Kenny and No. 5 Gettysburg Whack No. 20 WAC
from press release
GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Fifth-ranked Gettysburg College held No. 20 Washington College to a pair of goals in the second half as the Bullets knocked down the Shorewomen 16-9 on Senior Day at Clark Field.
Gettysburg (14-1, 7-0 CC) remained tied atop the Centennial Conference standings with No. 7 Franklin & Marshall College (12-2, 7-0 CC). The two rivals will battle for the top seed and home-field advantage in the conference tournament on Wednesday, April 24, at 7 p.m. on Franklin & Marshall's Tylus Field.
Sophomore Bridget Kenny (Gladstone, N.J./Bernards) led the Bullets with a career-high seven points on five goals and two assists. Kenny also corralled a personal best seven draw controls. Senior Lindsey Robinson (Potomac, Md./Holton-Arms) tallied two goals and three assists, while junior Kelsey Markiewicz (Taconic, Conn./Berkshire School (Mass.)) logged two goals and one assist.
The victory was also Head Coach Carol Cantele's '83 300th in 21 seasons at Gettysburg. Cantele is the fifth women's lacrosse coach to reach the milestone with one team. She ranks sixth overall in NCAA history (all divisions) with a career record of 324-114.
Marissa Restaino led Washington (10-4, 3-4 CC) with five goals, while Corinne Ziccardi and Emily Hubley each tallied one goal and two helpers.
The Shorewomen were geared up for the game and opened by winning the first five draw controls. Washington turned in a pair of goals in the opening 57 seconds with Restaino scoring both courtesy of assists from Ziccardi and Kathleen Maleski.
The Bullets broke the egg with three consecutive unassisted scores by Kenny, sophomore Mandy Buell (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill), and Markiewicz. The Shorewomen tied the game with a goal by Carly Eisenbrandt at 15:45, but Gettysburg jumped back in front for good with four-straight scores, beginning with goals by freshman Maggie Connolly(Winchester, Mass./Winchester) and Markiewicz just 10 seconds apart.
Washington cut the deficit to two (9-7) with 1:21 left in the opening half, but Kenny gave the hosts a 10-7 lead by scoring off a pass from Robinson with six seconds left.
Gettysburg's defense went on lockdown in the second half, allowing just one goal in the first 29:40 and forcing 11 turnovers. Senior Alex Casey (Jenkintown, Pa./Abington) helped set the tone by forcing an early turnover and scooping up the ground ball. The Bullets scored soon after as junior Loren Pruitt (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) found the back of the net at 26:47.
After Washington scored to cut the lead to 12-8, Gettysburg put up the next three goals to put the advantage at 15-8 with 1:48 to play. The teams exchanged a pair of goals in the final 20 seconds to set the final score.
Gettysburg finished with the edge in shots (31-24) and ground balls (25-24), but Washington controlled the draw circle with a 15-12 lead in draw controls.
Pruitt and Buell each tallied two goals for the Bullets. Casey finished with four ground balls and three caused turnovers. Senior Kat Nestor (Darien, Conn./Darien) posted five ground balls and two caused turnovers, while senior Hayward Sawers (Timonium, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) logged four ground balls, two caused turnovers, and an assist. Freshman goalie Lindsay Clinton (Barto, Pa./Boyertown) tallied eight saves in the victory.