Sixth-Ranked Gettysburg Turns Back Dickinson

GETTYSBURG, Pa. Junior Hannah Church (Ellicott City, Md./Mount de Sales) recorded her 100th career point as one of three Bullets to net a hat trick as sixth-ranked Gettysburg downed Dickinson College 13-6 at Clark Field on Tuesday night.

Church reached the career milestone with her third goal with 1:05 to play in the game. Sophomore Haley Stauch (Trappe, Md./Sts. Peter & Paul) and freshman Loren Pruitt (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) also posted three goals for Gettysburg (6-1, 3-0 CC), while senior goalkeeper Laura McIntyre (Glenmoore, Pa./Coatesville) posted a season-high eight saves.

It was a low-scoring affair to start, but Gettysburg netted each of the first four goals, including back-to-back tosses by Pruitt. The hosts had several more opportunities go awry as Dickinson goalie Jessie Clark made a series of point-blank stops.

Dickinson (4-7, 1-2 CC) finally broke the egg at 3:51 with a free-position goal by Taryn Abbassian. That's where the score stood as the teams went into halftime.

Gettysburg struck early in the second session as freshman Katie Blumenthal (Malvern, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame) scored just 14 seconds into the period. The hosts threw in five of the first six goals of the second half with the last by Pruitt at 19:18 putting the score at 8-2.

The Red Devils cut into the deficit with four of the next five goals. Clare Manoli's second goal at 1:48 sliced the margin to 10-6. However, Gettysburg turned up the heat by winning three-straight draw controls and turning each into a score.

Gettysburg finished with a 34-16 edge in shots, a 21-11 edge in ground balls, and a 13-8 edge in draw controls.

Freshman Kelsey Markiewicz (Taconic, Conn./Berkshire School (Mass.)) added one goal and one assist for the hosts, while sophomore Lindsey Robinson (Potomac, Md./Holton-Arms) put up one goal and two helpers.

Senior Becky Lutz (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) harassed the Red Devils all over the field and finished with a career-high seven caused turnovers to go with three ground balls and two draw controls. Sophomore defender Mairead McGuirk (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll School) helped Gettysburg control the game with six draw controls, while sophomore Kat Nestor (Darien, Conn./Darien) scooped up four ground balls.

Gettysburg will host top-ranked The College of New Jersey on Friday, April 1, at 5:00 p.m.

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(Gettysburg, Pa.) Dickinson College played with #6-ranked Gettysburg for the better part of the game on Tuesday, but fell to the Bullets, 13-6.

The Bullets took an early lead, scoring just 1:26 into the contest. They struck again as Marnie Commins added an assist to her goal for a 2-0 lead. That score would hold until the 11:15 mark as Loren Pruitt scored her second of the night.

Hannah Church found the net to make the score 4-0 before junior Taryn Abbassian (Vernon Hills, Ill./Vernon Hills) scored on a free position to put the Devils on the board at the 3:51 mark.

Gettysburg came out strong to start the second half, netting a pair in the first 1:32 to hold a 6-1 advantage. The Devils capitalized on another free position as Sunnie Ko (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) converted at the 26:50 mark to break-up a five-goal run.

The Bullets answered with three straight to make the score, 9-2 with 19:18 remaining in the game. The Red Devils went on a run of their own, scoring the next three goals to cut the deficit to 9-5. First-year Lindsay Edgerley (Germantown, Md./Connelly School of the Holy Child) triggered the run with another free position goal.

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