No. 4 Gettysburg Rolls in Opener vs. No. 13 Mary Washington

GETTYSBURG, Pa. It took all of 21 seconds for Gettysburg to officially ring in the 2013 season as the Bullets easily dispatched No. 13 Mary Washington 12-2 at Clark Field on Thursday.

Gettysburg (1-0), ranked fourth in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III preseason poll, poured in the game's first eight goals. Junior Loren Pruitt (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) started the barrage with the first goal of the season at 29:39. Sophomore Mandy Buell (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) followed up 28 seconds later with senior Lindsey Robinson (Potomac, Md./Holton-Arms) logging her second-straight assist.

Pruitt and classmate Kelsey Markiewicz (Salisbury, Conn./Berkshire School (Mass.)) each scored twice to lead Gettysburg to a 7-0 lead at the half. Mary Washington (1-1) had no answer on its offensive end, tallying just four shots, while committing 11 turnovers in the opening period.

The visitors finally broke the scoring column with 28:24 left in the game on a shot by Angela Sperbeck. Sperbeck would add a free-position goal later in the half, but those would be the only tallies against freshman goalie Lindsay Clinton (Barto, Pa./Boyertown) who finished with seven saves.

Pruitt tossed in two more goals in the second period to finish with four in the game. After dishing out five assists, Robinson hit the back of the net with only three seconds in the contest. Sophomore Bridget Kenny (Gladstone, N.J./Bernards) posted three goals, while junior Bailey Beardsley (Union Bridge, Md./Francis Scott Key) handed out a pair of assists.

Defensively, senior Lindsay Menton (Ellicott City, Md./Glenelg Country School) posted three caused turnovers and three ground balls. Senior Hayward Sawers (Timonium, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) recorded six ground balls, three draw controls, and two caused turnovers, while senior Mairead McGuirk (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll School) closed with three draw controls, two ground balls, and two caused turnovers.

Gettysburg finished with a 31-15 advantage in shots and a 23-17 lead in ground balls. With the victory, the Bullets reached 120-straight victories over teams ranked outside the national top 10.

Gettysburg faces the Welsh National Team in an exhibition on Friday, Feb. 22, at 4:00 p.m. at Clark Field. The Bullets next intercollegiate contest will take place at home against No. 10 Messiah College on Saturday, March 2, at 1:00 p.m.

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Mary Washington dropped an 12-2 decision at fourth-ranked Gettysburg on Thursday afternoon, dropping the 13th-ranked Eagles to 1-1 on the young season.

The Bullets started in a flourish, scoring twice in the opening 48 seconds of play. Gettysburg ran its lead to 5-0 in the opening five minutes, but the Eagle defense settled down from that point forward, allowing just two more scores in the next 25 minutes, and the Bullets led, 7-0, at halftime.

In the second half, Gettysburg opened the scoring to advance the lead to eight before Angela Sperbeck scored for the Eagles with 28:24 remaining. The hosts then scored two straight before Sperbeck scored again with 17:34 left to cut the deficit to 10-2. Gettysburg scored again with 14 minutes remaining, and capped the scoring with three seconds left.

The Bullets led in shots, 31-15, and in ground balls, 23-17. UMW goalkeeper Kathryn Stiltz had nine saves for the Eagles in 60 minutes of action. Senior defender Katie Mastropaolo had four ground balls and three caused turnovers for the Eagles.

Mary Washington will return to action on Sunday afternoon when they visit Wesley College at 2:00 p.m. in the Capital Athletic Conference opener.


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