#4 Gettysburg Blasts by #11 Babson in Regional Semifinal

GETTYSBURG, Pa. Gettysburg College and Trinity (Conn.) College set out on a collision course for Sunday's NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Regional Championship with a pair of dominating performances on Saturday at Clark Field. The Bullets ran past Babson College 18-5, while the Bantams did the same to Stevens Institute of Technology 17-8.

Fourth-ranked Gettysburg (17-3) received 13 total points from seniors Nina Emala (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) and Hollis Stahl (Hightstown, N.J./Peddie School) to reach the regional championship for the seventh time in eight seasons. Trinity (15-3), ranked eighth, produced a balanced scoring effort as four players notched a hat trick. The Bantams qualified for their fourth regional title contest, but first since 1998. Gettysburg and Trinity will square off in the regional title game on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

The Bullets started early against No. 11 Babson (15-4) as seniors Jessica Crane (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) and Lexie Hearn (Old Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) posted the first two scores at 27:29 and 24:51, respectively.

Babson's Jamie Spang answered 20 seconds after Hearn's score to slice the margin in half, but Gettysburg dialed up the offense and mounted a 10-goal run over the final 23:58 of the opening period. Stahl hit for five goals, while Emala and senior Lauren Woodman (Denver, Colo./Kent) each struck twice. The Bullets entered the break with a 12-1 lead.

After being held scoreless for 24:45, the Beavers opened the final period with the first two tallies to pull to 12-3. Emala quelled the momentum with her team-best 11th free position goal of the year and added an unassisted score at 22:46. Sophomore Hannah Church (Ellicott City, Md./Mount de Sales Academy) added another unassisted goal just before the 20-minute mark to up the lead to 15-3.

Kaitlyn Pettengill was the only Beaver to solve Gettysburg keeper Kristen Krammer (Woodbine, Md./Glenelg) over the remainder of the game with a pair of scores in the final 16:04. Krammer posted five of her nine saves in the second half.

Gettysburg out-shot Babson 34-16 and won the battle off the draw 16-9. The Beavers coughed up the ball 17 times, including seven on clear attempts.

Emala's seven-point effort vaulted her into ninth on Gettysburg's all-time scoring list with 191 career points. Stahl's five goals moved her into third on the school's career list with 186, just one shy of 2003 graduate Megan Murphy. She added a game-high five draw controls and tied Crane for team honors with a pair of caused turnovers. Crane tallied two goals and two helpers, while junior Marnie Commins (Fairfax Station, Va./Robinson) put up one goal and three assists.

Junior Becky Lutz (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) made her presence felt on the defensive side and off the draw with six ground balls and three draw controls. Senior defender Nicole Ditillo (Baldwin, Md./Fallston) added four draw controls.

Pettengill led Babson with two goals and five shots. Alyssa Hood added one goal and one assist, while Bridget McCurdy and Anna Collins each posted three caused turnovers. Sarah Macary made 10 saves and scooped up 10 ground balls in the Beaver goal.


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