Sixth-Ranked Bullets Hold Back Mules

ALLENTOWN, Pa. Sixth-ranked Gettysburg denied Muhlenberg's upset bid by going on a 9-2 run at the beginning of the final period to help capture a 15-13 victory in Centennial Conference women's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon.

Muhlenberg (6-3, 0-2 CC) was gunning for its first-ever victory over Gettysburg (7-1, 2-0 CC) on the lacrosse field. After back-to-back goals by junior Bridget Kenny (Gladstone, N.J./Bernards) just 17 seconds apart gave the Bullets a 4-1 lead, the Mules turned in five of the next six goals to pull ahead 6-5 with 6:29 on the first-half clock.

Kenny finished off the half with another goal on a free-position shot at 1:09 to tie the score.

Gettysburg went to work on the offensive end in the second stanza, ripping off four goals in the first 4:45 of the half. Sophomore Maggie Connolly (Winchester, Mass./Winchester) tallied her fourth goal of the game to hand the Bullets a 10-6 lead with 25:15 to play.

Muhlenberg's Stephanie Umbach scored two of the game's next three goals to pull the hosts to 11-8 with just over 21 minutes left. Gettysburg was far from finished with a woman-up goal by junior Mandy Buell (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) at 17:09 kick-starting a four-goal spurt. Senior Kelsey Markiewicz (Taconic, Conn./Berkshire School (Mass.)) extended her point-scoring streak to 64 games with the visitor's final tally to make it 15-8 with 4:34 on the scoreboard.

The Mules mounted a comeback with five goals inside the final 2:52, including four in the last 54 seconds, but time ran out on the hosts.

Kenny, Connolly, and Buell each posted four goals for the Bullets. Kenny also dished out an assist and scooped up two draw controls. Sophomore Abby Baigelman (Larchmont, N.Y./Mamaroneck) added a goal and two assists.

Gettysburg won the battle inside the draw circle 17-13. Markiewicz accounted for five draw controls and sophomore Emily Tropsa (Darien, Conn./Darien) added six. Sophomore Gretchen Boehmcke (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) recorded four ground balls and three caused turnovers, while freshman goalkeeper Shannon Keeler (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) finished with seven saves, five ground balls, and two caused turnvoers.

Umbach led Muhlenberg with six goals. Michelle Certosimo added one goal and three assists, while Casey Armstrong and Kayleigh Thies each tallied two goals. Kaitlyn McCaffrey posted six ground balls and six caused turnovers.

Gettysburg hosts Dickinson College on Wednesday, April 2, at 4:00 p.m.

2014-03-29



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