No. 7 Bullets Gun Down No. 16 Athenas in NCAAs

SALISBURY, Md. Gettysburg scored 12 consecutive goals in the first half, including five off the stick of junior Hannah Church (Ellicott City, Md./Mount de Sales), and cruised the rest of the way to a 18-11 victory over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament at Salisbury.

Gettysburg (16-4) advances to the regional finale for the fifth time in six seasons and will face host Salisbury (18-2) in Sunday's regional finale at 1:00 p.m. at Sea Gull Stadium. The Sea Gulls have ended the Bullets' season in each of the past two seasons in the semifinals.

Church finished with five goals and tied the third-highest goal total for a season in school history with 71. Freshmen Loren Pruitt (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) and Kelsey Markiewicz (Salisbury, Md./Berkshire School (Mass.)) each tallied three goals. Senior Marnie Commins (Fairfax Station, Va./Robinson) dished out four assists and scored one goal, while junior Lexi Kelly (Ridley Park, Pa./Agnes Iriwin) and sophomore Mairead McGuirk (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll School) finished with four and three caused turnovers, respectively.

It wasn't a smooth beginning for the Bullets' second-round affair as Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (16-3) scored the opening goal at 27:53. The teams traded turnovers for the next several minutes until Markiewicz broke for the goal and scored at 22:22.

It was the start of a dominating run by Gettysburg, which saw the team score on 12 of its 16 shots. Church tallied the go-ahead tally at 18:44 and turned in a personal three-goal run to make it 8-1 at 12:50. After the Bullets' junior attacker scored her fifth and final goal at 7:10, Pruitt closed the run off a feed from freshman Katie Blumenthal (Malvern, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame) at 3:07.

CMS scored the final two goals of the opening period to make it 12-3 at the break. The Athenas continued to drive to the goal to start the final period, pouring in four of the first five goals to pull to 13-7 on a free-position goal by Ali Abramovitz at 20:42.

Gettysburg put the game to bed with four-straight tallies, beginning with freshman Kelly Spieker's (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) third goal of the year at 17:24 and ending with fellow first-year Grace Ciolfi's (Scituate, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) second score of the game at 10:03, to go ahead 17-7 with 10 minutes left. CMS put in four of the final five goals to cap the scoring.

Gettysburg finished with a 31-23 edge in shots and a 22-11 lead in ground balls, but the Athenas dominated draw controls 20-9. The Bullets also forced CMS into 24 turnovers.

Ciofli added an assist to her goal total and Blumenthal posted one goal and one assist. Senior Becky Lutz (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) and Commins each posted four ground balls.

Junior Maddie Coleman (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) made the start in goal and made four stops, while senior Laura McIntyre (Glenmoore, Pa./Coatesville) played the final 30 minutes and also made four saves.

Sarah Dick scored four goals and Abramovitz turned in three tallies to lead CMS. Katie Morrison made five saves in the loss.

2011-05-14



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