#1 Gettysburg Roars Back, Downs #5 Cortland 11-7

HOBOKEN, N.J. After trailing 6-4 at halftime, Katie Hagan (Media, PA/Cardinal O'Hara) scored the game-winning goal with 6:20 remaining in the second half to lift No. 1 Gettysburg to an 11-7 win over No. 5 Cortland State in the NCAA semifinals hosted by the Stevens Institute of Technology on Saturday.

Gettysburg (21-0) advances to the NCAA Division III national championship game for the first time in program history. The Bullets will face defending national champion, No. 4 The College of New Jersey at noon on Sunday. The championship game will be aired live by College Sports Television, which is available on certain local cable systems around the country. CSTV is also available on DirecTV channel 610 and Dish Network channel 152.

Katie Ceglarski (Darien, CT /Darien) led Gettysburg's attack with two goals and three assists for a game-high five points. She was one of five Bullets to net two goals in the win. Hagan, Krissy Browning (Fallston, MD/Baldwin), Megan Moore (Chestertown, MD/Gunston Day School) and Jamie Giffuni (St. James, NY/Smithtown) all tallied two goals in the win. Ellie Shihadeh (Malvern, PA/Conestoga) scored one goal and added three assists for a four-point effort.

In a battle of the only two undefeated teams remaining in the nation, Browning netted the first goal of the contest off a pass from Shihadeh just under three minutes into the game. The lead didn't last long as Jennifer Willis tied the game at 1-1 6:54 into the match.

The Bullets took a 2-1 lead on a goal by Shihadeh, but Cortland (19-1) rallied to score two goals in the span of 42 seconds to take a 3-2 lead. With 6:04 left in the half, Giffuni tied the game on a transition goal. Laurie Goon (Baltimore, MD/Loch Raven) crossed midfield, fired a pass to Ceglarski and she found a wide-open Giffuni in front of the crease for the game-tying strike.

The tie score wouldn't last long as Cortland reeled off three goals in the span 69 seconds. Elizabeth Acee scored twice, and Ali Bourgal netted a free-position goal during the three-goal run. Just before the end of the half, Browning scored on a free-position shot with 27 seconds left on the clock to set the halftime score of 6-4.

After playing almost 10 minutes of scoreless lacrosse to open the second half, Gettysburg cut the lead to 6-5 on an unassisted goal by Ceglarski with 20:04 on the clock. After catching a pass from Jenn Kelly (Westbury, NY/Carle Place), Ceglarski made a move in front of the net and put the ball past Cortland's Regina Grosso.

After another scoreless stretch, Hagan tied the game at 6-6 on an unassisted goal with 12:29 remaining. Cortland reclaimed the lead, 7-6, on Bourgal's second goal of the contest.

Just over a minute later, Moore lined up for a free position shot from the top of the arc. She put the ball in the cage to tie the game at 7-7 with 7:52 on the clock.

After winning the ensuing draw control, Gettysburg set up Hagan's heroics. Shihadeh found Hagan five meters out to the right of Grosso. She drove to the cage and fired a goal into the top-right of the net for what would prove to be the game-winner.

Gettysburg lost 12-of-19 draw controls in the game, but Bullets won three in a row to help add three late insurance goals in the last 3:42 of the game to set the final score of 11-7.

Heather Kelley (Berwyn, PA/Conestoga) made six saves for her program-record 21st win of the season. Ceglarski grabbed a game-high five groundballs and caused a game-high three turnovers in the victory.

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2006-05-20



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