Opening flurry carries Gettysburg to win

Sarah Mintz © 2010 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Sarah Mintz © 2010 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

Bullets tally first six en route to 16-12 victory over McDaniel

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Jessica Crane scored three goals to lead No. 7 Gettysburg to a 16-12 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) women’s lacrosse action on Wednesday.

The Bullets (10-2, 4-0 CC) tallied the game’s first six goals to open up a 6-0 lead in the first 13:06 of the contest before staving off a rally by the Green Terror (7-4, 1-3 CC) to remain tied with Franklin & Marshall atop the conference standings.

Brittany Baer (Manchester, Md./Westminster) paced McDaniel with six goals and two assists to pull within two goals of tying the Green Terror’s all-time goal-scoring record with 176 collegiate tallies. Baer added two assists to match her career high with eight points.

Lexie Hearn opened the scoring, converting a free-position goal 5:33 into the game.

Crane completed the first two-thirds of her hat trick 53 seconds apart to stretch the lead to 3-0 at the 7:12 mark.

Lindsay Robinson finished a solo run just 33 seconds later before Lauren Woodman and Nina Emala capped the opening flurry.

Brittany Lines (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) broke up the shutout 14:01 into the game before Baer pulled the visitors within 6-2 with 13:37 to play in the first half.

Crane completed her hat trick just over two minutes later before Lines and Baer tallied 1:10 apart to make it a 7-4 game with 9:26 to play in the stanza.

Lindsay Menton and a pair of Hollis Stahl goals stretched the lead to 10-4 with 3:03 showing before Baer completed her hat trick 21 seconds later to make it a 10-5 game at the break.

Marnie Commins and Katie Levy stretched the lead to 12-5 just 8:14 into the second half, scoring five minutes apart.

The two teams exchanged goals over the next 14 minutes before Sarah Mintz (Medfield, Mass./Medfield), Baer and Chelsea Watkins (Columbia, Md./Hammond) all scored in the final 1:20 to close the final deficit from seven to four.

Ten different Gettysburg players found the back of the net in the win.

Mintz added two goals and a career-high four assists for McDaniel while Lines scored three times. Baer and Paige Messersmith (Phoenix, Md./Dulaney) each won five draw controls for the Green Terror, who finished with a 20-10 advantage in the category.

McDaniel returns to action at Muhlenberg on Saturday. Game time is 12 p.m.

Score by Period                                    1            2            -            F
McDaniel (7-4, 1-3 CC)                                    5            7            -            12
No. 7 Gettysburg (10-2, 4-0 CC)                        10            6            -            16

Brittany Baer 6, Brittany Lines 3, Sarah Mintz 2, Chelsea Watkins.
Gettysburg: Jessica Crane 3, Marnie Commins 2, Hollis Stahl 2, Nina Emala 2, Lexie Hearn 2, Lindsey Robinson, Hannah Church, Lauren Woodman, Lindsay Menton, Katie Levy.

Mintz 4, Baer 2, Watkins, Paige Messersmith, Kelly Scheler.
Commins 2, Crane, Emala, Stahl.

Shots: M 29, G 33. Ground Balls: M 22, G 29. Goalies: M (Leanne Hollinger – 14 saves, 16 GA), G (Kristen Krammer – 8 saves, 12 GA). Caused Turnovers: M 11, G 19. Turnovers: M 35, G 26. Draw Controls: M 20, G 10. Free Position: M 1 of 2, G 3 of 5.