No. 5 Gettysburg Tops No. 6 Franklin & Marshall in CC Final

After a Mary Mitchell score made it 14-11 with 1:54 left, the Diplomats forced a turnover and marched up the field. Their last shot attempt was stopped in its tracks by Clinton with just over one minute remaining.

Gettysburg repeats as conference champ for the first time since winning five titles from 2002-2006. The Bullets finished with a 16-11 advantage on the draw and a 29-20 lead in shots.

“It's absolutely amazing,” said senior Alex Casey (Jenkintown, Pa./Abington), who finished with three ground balls and two caused turnovers. “Every day we come out here giving 100 percent and everyone works so hard for the common goal of winning the championship.”

After putting up seven points in the semifinal win over Washington College, Robinson turned in one goal and four helpers against Franklin & Marshall. Markiewicz, Pruitt, and sophomore Mandy Buell (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) each scored a pair of goals. Senior Hayward Sawers (Timonium, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) put up three ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Brittney Jorgenson led the Diplomats with four goals, while Mitchell tallied three scores. Goalie Kelsey Hoffman finished with eight saves.

Gettysburg will await the announcement of the NCAA Tournament field to find out its opponent in the opening round set for Wednesday, May 8.

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GETTYSBURG, Pa. – No. 5 Gettysburg defeated No. 6 Franklin & Marshall 14-11 in the Centennial Conference championship Sunday afternoon. The Bullets earned the CC's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament and improved to 18-1, while the Diplomats (14-4) will have to wait and see if they get an at-large bid.

Brittney Jorgenson had a game-high four goals, Mary Mitchell tallied three times, Lauren Selawski netted two goals while Caroline Krohn and Emily Everdell each added a point for the Diplomats. Casey Madden and Anastasia Mergner finished with two helpers apiece.

Gettysburg never trailed and jumped out to an early 1-0 lead two minutes into the game before Jorgenson tied it at 1-1 with 22:18 left in the first. The Bullets answered with three straight goals and Everdell stopped the run with a tally at 17:46 to make it 4-2.

Kelsey Markiewicz put Gettysburg up 5-2 and the Diplomats answered with a 3-0 run to tie the game at 5-5 with 10:29 left in the first. Madden found Mitchell to start the run and Selawski scored back-to-back goals to the end the spurt.

The Bullets put two through over a five-minute span to go up 7-5 with 3:00 left and Madden assisted Jorgenson at 1:31 to bring F&M within a goal, 7-6. Bridget Kenny found the back of the net with just 14 seconds left in the half to give the Bullets an 8-6 halftime edge.

Gettysburg opened the second with two straight and the Diplomats matched that with two points of their own to make it 10-8 at 20:21. Mergner hooked up with Jorgenson for the first score and Krohn scored on a free position for the second goal.

Both teams traded scores over a seven-minute span with Gettysburg holding onto a 12-10 lead with 11:02 left to play. The Bullets were able to control the ball for the majority of final 10 minutes of action, eating up valuable minutes off the clock. Gettysburg scored twice in the time frame and Mitchell scored at 1:54 to make it 14-11.

Jen Noon casused two turnovers with two ground balls while Caroline Doran, Megan Kelly and Mergner eached finished with two ground balls.

Kelsey Hoffman fell to 14-4 with eight saves while Lindsay Clinton went to 17-1 with nine stops.

F&M went 14 for 17 in clears while the Bullets held a 29-20 advantage in shots and came away with 16 of the game's 27 draws.

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