Women’s Lacrosse Looking Towards Playoffs

Courtney Pattern tallied four goals in the win over Dickinson (Photo courtesy of Gettysburg College athletics)

By Ethan Silverstein, Staff Writer

Gettysburg College Women’s Lacrosse continued their terrific season with a dominant 20-10 win over Haverford.  Sophomore Bri Stokes and Junior Liza Barr led the Bullets with 7 and 6 goals respectively.  Barr also added a team-high 7 assists.

Head Coach Carol Cantele commented on their play, “They’ve been working side-by-side together all season, and it was just their day to shine.  Liza has a really good directional pace on the ball that is always thrown into space.  Bri is a great target.  You can see it developing, but it’s really hard to stop.  They were just in a zone together.”

The Bullets offense has been red-hot lately, scoring 20 goals in both of the last two games.  Junior Ella Orzechowski had 2 goals, 3 ground balls and caused 2 turnovers.  Sophomore Kerry McKeever also had 2 goals, 2 assists, and added 8 draws.

The first half started off fast with a goal from Haverford 4 minutes into the game, before Gettysburg fired back.  Several minutes and fouls later, the Bullets evened the score at 1-1 with a goal from junior Liza Barr with just under 12 minutes in the half.

In the next minute, Haverford scored again and then with just over 15 minutes left in the half, they scored again to make the score 3-1.  That would be Haverford’s last lead of the game.

The Bullets fired back and kept the pressure up for the rest of the half.  Barr scored her second goal of the day off of a free position shot to start the barrage.  Sophomore Bri Stokes followed Barr with another free position shot to even the score at 3-3.

Orzechowski notched her first goal of the day and first-year Maddi Seibel scored off a free position shot with just under 2 minutes left in the half.  The half closed out 5-3 Gettysburg.

In the second half, the Bullets picked up right where they left off and racked up 3 quick goals.  Barr dished out 3 assists in under 2 minutes to senior Lauren Cole and 2 to Stokes.  With the score 8-3, Haverford tried to ignite a comeback with 2 quick goals.

The Bullets responded and put up 4 goals in about 7 minutes.  Stokes added another to her tally and McKeever scored a free position shot and followed it with a solo goal.  Orzechowski scored her own free position shot to make the score 12-5.

Haverford continued to fight and added another goal, however the Bullet’s offense was still rolling.  At 12-6, the Bullets added another 3 goal barrage starting just 43 seconds later.  All three goals came from Stokes with Barr assisted on one, McKeever on another, and a solo goal to make it 15-6. Haverford added another goal, but Stokes silenced the crowd with two straight goals to increase the lead.

With just under 8 minutes left in the half, Haverford scored another goal to inch back at 17-8.  Three minutes later, Haverford added one more.

Gettysburg’s Stokes and Barr weren’t finished though, as they both added one more goal as the half neared the close.  With under 2 minutes, Haverford scored again to make it 19-10 and less than a minute later, sophomore Maddy Ruffini scored to end the game, 20-10.

The Bullets offense fired off 41 shots on the day with 31 shots on target.  They also won 19 draws.  In goal, senior Bailey Pilder piled up 11 saves.

The Bullets are currently third in Centennial Conference rankings as they gear up for the playoffs.

“Our fitness is great. We’re just tweaking things right now. We’re handling every little adversity that’s come our way really maturely.  We’re just having a lot of fun,” said Coach Cantele.

 

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