May 2, 2010

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Dip Trip: F&M Clips Gettysburg in Overtime

from press release

GETTYSBURG, Pa.
– Sophomore Cat Serpe scored with five seconds remaining in overtime to lift Franklin & Marshall College to a 9-8 victory over Gettysburg College in the finals of the Centennial Conference Wome's Lacrosse Tournament at Clark Field on Sunday, May 2.

With the victory, Franklin & Marshall (14-3) clinched its fourth consecutive conference title and received the conference's automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III Tournament. Gettysburg (16-3) will wait to see if its resume is worthy enough to warrant an at-large selection by the national committee next week.

Franklin & Marshall was the only team to score first against the Bullets during the regular season and the visitors did it again on Sunday as Maggie Mae Shields found pay-dirt at 26:47. It didn't take long for Gettysburg to answer with senior Jessica Crane (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) hooking up with freshman Lindsey Robinson (Potomac, Md./Holton-Arms) at 24:27.

Crane, who tossed in three goals in an 8-7 win over F&M on April 21, went in solo for the game's next score at 21:02 to give the hosts the advantage. With the lead in tow, the Bullets controlled the ball for nearly all of the next 10 minutes, holding the Diplomats without a shot while taking five of their own. Two of those attempts hit the mark with a nifty turn-around shot in front of the goal by Lexie Hearn (Old Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) spotting the hosts to a 4-1 lead at 10:27.

Gettysburg had two free position shots during the remainder of the half, but F&M keeper Lidia Sanza stonewalled both shots to preserve the score.

In the second period, Gettysburg controlled the opening draw and added to its advantage when Crane lit the lamp at 24:11.

The Diplomats forced a pair of turnovers on Gettysburg's next two possessions, the first leading to a low shot by Meredith Lussier that was smothered by Bullet keeper Kristen Krammer (Woodbine, Md./Glenelg) at 23:22. The visitors made good on the second attempt, however, as Serpe posted her first goal at 17:58 to cut the lead to 5-2.

The teams traded blows for the next three minutes with senior Nina Emala (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) putting in a score at 14:01 that made it 7-3.

Trailing by four with less than eight minutes left, Franklin & Marshall came alive. The Diplomats forced a pair of Bullet turnovers that turned into goals before winning the draw and getting another goal by Serpe that made it 7-6 at 5:32.

The Bullets nearly turned the tide as Crane went into the offensive zone and clanged a ball off the post at 4:49. The visitors came right back down the field and Lussier, who assisted on the previous three scores, tossed in the game-tying goal with exactly four minutes on the clock.

Gettysburg had two shots to win the game in regulation with Church's attempt swallowed by Sanza at 1:32 and Robinson's shot just missing wide of the cage with four ticks left.

In the first overtime session every played in a CC championship game, the Dips corralled the opening draw and held steady until just before the midpoint when Serpe found Lauren Ehrhardt in front of the cage for an 8-7 lead. The Bullets won the next draw and fired two shots on goal, but once again Sanza made big plays with a pair of saves.

With pressure mounting as the clock neared the one-minute mark of overtime, Gettysburg forced a turnover and took it down to their end of the field where junior Marnie Commins (Fairfax Station, Va./Robinson) wrapped around the cage and converted a low shot past Sanza to tie the game 8-8 with just 30 seconds left.

Half a minute was more than enough time for the Diplomats to go to work as Erin Dunne procured the draw control and Serpe set up action behind the goal. With less than 10 seconds left, she curled around the side of the cage and managed to sneak a low shot past Krammer for the game-winner.

Despite being out-shot 26-12 in the game, Franklin & Marshall made the most of its looks, missing only two shots wide of the goal. Gettysburg had the edge in ground balls (15-13) and draw controls (12-9), but connected on only one free position shot in five attempts.

Sanza and Serpe were the top players for the Diplomats. After making 14 saves in last season's CC finale, Sanza once again played spoiler in the cage with six stops, six ground balls, and three caused turnovers. Serpe finished with three goals and one assist, while Lussier notched one goal and three helpers.

Crane led Gettysburg with two goals, two assists, and four draw controls. Church added a pair of scores and senior Anna Scanlan (Lutherville, Md./Roland Park Country School) posted two ground balls and two caused turnovers.


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