No. 5 Gettysburg Shuts Down No. 15 Washington & Lee

GETTYSBURG, Pa. Washington and Lee University was held to its lowest offensive output of the season as No. 4 Gettysburg College capped the regular season with a 10-4 victory over the 15th-ranked Generals Sunday afternoon at Clark Field.

Gettysburg (15-1) ran its winning streak to eight games heading into the Centennial Conference Tournament scheduled for next weekend (April 28-29) on its home turf. The defense performed a lot of the heavy lifting as Washington and Lee (13-4) finished just 10 for 23 on clear attempts and committed 27 turnovers.

Offensively, senior Hannah Church (Ellicott City, Md./Mount de Sales) moved into second place on Gettysburg's all-time list for goals with a pair of tallies, giving her 194 for her career. She also dished out a season-high three assists. Junior Hayward Sawers (Timonium, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) and sophomores Bailey Beardsley (Union Bridge, Md./Francis Scott Key) and Loren Pruitt (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) each tossed in a pair of goals.

W&L, which came into the game riding a seven-game winning streak, opened with the game's first goal just 43 seconds in as Alli Shearin found Margaret Klein in front of the cage. That would be the team's only tally of the period as the weather and Gettysburg's defense combined to disrupt the transition game. The visitors went just 4 for 11 on clears and committed 16 turnovers in the first period.

Church kicked off a nine-goal run by the hosts with a free-position goal at 25:26. Sophomore Katie Blumenthal (Malvern, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame) assisted on two of the next three goals, the last by Church giving the Bullets a 4-1 edge at 11:21. The Bullets won the ensuing draw after Church's goal and Sawers scored just nine seconds later.

Sawers scored again to start the final period before Meade Brewster broke up the run with her first goal to cut the margin to 9-2 at 20:21. Gettysburg wasted little time on the next possession as Church found Blumenthal in front of the net for a one-timer 20 seconds later.

Gettysburg out-shot W&L 29-18 and posted a season-high 30 ground balls. The two squads split the 16 draw controls.

Blumenthal finished with a goal and two assists, while junior Lindsey Robinson (Potomac, Md./Holton-Arms) handed out a pair of helpers and corralled three draw controls for Gettysburg.

Senior Maddie Coleman (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) made all seven of her saves in the second period to pace the defense. Junior Kat Nestor (Darien, Conn./Darien) logged five caused turnovers and three ground balls, while Sawers added four caused turnovers and four ground balls to her offensive numbers.

Goalie Cara Mulligan recorded nine saves, three caused turnovers, and five ground balls for the Generals. Brewster led the offense with two goals and Christina Benedetti posted a game-high five draw controls.

Gettysburg closed the regular season with its best record since going 16-0 in 2006. The Bullets received a first-round bye in the conference tournament and will host the winner between Swarthmore College and Ursinus College in one of the two semifinals slated for next Saturday. Franklin & Marshall College will square off with Washington College in the other semifinal contest. The first game will take place at 1:00 p.m. at Clark Field. Sunday's title game is also set to begin at 1:00 p.m.

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GETTYSBURG, Pa. The 15th-ranked Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team allowed No. 4 Gettysburg to go on a nine-goal run and defeat the Generals, 10-4, on Sunday afternoon at Clark Field.

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2012-04-22



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