Bullets Slip by Diplomats in CC Final

Bullets Slip by Diplomats in CC Final

LANCASTER, Pa. – No. 5 Gettysburg edged No.4 Franklin & Marshall 6-5 in the Centennial Conference (CC) Championship Sunday afternoon at Tylus Field. The Bullets improved to 16-2 and earned the CC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament while the Diplomats (18-2) will have to wait and see if they receive an at-large bid. The NCAA selection show will air tonight at 9:30 p.m. on NCAA.com

The game was tightly contested throughout the 60 minutes of action as neither team led by more than two scores. Gabby Frank put the Diplomats on the board first with a free position goal at 25:11 and the Bullets quickly answered three minutes later to make it 1-1. Maddie Hughes put the Diplomats up 2-1, but Gettysburg countered with two straight and took a 3-2 advantage at 3:43. Grace Saliba found Paige Moriarty at 2:03 to tie the game at 3-3, before the Bullets managed a score just as time expired to take a 4-3 lead at the break.

Saliba found Moriarty early in the second to make it 4-4 and the Bullets answered with a pair of goals 12 minutes apart for a 6-4 lead with a little over four minutes left in the game. Hughes picked up her second score with an unassisted tally to bring F&M within a goal, 6-5, with 3:16 left to play. F&M won the ensuing draw, but the Bullets forced a turnover seconds later and were able to run off the final 2:51 of the game.

Vanessa Budd caused three turnovers to pace the defense and Caroline Doran along with Samantha Blicht, Sarah Bozzo and Anastasia Mergner had one caused turnovers each.

Danielle Harrington stood tall in the cage with 13 saves, but was saddled with the loss and dropped to 15-1. Shannon Keeler improved to 13-2 with five saves for the Bullets.

Gettysburg outshot F&M 27-16 and held a 13-9 edge in ground balls.