May 5, 2013

F&M Edged in CC Final

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – No. 5 Gettysburg defeated No. 6 Franklin & Marshall 14-11 in the Centennial Conference (CC) Women's Lacrosse Championship Sunday afternoon.  The Bullets earned the CC's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament and improved to 18-1 while the Diplomats (14-4) will have to wait and see if they get an at-large bid. The NCAA selection show will air tonight at 9:30 p.m. on NCAA.com.

Brittney Jorgenson had a game-high four goals, Mary Mitchell tallied three times, Lauren Selawski netted two goals while Caroline Krohn and Emily Everdell each added a point for the Diplomats.  Casey Madden and Anastasia Mergner finished with two helpers apiece.

Gettysburg never trailed and jumped out to an early 1-0 lead two minutes into the game before Jorgenson tied it at 1-1 with 22:18 left in the first. The Bullets answered with three straight goals and Everdell stopped the run with a tally at 17:46 to make it 4-2. 

Kelsey Markiewicz put Gettysburg up 5-2 and the Diplomats answered with a 3-0 run to tie the game at 5-5 with 10:29 left in the first. Madden found Mitchell to start the run and Selawski scored back-to-back goals to the end the spurt.

The Bullets put two through over a five-minute span to go up 7-5 with 3:00 left and Madden assisted Jorgenson at 1:31 to bring F&M within a goal, 7-6. Bridget Kenny found the back of the net with just 14 seconds left in the half to give the Bullets an 8-6 halftime edge. 

Gettysburg opened the second with two straight and the Diplomats matched that with two points of their own to make it 10-8 at 20:21. Mergner hooked up with Jorgenson for the first score and Krohn scored on a free position for the second goal. 

Both teams traded scores over a seven-minute span with Gettysburg holding onto a 12-10 lead with 11:02 left to play. The Bullets were able to control the ball for the majority of final 10 minutes of action, eating up valuable minutes off the clock. Gettysburg scored twice in the time frame and Mitchell scored at 1:54 to make it 14-11.

Jen Noon casused two turnovers with two ground balls while Caroline Doran, Megan Kelly and Mergner eached finished with two ground balls. 

Kelsey Hoffman fell to 14-4 with eight saves while Lindsay Clinton went to 17-1 with nine stops. 

F&M went 14-for-17 in clears while the Bullets held a 29-20 advantage in shots and came away with 16 of the game's 27 draws. 

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