Coleman Leads No. 6 Gettysburg Past McDaniel

WESTMINSTER, Md. Hannah Church scored three goals to lead sixth-ranked Gettysburg to a 10-5 Centennial Conference (CC) women's lacrosse victory over McDaniel on Wednesday.

The Bullets (8-2, 5-0 CC) raced out to an 8-0 lead in the game's first 21:13, converting eight of their first 10 shots.

Lisa Jurd (Columbia, Md./Hammond) and Paige Messersmith (Phoenix, Md./Dulaney) paced the Green Terror (1-10, 1-5 CC) with a pair of goals each.

Lindsay Menton found Marnie Commins for a 1-0 lead just 54 seconds into the contest before Church scored off a Lexi Kelly feed 4:21 later.

Kelsey Markiewicz registered all three of her points a 5-minute, 28-second span, bookending an assists to Lindsey Robinson with goals to stretch the lead to 5-0 with 13:46 to play. Commins had one of her two assists on Markiewicz's first marker.

Robinson and Mention made it a 7-0 game with 10:56 on the clock before Church capped the opening stretch with an unassisted goal.

Jurd got McDaniel on the board with 4:20 showing in the first half before Messersmith trimmed the deficit to 8-2 with a solo run 2 minutes, 25 seconds on the other side of intermission.

Church responded 2:23 later before Jurd sparked a three-goal flurry by McDaniel with 18:02 on the clock.

Messersmith added a fourth unassisted marker nearly a minute and a half later before Chelsea Watkins (Columbia, Md./Hammond) hit Brittany Lines (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) with 13:08 showing to make it a 9-5 game.

Katie Blumenthal set the final margin with 7:39 showing. The Green Terror returns to action at Muhlenberg on Saturday. Game time is 12:00 p.m.

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WESTMINSTER, Md. Junior Maddie Coleman (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) made a career-high 12 saves and the sixth-ranked Gettysburg College women's lacrosse team remained perfect in Centennial Conference play with a 10-5 victory at McDaniel College on Wednesday.

Gettysburg (8-2, 5-0 CC) received three goals from junior Hannah Church (Ellicott City, Md./Potomac) and two goals and an assist from both sophomore Lindsey Robinson (Potomac, Md./Holton-Arms) and freshman Kelsey Markiewicz (Taconic, Conn./Berkshire School (Mass.)).

The Bullets had no issues early as senior Marnie Commins (Fairfax Station, Va./Robinson) scored off a pass from sophomore Lindsay Menton (Ellicott City, Md./Glenelg Country School) just 54 seconds into the contest. Gettysburg added seven more goals before McDaniel (1-10, 1-5 CC) finally cracked the scoring column before the end of the opening half.

The visitor's were unable to maintain the pace in the final stanza, committing 14 of their game-high 25 turnovers in the period. McDaniel took advantage, netting four of the first five goals to pull to 9-5 with 13 minutes left.

Gettysburg held off the late charge as freshman Katie Blumenthal (Malvern, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame) put in the game's final tally from Robinson at 7:39.

The Bullets were out-shot by a conference opponent in the regular season for the first time since the 2009 regular-season finale against Franklin & Marshall College. McDaniel finished with a 27-19 edge in shots, while Gettysburg led in ground balls (22-19) and draw controls (9-8).

Coleman topped her previous personal best by two set just last week against top-ranked College of New Jersey. She was aided in the defensive end by senior Becky Lutz (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) and junior Lexi Kelly (Ridley Park, Pa./Agnes Irwin) who each tallied three caused turnovers. Lutz added a team-best three draw controls, while Kelly scooped up a career-high eight ground balls.

Lisa Jurd and Paige Messersmith each tossed in a pair of goals for McDaniel, while Aimee Semier made six stops in the cage.

Gettysburg returns to action this Saturday, April 9, with a conference road trip to Ursinus College. Game time is set for noon.

2011-04-06



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