No. 6 Bullets Blast Past Alvernia for 11th Victory

READING, Pa. After scoring seven goals in just over five minutes to blow by Catholic University yesterday, Gettysburg College continued its furious pace on Wednesday night with a season-high 18 goals in a rout of Alvernia University.

Sixth-ranked Gettysburg (11-2) was clicking on both ends of the field despite playing for the second consecutive day. The team topped its previous season high for goals by one and had a season-best 38 looks at the goal. Defensively, the team held Alvernia (9-3) 15 goals below its season scoring average heading into the day and held an opponent to season lows in goals (1) and shots (13), while tying a season mark with 15 caused turnovers.

Nine Bullets found the back on the net on Wednesday with junior Hannah Church (Ellicott City, Md./Mount de Sales) tossing in four goals on five shots. Freshman Bailey Beardsley (Union Bridge, Md./Francis Scott Key) posted season highs of four goals, two assists and six points, while classmates Katie Blumenthal (Malvern, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame), Loren Pruitt (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown), and Grace Ciolfi (Scituate, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) each tallied two goal s and one helper.

Gettysburg, which erased a 10-9 deficit to Catholic by netting seven-straight scores late in the second half on Tuesday, jumped out to the quick lead with five scores in the first seven minutes at Alvernia. Church hit for two of those scores, and just minutes later the junior capped her offensive day with back-to-back goals to put the Bullets up 8-0 at 10:53.

Beardsley factored into the final three goals of the half, dishing out an assist and scoring twice in 26 seconds, as the visitors went into the break with an 11-0 advantage.

After Gettysburg tallied the opening goal of the second half, the Crusaders ended the offensive drought with their first goal 37:18 into the match. Senior Laura McIntyre (Glenmoore, Pa./Coatesville) and freshman Jenn Levy (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) held ground the rest of the way and combined for nine saves in the visitor's goal.

Sophomore Haley Stauch (Trappe, Md./Sts. Peter & Paul) added two goals and three draw controls in the win. Senior Marnie Commins (Fairfax Station, Va./Robinson) led the offense with three assists. Freshmen Kelsey Markiewicz (Taconic, Conn./Berkshire School (Mass.)) and Kelly Spieker (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) each tallied one goal and led the defense with three and four caused turnovers, respectively.

Gettysburg returns home for a Centennial Conference match up with Washington College (10-3, 4-3 CC) on Saturday, April 16, at 1:00 p.m.

2011-04-14



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