No. 4 Bullets Top Shorewomen to Reclaim Centennial Crown

GETTYSBURG, Pa. Gettysburg reclaimed the top spot in the Centennial Conference by taking down Washington College 15-5 in the conference tournament championship game at Clark Field on Sunday.

Fourth-ranked Gettysburg (17-1) earned its conference-best seventh title overall, but its first since 2006. The Bullets powered past Washington (10-6), netting 11 of the first 12 goals and leading by as many as 13 in the game.

"It feels fabulous," said head coach Carol Cantele '83. "It couldn't happen to a greater group. They took advantage of the opportunity and I think they played a brilliant game. It was a goal that was a long time coming."

Senior Hannah Church (Ellicott City, Md./Mount de Sales) finished one off her personal mark with eight points in the game. She tossed in three goals with her last at 10:13 in the first half giving her 200 for her career. Church is just the second Bullet to reach 200 career goals. The Bullet senior also dished out a career-high five assists and climbed into fifth in school history with 257 career points.

Junior Lindsey Robinson (Potomac, Md./Holton-Arms) opened with the game's first three goals and finished with four goals and one assist. Sophomore Loren Pruitt (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) and freshman Bridget Kenny (Gladsone, N.J./Bernards) each posted a pair of goals.

After giving Gettysburg all it could handle in a 12-7 loss on April 14, Washington came out firing with the first four shot attempts. The Shorewomen came away empty as senior goalie Maddie Coleman (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) turned away three attempts, including a point-blank stop on a free-position attempt by Corinne Ziccardi.

After Washington scored its first goal to make it 4-1 at the 20-minute mark of the first half, the Bullets ran off the next seven scores with Pruitt capping the run off a feed from Church at 5:57.

Church assisted on the first two goals of the second half and sophomore Bailey Beardsley (Union Bridge, Md./Francis Scott Key) scored on a free position to make it 15-2 with 21 minutes left.

"We just knew we needed to be ready for anything," said Church, "Coach's motto is to take it day-by-day and take whatever is thrown at us. We were ready for anything and we practiced what we needed to. We were ready to go today."

Gettysburg finished with a 28-17 edge in shots and won 13 of 22 draw controls in the game.

Junior Mairead McGuirk (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll School) recorded six draw controls, three ground balls, and a pair of caused turnovers to pace the defensive effort. Sophomore Paige McKenna (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) added two ground balls and one caused turnover. Coleman finished with a game-high nine saves.

Carly Eisenbrandt led Washington with a pair of goals and Emily Hubley tallied one goal, two ground balls, and two caused turnovers.

Gettysburg will receive a short respite before moving on to the NCAA Division III Tournament after receiving the conference's automatic bid. The tournament field and pairings will be revealed on Sunday, May 6, with first-round games taking place on Wednesday, May 9. Gettysburg is the defending national champion in Division III.

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GETTYSBURG, PA Gettysburg's Hannah Church had a game-best five assists and eight points to go with three goals as host #4 Gettysburg downed visiting Washington College, 15-5, on Sunday afternoon at Clark Field in the 2012 Centennial championship game.

The Bullets, the tournament's top seed, improve to 17-1 overall and receive the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, while the third seeded Shorewomen conclude their campaign at 10-6. It was the first time that Washington appeared in the women's lacrosse conference championship game.

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