April 18, 2012

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Gettysburg Coasts Past Shorthanded Diplomats

from staff reports

GETTYSBURG, Pa.
– Junior Lindsey Robinson tied a personal best with nine points to lead an efficient Gettysburg attack as the fourth-ranked Bullets raced past a shorthanded No. 7 Franklin & Marshall team 15-4 Wednesday night at Clark Field.

It was the first game for F&M since former head coach Lauren Paul was fired and 11 players were suspended from the team as the result of an investigation into a hazing incident during the 2010-11 academic year, school officials have said. Interim coach Melissa Mariano and players declined comment to local media at the game Wednesday.

With the victory, Gettysburg (13-1, 8-0 CC) secured home-field advantage for the Centennial Conference Tournament on April 28-29. Robinson paved the way with a career-high six goals and three assists. Freshman Bridget Kenny added four goals and sophomore Loren Pruitt netted three tallies. Sophomore Katie Blumenthal dished out a career-high five assists in the victory.

After falling to Franklin & Marshall (12-3, 7-1 CC) by a goal in last season's conference tournament finale, Gettysburg left nothing to chance on Wednesday. The hosts missed only four shots in the opening half and jumped out to a 3-1 lead just nine minutes in.

Following the Diplomats first goal at 20:27, the Bullets finished the first period by netting the final nine goals to head into the break with a 12-1 lead. Robinson had a hand in five goals, while Kenny lit the lamp three times during the run.

Franklin & Marshall opened the final period with the first two goals, the last by Kimberly Abruzzo cutting the lead to 12-3 with 18:53 to play. Gettysburg only fired off four shots in the final period, but three found pay-dirt. Robinson tallied her sixth and final goal off a feed from Blumenthal to make it 15-3 with 8:45 to play.

Despite being out-shot 22-20, Gettysburg missed only five attempts on the night. The Bullets led in draw controls (12-9) and ground balls (15-13).

Gettysburg senior goalie Maddie Coleman made six of her game-high nine saves in the second half to keep the Diplomats from mounting a comeback. She also logged five ground balls in beating Franklin & Marshall for the first time in her career as a starter.

Senior Hannah Church posted a pair of goals and moved just two shy of second place on Gettysburg's all-time list. Junior Hayward Sawers dished out an assist and recorded two ground balls and two caused turnovers, while Kenny and junior Mairead McGuirk combined for seven draw controls.

Abruzzo finished with two goals and an assist and Libby Nichols tallied four caused turnovers for Franklin & Marshall.

Gettysburg closes out its conference schedule at Bryn Mawr College on Saturday, April 21, at 1 p.m. The Bullets also have a non-conference tilt against No. 15 Washington & Lee University at home on Sunday, April 22, at 3 p.m.


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