No. 6 Gettysburg Cruises to Victory at Messiah

GRANTHAM, Pa. Gettysburg turned in 15 of the first 17 goals as the sixth-ranked Bullets cruised to a 16-6 victory at Messiah in non-conference lacrosse action Saturday afternoon.

Gettysburg (2-0) jumped all over Messiah (1-1) from the outset with four different players finding the back of the net in the first three minutes. After the Falcons tallied their first goal, the visitor's put the clamp down defensively, holding the hosts off the board while forcing 14 turnovers in the opening period alone.

The Bullets poured in five more goals before the end of the first half with a goal by sophomore Abby Baigelman (Larchmont, N.Y./Mamaroneck) setting the score at 9-1 heading into the break.

Senior Kelsey Markiewicz's (Taconic, Conn./Berkshire School (Mass.)) fourth and final goal pushed the advantage to 11-1 with just over 25 remaining. Messiah's second goal at 22:18 was followed by a four-goal run by Gettysburg, capped by back-to-back scores by sophomore Samantha Aiello (Sparks, Md./Maryvale Prep), which made it 15-2 with 13:50 to play.

Junior Mandy Buell (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) tied Markiewicz for team honors with four points on two goals and two assists. Junior Bridget Kenny (Gladstone, N.J./Bernards) and sophomores Amanda Borucki (Westminster, Md./North Carroll) and Maggie Connolly (Winchester, Mass./Winchester) each finished with two goals and one assist. Kenny also picked up six draw controls.

Senior Kelly Spieker (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) paced the defensive unit with three caused turnovers and three ground balls. Senior Paige McKenna (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) and sophomore Christina Wright (Kingsville, Md./Fallston) each posted four ground balls and one caused turnover.

All three Gettysburg goalies saw time in the cage with freshman Shannon Keeler (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) earning the victory after making two saves and allowing one goal in the first period.

Lizzy Keeney led Messiah with three goals, one assist, and six draw controls.

Gettysburg held the advantage in shots (32-23) and ground balls (26-25). The two teams each finished with a dozen draw controls.

Gettysburg returns to action against No. 10 RPI on Monday, March 10, at 10:00 a.m. at the National Training Center in Clermont, Fla.


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