No. 1 Gettysburg Advances Over Messiah, 15-6

GETTYSBURG, Pa. Senior captain Ellie Shihadeh (Malvern, PA/Conestoga) set career highs with four goals, four assists and eight points to lead No. 1 Gettysburg to a 15-6 win over Messiah in the NCAA regional semifinals on Friday afternoon at Clark Field. The Bullets advance to face No. 6 Amherst, a 14-9 winner over No. 9 Rowan in the day's second semifinal.

Senior goalie Heather Kelley (Berwyn, PA/Conestoga) made a career-high 13 saves to backstop a defense that allowed just one goal in the first half, and the Bullets (19-0) used a multi-player offensive attack to jump out to the 8-1 halftime lead.

Sophomore midfielder Katie Ceglarski (Darien, CT/Darien), junior attackers Alexandra Ewing (Baltimore, MD/Garrison Forest) and Katie Hagan (Media, PA/Cardinal O'Hara), and sophomore attacker Jennie Howell (Huntington, NY/Huntington) all scored twice on the afternoon, and senior attacker Jenn Kelly (Westbury, NY/Carle Place) extended her consecutive points streak to 35 games with a first-half assist.

The Bullets (19-0) broke a scoreless game on Shihadeh's first goal 4:47 into the first half. Just 59 seconds later, the 2006 Centennial Conference champions led 4-0. Shihadeh netted the game's first two goals 11 seconds apart, and Ceglarski and Hagan added a score apiece.

Ceglarski scored again five minutes later before the Falcons (15-6) broke onto the board with a goal by senior attacker Shannan Finch. Junior midfielder Megan Duke assisted on the play and added two goals to lead Messiah with three points. The Bullets scored three more times before the half expired, including a nice transition goal that covered the entire length of the field in four passes.

Junior defender Laurie Goon (Baltimore, MD/Loch Raven) forced a turnover behind her own goal and scooped the groundball to begin the breakout. She passed the ball to Ceglarski in the middle of the Gettysburg end. Ceglarski then lofted the ball over several Falcon defenders to Shihadeh, who had a 2-on-1 situation with Howell. Shihadeh streaked up the middle of the field and veered to the right before passing it to Howell just outside the crease on the left, where she scored the first of her two goals.

Messiah answered just 20 seconds into the second half when freshman midfielder Jackie Dando ran into the Bullets' end and split two defenders. The ball was knocked out of her stick, but landed in front of her, where she was able to get just enough on the ball to flip it into the net.

The teams alternated goals three times over the next 17 minutes. Duke scored at 12:40 and 17:27 of the second half, but each time, the home team responded within 11 seconds. Ewing's goal at 17:38 was the first of a four-goal run that ended any hope of a Messiah comeback.

In the late game, Amherst (14-3) junior attacker Alyssa Briody scored five goals and added four assists for a game-high nine points. Sophomore Maddie Hoeg added four goals and an assist for points, while Rowan (12-4) senior midfielder Maggie Goodman collected five points on two goals and three assists. Junior attacker Katie Kline led the Profs with four goals.

The Jeffs jumped out to a 5-1 lead after nearly 13 minutes on the strength of three goals and an assist by Briody. Kline broke a three-goal run by Amherst, but the Jeffs scored the game's next two goals, both on assists by Briody, who led the team to a 10-4 halftime advantage.

After the teams combined for 16 goals in the first 30 minutes, the second half pace was dramatically slower. Each team scored once in the first 3:11 of the half, but the score remained 11-5 in favor of the Jeffs for over 16 minutes.

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2006-05-12



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