March 31, 2009

Sixth-Ranked Bullets Hold Off Testy Terror

from press release

WESTMINSTER, Md. - Sixth-ranked Gettysburg College received all it could handle from host McDaniel College and leading scorer Brittany Baer Tuesday afternoon, but the Bullets held strong down the final stretch, blanking the Green Terror over the final eight minutes of regulation en route to an 11-8 Centennial Conference victory. Gettysburg remained unbeaten with a 9-0 overall mark and posted its fourth conference win in as many tries.

Junior Kristen Krammer (Woodbine, Md./Glenelg), the reigning CC Defensive Player of the Week for the last two weeks, made eight saves and scooped up five ground balls for the Bullets, including notching her 300th career save early in the second period. She was helped out defensively by sophomore Becky Lutz (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) who posted six caused turnovers and four draw controls. Junior Jessica Crane (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) led the scoring for the Bullets with three goals and one assist.

McDaniel (6-4, 2-2 CC) put in the game's opening score as Baer, the leading scorer in the Centennial, found the back of the net at 23:46 for the first of her game-high six goals. Crane tossed in the equalizer for Gettysburg three minutes later, before Brittany Lines answered right back to put the hosts up 2-1.

The Bullets mounted a four-goal run over an eight-minute span to take the lead for good. Junior Hollis Stahl (Highstown, N.J./Peddie School) sent in her 100th career goal on a free position shot at 16:05, followed by three consecutive scores by junior Lauren Woodman (Denver, Colo./Kent Denver), the last at 8:42 giving the visitors a 5-2 edge and forcing a McDaniel timeout.

The Green Terror regrouped and pulled to within a goal with back-to-back scores by Baer and Kelly Scheler, but junior Lexie Hearn (Old Greenwich, Conn./Old Greenwich) lit the lamp with just four seconds before the half to give Gettysburg a 6-4 margin at the break.

Baer once again started the scoring in the second half to pull McDaniel to within one before Crane and Stahl tacked on consecutive goals to make it a three-goal contest. That proved the difference in the contest as the teams traded the next six scores, the last by Hearn giving the Bullets an 11-8 advantage with 5:50 to play.

Gettysburg out-shot McDaniel 33-23 in the contest, but 16 of those attempts were thwarted by Green Terror keeper Leanne Hollinger. McDaniel won the battle off the draw 12-8.

Hearn and Stahl each tallied two scores with sophomore Heidi Bitter (Darien, Conn./Westminster) adding a goal. Stahl also picked up three ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers. Junior Nicole Ditillo (Baldwin, Md./Fallston) finished with a career-high seven ground balls.

Gettysburg returns to action this weekend with a pair of contests. First, the Bullets host Haverford College on Saturday, April 4, at noon. Then on Sunday, April 5, Gettysburg squares off with fourth-ranked College of New Jersey at Clark Field beginning at 1 p.m.

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