No. 5 Bullets Overwhelm Cardinals

GETTYSBURG, Pa. Gettysburg's offense was on full display against Catholic University on Wednesday, as 11 players reached the scoring column in a lopsided 22-8 victory at Clark Field.

Gettysburg (13-1), ranked fifth in the latest national poll, tallied a season-high for goals and managed to do it while missing only nine shots. Freshman Maggie Connolly (Winchester, Mass./Winchester) made the most of her first collegiate start by racking up three goals and two assists. Juniors Loren Pruitt (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) and Katie Blumenthal (Malvern, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame) and sophomore Bridget Kenny (Gladstone, N.J./Bernards) also scored three times for the hosts.

The Bullets wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as junior Kelsey Markiewicz (Taconic, Conn./Berkshire School (Mass.)) found Pruitt 10 seconds into the contest. Catholic (7-7) would pull to 2-1 on a goal by Nicole Laitner at 27:01, but Gettysburg blew the game open with each of the next 11 goals, including a six-second goal by Pruitt at 10:39.

The Bullets went into the break with a comfortable 15-3 advantage.

Sophomore Liz Cocchiola (Lebanon, N.J./North Hunterdon) and junior Bailey Beardsley (Union Bridge, Md./Francis Scott Key) scored a pair of goals in the first 1:37 of the final period to push the lead to 17-3. Seven different Bullets would score in the last stanza to close the win.

Gettysburg finished with advantages in shots (31-16), ground balls (19-12), and draw controls (17-15).

Senior Lindsey Robinson (Potomac, Md./Holton-Arms) recorded a goal and three assists for the Bullets. Robinson moved into second place on Gettysburg's all-time list for assists with 126, passing 2008 graduate Katie Ceglarski. Sophomore Mandy Buell (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) and Beardsley each finished with two goals and two helpers.

Similar to the offense, the defense turned in a well-rounded effort as 13 different players notched a ground ball and six posted caused turnovers. Senior Hayward Sawers (Timonium, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) led the way with three caused turnovers, two ground balls, and three draw controls. Senior Mairead McGuirk (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll School) posted five draw controls and freshman goalie Lindsay Clinton (Barto, Pa./Boyertown) finished with three ground balls to go with four saves in the cage.

Gettysburg hosts No. 20 Washington College on Saturday, April 20, at 1:00 p.m.

2013-04-17



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