#5 Gettysburg Ousts Shorewomen in Centennial Semifinals

GETTYSBURG, Pa. One of the best rivalries in collegiate women's lacrosse will receive a sequel this season as fifth-ranked Gettysburg and sixth-ranked Franklin & Marshall cruised in the semifinals of the Centennial Conference Championship at Clark Field.

Top-seeded Gettysburg (17-1) led by as many as 10 in the second half en route to a 17-9 victory over Washington College (13-5) in Saturday's first semifinal. Franklin & Marshall (14-3) led from start-to-finish in a 15-7 win over Haverford College (13-5) in game two.

Washington gave Gettysburg a tough test during the regular season, but Saturday's affair was all Bullets. The hosts opened with the game's first five goals, including a pair of free-position scores by sophomore Mandy Buell (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill).

Emily Hubley put the Shorewomen on the board with back-to-back goals 35 seconds apart and another goal by Carley Kendall cut the margin to 5-3 at 17:26. That was as close as the visitors would get as Gettysburg tossed in seven of the next eight goals to end the period. Sophomore Bridget Kenny (Gladstone, N.J./Bernards) found senior Lindsey Robinson (Potomac, Md./Holton-Arms) in front of the net with one second on the clock to give the Bullets a 12-4 lead.

A three-goal run just before the midpoint of the second period capped by a score by junior Loren Pruitt (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) gave the hosts a 16-6 lead with 16:10 to play.

Robinson finished with seven points on three goals and four assists for Gettysburg. The senior also grabbed four ground balls and two draw controls and she moved past Hannah Church '12 and Colleen Dunn '96 into third on the program's career scoring list with 273 points. Buell connected on all five of her shot attempts en route to a personal best scoring effort.

Pruitt tallied three goals with Kenny and freshman Maggie Connolly (Winchester, Mass./Winchester) recording two goals and one assist. Junior Kelsey Markiewicz (Taconic, Conn./Berkshire School (Mass.)) posted a pair of goals.

Gettysburg tied a season high with 15 caused turnovers. Senior Alex Casey (Jenkintown, Pa./Abington) led the defense with four caused turnovers and grabbed four ground balls. Seniors Kat Nestor (Darien, Conn./Darien) and Hayward Sawers (Timonium, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) each contributed three ground balls and two caused turnovers, while freshman goalie Lindsay Clinton (Barto, Pa./Boyertown) finished with six saves.

Hubley finished with four goals, one assist, two ground balls, and five draw controls for Washington. Corinne Ziccardi added two goals and Stephanie Seibert made seven saves.

Like Gettysburg, Franklin & Marshall never trailed against Haverford, opening with the first three goals. The Diplomats went up 7-2 before back-to-back scores by the Fords pulled the deficit to three at halftime.

Franklin & Marshall powered past Haverford with six of the first seven goals of the final stanza to take a 13-5 lead with 12:40 to play.

Caroline Krohn and Kimberly Abruzzo each posted three goals for Franklin & Marshall. Maggie Mae Shields added two goals and four draw controls, while goalie Kelsey Hoffman stopped nine shots.

Haverford goalie Shannon Horn capped a busy afternoon with 16 saves and four ground balls. Diana Perry tossed in three goals and Kenny Likes posted two goals and one helper.

Gettysburg and Franklin & Marshall squared off in the conference tournament every year from 2003 to 2011. The Bullets won the first four meetings before the Diplomats took the crown five consecutive seasons. Franklin & Marshall did not participate in last season's postseason and watched Gettysburg scoop up its league-record seventh title.

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2013-05-04



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