No. 5 Gettysburg Drops Close Battle with No. 4 Middlebury

GETTYSBURG, Pa. Fourth-ranked Middlebury broke a nine-all tie with a three-goal run midway through the second half to help propel the Panthers to a 14-11 victory over No. 5 Gettysburg in action at Clark Field on Tuesday.

Junior Loren Pruitt (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) turned in four goals and dished out an assist for Gettysburg (7-1), which suffered its first loss of the season. Junior Kelsey Markiewicz (Taconic, Conn./Berkshire School (Mass.)) added three goals, while senior Lindsey Robinson (Potomac, Md./Holton-Arms) posted one goal and three assists.

Ellen Halle led Middlebury (5-0) with five goals and one assist. Margaret Souther posted two goals and two assists, while goalie Alyssa Palomba posted nine saves, four ground balls, and three caused turnovers.

Trailing by three late in the first half, Gettysburg made a run with four of the next five goals. Back-to-back goals by sophomore Bridget Kenny (Gladstone, N.J./Bernards) and Markiewicz set the score at 8-7 heading into the break.

Michaela Colbert put the visitors in front by two with a goal to start the final stanza, but the Bullets posted the next two tallies to tie the game. Robinson had a helping hand in both with assists to Pruitt and Markiewicz to set the score at 9-9 with 22:02 to play.

Gettysburg was unable to get off a shot to regain the lead as the hosts turned the ball over on each of their next three possessions. Middlebury used the miscues to its advantage with three consecutive goals, beginning with a free-position tally by Alice Pfeifer at 20:38.

After a goal by Laural Pascal at 17:14, Souther tossed in the eventual game-winning goal at 14:05 to cap the run. Gettysburg picked up a pair of goals by Pruitt, but each tally was answered in kind by Halle to keep the three-goal margin.

Gettysburg came out firing in the early going with four of the first five goals. Robinson's only goal would give the hosts a 4-1 lead at 17:22.

The Panthers ran off seven of the next eight goals to jump in front 8-5 with 7:09 left in the opening frame. Halle started the run 15 seconds after Robinson's goal and accounted for two more goals and an assist during the stretch.

Middlebury held the advantage in shots (29-25), ground balls (27-20), and draw controls (14-13). Gettysburg committed a season-high 21 turnovers in the loss.

Kenny posted two goals and an assist and sophomore Mandy Buell (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) dished out two assists. Senior Hayward Sawers (Timonium, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) posted three caused turnovers and three draw controls, while Robinson logged four ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Gettysburg returns to action with a Centennial Conference match-up with Muhlenberg College at Clark Field on Friday, March 29, at 4:00 p.m.


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