Church and Pruitt Pace No. 1 Gettysburg by Swarthmore

GETTYSBURG, Pa. Senior Hannah Church (Ellicott City, Md./Mount de Sales) and sophomore Loren Pruitt (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) combined for 11 goals as top-ranked Gettysburg got back in the win column with a 16-8 victory over Swarthmore at Clark Field on Saturday.

Gettysburg (8-1, 4-0 CC), which dropped a 17-15 decision at The College of New Jersey last night, showed no signs of weariness in racing past Swarthmore (7-3, 2-2 CC) in the opening half. After the Garnet tied the game 2-2 on a goal by Corinne Sommi, the Bullets ran off the next eight goals with Church and Pruitt accounting for the final three.

Sommi broke the run with a nice putback after a shot caromed off Gettysburg goalie Maddie Coleman (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) at 2:42. Pruitt capped the half with a quick shot off a feed from freshman Bridget Kenny (Gladstone, N.J./Bernards) with 1.9 seconds left in the period to give the Bullets an 11-3 lead.

Church and Pruitt continued their target practice to start the final period with the senior tossing in the first goal a minute in and the sophomore connecting on back-to-back scores to make it 14-3 with 24:55 to play. Swarthmore tallied five of the final seven goals, including two by Marie Mutryn.

Pruitt finished with a career-high six goals and Church tossed in five to go with one assist. Sophomore Katie Blumenthal (Malvern, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame) added one goal and two assists, all in the first half of play.

Coleman stood firm against Swarthmore's attack with a dozen saves. Sophomore Kelly Spieker (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) posted a pair of caused turnovers and junior Hayward Sawers (Timonium, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) notched one caused turnover and five ground balls.

Annalise Penikis led Swarthmore with two goals and two assists. Sommi and Mutryn each tallied a pair of scores, the former adding one assist and three ground balls.

With the victory, Gettysburg head coach Carol Cantele '83 moved one win away from reaching 300 career victories. She will have an opportunity to become just the seventh women's lacrosse coach from all divisions of the NCAA to reach the milestone on Wednesday, April 4, when the Bullets host McDaniel College at 7:00 p.m.

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GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Led by a six-goal performance from sophomore Loren Pruitt, the No. 1 and defending national champion Gettysburg Bullets (8-1, 4-0 CC) defeated Swarthmore by score of 16-8 on Saturday afternoon from the Battlefield.

Junior Annalise Penikis led the Garnet (7-3, 2-2) attack with two goals and two assists. With her two goals, Penikis is just one goal shy of her 100th career goal at Swarthmore.

Junior Corinne Sommi also scored two goals and added one assist and senior Marie Mutryn scored two goals as well. Junior Beth Martin and freshman Sara Lentricchia both scored one goal a piece.

A tight ballgame in the early going, the Bullets used an impressive eight-goal run over the next 20 minutes of play to build a comfortable 10-2 lead with less than three and a half minutes remaining in the half. Sommi stopped the bleeding for the Garnet with her second goal of the half, this time unassisted, in the 28th minute, but she was answered in the final second of the first half by a Bullets' goal, giving Gettysburg an 11-3 lead at the half.

Garnet goalie sophomore Michelle Ammerman finished the game with five saves and back up goalie senior Hillary Santana finished the game with one save.

The women look to bounce back when they face Neumann on Tuesday, April 3rd. Action is slated for 7:00 p.m. at Clothier Field.


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