Bullets Survive Dickinson’s Upset Bid

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The third-ranked Gettysburg College women's lacrosse team narrowly avoided an upset at the hands of Dickinson College as the Bullets held on for a 9-8 victory in a Centennial Conference showdown at Clark Field.
 
With the win, Gettysburg (12-2, 5-1 CC) handed Dickinson (8-5, 5-1 CC) its first conference loss and moved into a tie for the top spot in the standings.
 
The Bullets jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Junior Katie Willis (Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame Prep) scored the first tally at 26:32 and after an eight-minute lull, Gettysburg tacked on a pair of goals just 10 seconds apart. Junior Maggie Welsh (Rye, N.Y./Holy Child) scored in front of the cage at 18:01 and after winning the ensuing draw control, senior Emma Christie (Cos Cob, Conn./Greenwich) converted a feed from junior Katie Landry (Hingham, Mass./Hingham).
 
Gettysburg put five additional shots on goal in the first 20 minutes, but each was turned away by Dickinson goalie Tara Cuddihy.
 
The teams combined for three-straight shots off the crossbar before Maddie Parker converted a free-position shot for the Red Devils with 10:49 left in the first half.
 
Cuddihy played a major role in Dickinson's next tally, first stopping a free-position attempt by Willis and then heaving a long outlet pass down the field that found Sam Marmo leaking behind the defense for a run at the cage. Marmo's shot was true, cutting the margin to 3-2.
 
After posting eight saves in the first half, Cuddihy picked up another stop at the beginning of the final period. The Red Devils came right back up the field with Talene Bush scoring on a free-position attempt to tie the game.
 
The offense picked up as the two teams combined for eight scores in a seven-minute span in the second half. Gettysburg grabbed a 7-5 advantage following goals by junior Maggie McClain (Wexford, Pa./Sewickley Academy) and Welsh just 27 seconds apart.
 
Each time Dickinson closed to a goal, the Bullets answered. Freshman Liza Barr (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) tallied the team's last score to make it 9-7 with 11:46 remaining.
 
Junior Ali Gorab (Southport, Conn./Ludlowe) came up with a big caused turnover with 7:29 left and Gettysburg ate up over five minutes of clock on its possession. The Red Devils forced a turnover with 2:12 left and scored 24 seconds later as Marmo found Anne Dunster.
 
Junior Cassie Smith (Phoenix, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) won the final draw control and the Bullets evaded the pressure by the Red Devils to run out the clock.
 
Gettysburg led in shots (24-18), ground balls (17-11), and draw controls (11-8).
 
Landry posted two goals and an assist, while Welsh tossed in a pair of goals. Willis added a goal and an assist. Senior Caroline Jaeger (Hampton, N.J./North Hunterdon) tallied a goal and three draw controls.
 
Senior Shannon Keeler (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) made four saves and became the seventh Gettysburg goalie to record 400 saves in a career. Keeler also tied the program's career record for wins with her 58th.
 
Senior Katelyn Neillands (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) corralled three ground balls and two caused turnovers to pace the defensive effort for the Bullets. Senior Macauley Mikes (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) tallied two caused turnovers and a ground ball.
 
Cuddihy finished with 10 saves and a caused turnover for Dickinson. Dunster produced three goals and two assists, while Marmo picked up a goal and two assists.
 
Gettysburg hosts Bryn Mawr College this Saturday at 1 p.m.