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.
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.