No. 7 Gettysburg Routs Ursinus in Centennial Finale

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. Nine was the magic number on Saturday for the Gettysburg College women's lacrosse team as the seventh-ranked Bullets tallied the first nine goals and polished off a perfect regular season in the Centennial Conference (9-0) with a 16-6 victory over Ursinus College on Saturday.

Gettysburg (15-2, 9-0 CC), which clinched its fifth undefeated campaign in the CC, received four goals and one assist from senior Nina Emala (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) and one goal and three helpers from senior Jessica Crane (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury). Sophomore Hannah Church (Ellicott City, Md./Mount de Sales) tossed in three goals and junior Becky Lutz (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) notched a personal best with seven ground balls.

Coming off its first victory over archrival Franklin & Marshall College in four years on Wednesday, the Bullets were not caught on a honeymoon as the team jumped on top with four goals in the opening 10 minutes, the last two coming from Emala. Emala tossed in two more goals before assisting on a score by Hollis Stahl (Hightstown, N.J./Peddie School) which gave Gettysburg a 9-0 lead with 9:27 to play.

Ursinus (11-5, 6-3 CC) reached the scoring column on a goal by Emily Hummel at 4:45, but Stahl gave the visitors a 10-1 lead with the final score of the half at 3:21. The teams traded a series of goals to start the final period until a 3-0 run of unassisted scores by the Bullets put the score at 16-5 with 4:53 to play.

Gettysburg doubled Ursinus' shot count (38-19) and committed only nine turnovers to the host's 20.

Emala's five-point day pushed her into a tie for 11th on the school's all-time scoring list with 179 points. Stahl finished with two goals, one assist, and three ground balls, while senior Lexie Hearn (Old Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) also posted two goals and one assist. Senior Lauren Woodman (Denver, Colo./Kent Denver) tallied two scores and freshman Lindsey Robinson (Potomac, Md./Holton-Arms) added one goal and one helper.

Senior goalkeeper Kristen Krammer (Woodbine, Md./Glenelg) made nine saves and held an opponent to seven goals or less for the fifth consecutive outing. Lutz topped her previous ground ball mark by one and senior defender Nicole Ditillo (Baldwin, Md./Fallston) chipped in with three ground balls.

Huumel and Lindsey Urban each tossed in two goals for Ursinus, while Allison Furman recorded one goal and two assists. Alex McBride made 10 saves in the loss.

Gettysburg will host the 2010 CC Women's Lacrosse Championship next weekend, May 1-2, at Clark Field. The Bullets will play the winner of Wednesday's first-round game between Dickinson College and Haverford College on Saturday, May 1, while Franklin & Marshall will meet Ursinus in the other semi. Game times for Saturday's semifinals and Sunday's championship will be announced on Monday, April 26.


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