Baigelman, No.6 Gettysburg Burn No. 16 RPI in Florida

CLERMONT, Fla. Sophomore Abby Baigelman (Larchmont, N.Y./Mamaroneck) scored a career-high eight points as sixth-ranked Gettysburg avenged its defeat in the NCAA Division III Tournament last season by knocking down No. 16 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 14-9 at the National Training Center on Monday.

Gettysburg (3-0), which fell to RPI (0-2) 9-8 in the second round of the national playoffs last spring, never trailed in Monday's affair. Senior Kelsey Markiewicz (Taconic, Conn./Berkshire School (Mass.)) scored the opening goal on a free-position shot three minutes in and junior Bridget Kenny (Gladstone, N.J./Bernards) made it 2-0 following a pass by Baigelman at 25:04.

The Engineers remained within striking distance and pulled to 4-3 on a goal by Jamie Wakefield at 16:55. Baigelman responded quickly for the Bullets, scoring her second goal of the game 53 seconds later and kick-starting a 4-1 run to end the period.

After Wakefield scored the first goal of the final period, Gettysburg turned in four of the next five tallies, with Markiewicz putting her team ahead 12-6 with less than 10 minutes to play. Baigelman's fourth and final goal maintained the six-goal lead (13-7) with 4:48 on the clock.

Baigelman topped her previous best scoring output by five points with four goals and four assists. Markiewicz tossed in four goals, while Kenny ended the day with three scores and one assist.

Sophomore Christina Wright (Kingsville, Md./Fallston) led the charge defensively with six ground balls, four draw controls, and one caused turnover. Sophomore Gretchen Boehmcke (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) posted two ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Making her first start in goal for Gettysburg, freshman Catherine Towers (Midlothian, Va./St. Anne's Belfield) posted eight saves and one ground ball.

Wakefield scored three times and added six draw controls for RPI. Erin Amarello picked up seven saves.

Gettysburg finished with a 24-19 edge in shots, while RPI led in ground balls (21-19) and draw controls (13-11). The Bullets finished the game 5 for 8 on free-position shots.

Gettysburg closes its spring trip against Ithaca College on Thursday, March 13, at 3:00 p.m.

2014-03-10



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