No. 4 Gettysburg Shoots Past No. 7 Franklin & Marshall

GETTYSBURG, Pa. Junior Lindsey Robinson (Potomac, Md./Holton-Arms) tied a personal best with nine points to lead an efficient Gettysburg attack as the fourth-ranked Bullets raced past No. 7 Franklin & Marshall, 15-4, Wednesday night at Clark Field.

With the victory, Gettysburg (13-1, 8-0 CC) secured home-field advantage for the Centennial Conference Tournament on April 28-29. Robinson paved the way with a career-high six goals and three assists. Freshman Bridget Kenny (Gladstone, N.J./Bernards) added four goals and sophomore Loren Pruitt (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) netted three tallies. Sophomore Katie Blumenthal (Malvern, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame) dished out a career-high five assists in the victory.

After falling to Franklin & Marshall (12-3, 7-1 CC) by a goal in last season's conference tournament finale, Gettysburg left nothing to chance on Wednesday. The hosts missed only four shots in the opening half and jumped out to a 3-1 lead just nine minutes in.

Following the Diplomats first goal at 20:27, the Bullets finished the first period by netting the final nine goals to head into the break with a 12-1 lead. Robinson had a hand in five goals, while Kenny lit the lamp three times during the run.

Franklin & Marshall opened the final period with the first two goals, the last by Kimberly Abruzzo cutting the lead to 12-3 with 18:53 to play. Gettysburg only fired off four shots in the final period, but three found pay-dirt. Robinson tallied her sixth and final goal off a feed from Blumenthal to make it 15-3 with 8:45 to play.

Despite being out-shot 22-20, Gettysburg missed only five attempts on the night. The Bullets led in draw controls (12-9) and ground balls (15-13).

Gettysburg senior goalie Maddie Coleman (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) made six of her game-high nine saves in the second half to keep the Diplomats from mounting a comeback. She also logged five ground balls in beating Franklin & Marshall for the first time in her career as a starter.

Senior Hannah Church (Ellicott City, Md./Mount de Sales) posted a pair of goals and moved just two shy of second place on Gettysburg's all-time list. Junior Hayward Sawers (Timonium, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) dished out an assist and recorded two ground balls and two caused turnovers, while Kenny and junior Mairead McGuirk (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll School) combined for seven draw controls.

Abruzzo finished with two goals and an assist and Libby Nichols tallied four caused turnovers for Franklin & Marshall.

Gettysburg closes out its conference schedule at Bryn Mawr College on Saturday, April 21, at 1:00 p.m. The Bullets also have a non-conference tilt against No. 15 Washington & Lee University at home on Sunday, April 22, at 3:00 p.m.

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GETTYSBURG, Pa. No. 4 Gettysburg defeated No. 7 Franklin & Marshall 15-4 in Centennial Conference action Wednesday evening. The Bullets (13-1, 8-0 CC) clinched the top-seed in the CC Tournament and earned the right to host next weekend. F&M (12-3, 7-1 CC) has secured the second seed and will find out its opponent after Saturday's CC contests.

The Bullets opened the game with three goals in the first nine minutes of action. Casey Madden put F&M on the board when she deposited a feed from Kimberly Abruzzo to make it 3-1 at 20:27. Gettysburg responded with nine straight goals to go into the break with a 12-1 edge.

F&M came out strong in the second half with two tallies in the opening 12 minutes of action. Mary Mitchell took a Caroline Krohn pass and found the back of the net at 23:14 and Abruzzo picked up her second goal with an unassisted score at 18:53. The Bullets rallied off three straight before Abruzzo scored for the third time to make 15-4.

Mitchell had a team-high three groundballs and Kara Stanley came away with four draws.

The Diplomats outshot Gettysburg, 22-20, and went a perfect 12 for 12 on clears.

2012-04-18



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