No. 1 Gettysburg Tops Amherst to Reach Final Four

GETTYSBURG, Pa. Ellie Shihadeh (Malvern, PA/Conestoga) scored two goals and added an assist to lead No. 1 Gettysburg to an 8-4 victory over No. 6 Amherst in the NCAA Regional Final on Saturday.

The victory was a historic win for Gettysburg (20-0). The Bullets advanced to the NCAA semifinals for the first time in program history. Gettysburg also set a program record of 20 victories in a season, surpassing the mark of 19 set by the 2003 squad. The Bullets are now 5-5 all-time in the NCAA tournament.

Shihadeh netted the 100th goal of her career, and Jenn Kelly (Westbury, NY/Carle Place) had a four-point day with one goal and three assists. Kelly extends her consecutive-game points streak to 36 games, and she tallied at least four points for the 13th time this season. Also leading Gettysburg's offense was Krissy Browning (Fallston, MD/Baldwin) with two goals and Katie Ceglarski (Darien, CT /Darien) with one goal and two assists.

After playing 15 minutes of scoreless lacrosse to start the game, Shihadeh put Gettysburg on the scoreboard first. On a fast break, Kelly fed Shihadeh in front of the net, and she put the ball past Amherst (14-4) goalie Linda McEvoy to give the Bullets a 1-0 lead.

Amherst tied the game four minutes later when Amy Craig found the back of the net off a pass from Alyssa Briody. Gettysburg quickly answered with a goal from Ceglarski off a feed from Kelly.

Mary Noonan tied the game at 2-2 with 7:23 left in the first on an unassisted strike. However, Gettysburg retaliated with two goals before the halftime whistle. Browning netted a goal off a pass from Ceglarski, and Megan Moore (Chestertown, MD/Gunston Day School) scored an unassisted goal to give the Bullets a 4-2 halftime lead.

Browning scored what would prove to be game-winner just 3:19 into the second half. She lined up for a free position shot and bounced the ball into the cage for a 5-2 advantage.

Maddie Hoeg tallied an unassisted goal just two minutes later to close the gap to 5-3, but Gettysburg rallied to take a 7-3 lead. In the span of 39 seconds, Kelly and Shihadeh scored back-to-back goals. Shihadeh's strike came with 19:58 left in the game.

In a battle of two stingy defenses, both teams were held scoreless for over 17 minutes of play until Hoeg cut the lead to 7-4 with less than four minutes left in the game.

Jen Betts (Potomac, MD/Academy of the Holy Cross) scored a late insurance goal off a feed from Kelly with 28 seconds left in the game to give Gettysburg the 8-4 victory.

Heather Kelley (Berwyn, PA/Conestoga) made seven saves in her historic 20th win of the season. Ceglarski had a game-high five groundballs and a game-high three caused turnovers in the victory.

Gettysburg advances to the NCAA semifinals held Saturday and Sunday at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. On Saturday at 11:30 a.m., the Bullets will play the winner of tomorrow's regional final between Cortland St. and Franklin & Marshall.

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GETTYSBURG, PA The Amherst College women's lacrosse team's NCAA Division III Tournament run was halted on Saturday at top-ranked quarterfinal host Gettysburg College as the Bullets topped the Jeffs, 8-4. Amherst wraps up its season at 14-4, while Gettysburg (20-0) advances to the national semifinals to be hosted by Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. on May 20.

Both squads game out of the gates slow as neither side could find the back of the net for the first 15:16 of play. Gettysburg finally broke the stalemate as senior Ellie Shihadeh (Malvern, PA) scored off a pass from classmate Jenn Kelly (Westbury, NY). Amherst answered just over four minutes later as junior Alyssa Briody (Hopewell, NJ) slipped an assist to rookie Amy Craig (Denver, CO), but the hosts jumped back on top at the 9:45-mark on a feed from Kelly to sophomore Katie Ceglarski (Darien, CT). Amherst first-year Mary Noonan (West Roxbury, MA) reknotted the count with 7:23 left in the half; however, Gettysburg would solidify control in the remainder of the frame, notching back-to-back scores for a 4-2 halftime advantage.

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