February 26, 2009

No. 6 Gettysburg Shoots Down Eagles

from staff reports

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Junior Hollis Stahl (Hightstown, N.J./Peddie School) tied a career high with seven goals, while fellow classmates Lexie Hearn (Old Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) and Nina Emala (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) each notched personal marks with seven points apiece to lead the sixth-ranked Gettysburg College women's lacrosse team to its ninth-straight season-opening victory with an 18-10 decision over University of Mary Washington Thursday at Clark Field.

Stahl's seven scores tied her career best notched against Middlebury College last spring and her shot total of 14 was only seven shy of Mary Washington's (2-1) entire team total. Hearn dished out a career-high five assists and added a pair of scores and three draw controls, while Emala was one assist shy of the school record with six and added one goal and two draw controls.

The Bullets kick-started the 2009 campaign by scoring each of the first three goals within five minutes of the opening draw. Junior Lauren Woodman (Denver, Colo./Kent) put the hosts on the board just 43 seconds in on a feed from Hearn, who tossed in her own goal 26 ticks later. Emala hooked up with Stahl to stake Gettysburg to a 3-0 lead.

After Mary Washington cracked the scoring column just over five minutes in, Gettysburg ran rampant with four consecutive goals, including two by Stahl and the first as a Bullet by sophomore transfer Allegra Formento (Princeton, N.J./Princeton). Emala dished out three assists during the run, with the last to Stahl putting Gettysburg up 7-1 at 16:22.

The Eagles clawed their way back into the contest six of the next eight goals, including a 4-0 run to end the first half and start the second. Catherine Kennedy's second goal of the contest 1:34 into the final period pulled the visitors to 9-7.

The Bullets took advantage of a Mary Washington yellow card five minutes into the second half and scored two quick goals just eight seconds apart, both assisted by Hearn. The Bullets added another pair of goals and following a goal by Kennedy with just under 17 minutes left, poured in five goals to jump to a 10-goal differential (18-8) with six minutes remaining.

Gettysburg fired off 41 shots at the goal, 20 more than their opponents on Thursday. The Bullets also posted 23 ground balls, but fell short on draw controls 16-14.

Formento made a successful debut as a Bullet with three goals and connected on both of her free position attempts. Junior Erin Cushing (Alexandria, Va./Bishop Ireton) and sophomore Marnie Commins (Fairfax Station, Va./Robinson) each added two goals for the hosts.

Defensively, junior goalie Kristen Krammer (Woodbine, Md./Glenelg) was a force in and out of the circle, stopping seven shots, causing four turnovers, and picking up seven ground balls. Stahl and sophomore Becky Lutz (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) each caused a trio of turnovers, the latter adding three draw controls, while junior Anna Scanlan (Lutherville, Md./Roland Park Country School) scooped up three ground balls.

Kennedy led Mary Washington with four goals and one assist. Katie Wallis found the back of the net twice with Lauren Callison adding one goal and two assists. Ashley Scutari and Erin Murphy each notched four draw controls.

Gettysburg tackles its first nationally-ranked opponent of the season with a road trip to No. 19 Rowan University on Wednesday, March 4, at 4:30 p.m.

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