Gettysburg edges No. 16 Catholic
Kenny scores two goals, dishes out three assists for the Bullets
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- No. 16 Catholic gave fourth-ranked Gettysburg all it could handle in a non-conference battle on Wednesday night, but the Bullets won the final draw and held on for a 14-12 victory.
Senior Hannah Church and junior Lindsey Robinson led Gettysburg (11-1) with three goals, the latter adding an assist as well. Freshman Bridget Kenny posted a career-high five points on two goals and three assists, while sophomores Katie Blumenthal and Kelsey Markiewicz each tallied two goals and two assists.
Catholic (7-5) turned in the game’s first goal and led 2-1 after Mary Robinson tickled the twine at 25:35. Gettysburg came back with an eight-goal run as Robinson had a hand in four goals. Church gave the visitors a 9-2 lead with a free-position goal at 5:46.
The Cardinals came storming back thanks to a dominating effort on the draw. Catholic won each of the next six draw controls and turned each possession into a goal. Mary Swarthout posted each of the first three goals, including the first just six seconds after Church’s score. Meghan Brady’s second goal of the streak sliced Gettysburg’s lead to 9-8 with 1:43 remaining before the half.
The Bullets halted the run as sophomore Bailey Beardsley scored with 19 ticks on the clock. Kenny added the final tally off a pass from Markiewicz with only two seconds left to set the score at 11-8 entering the break.
Gettysburg scored three of the first five goals of the final stanza to grab a 14-10 advantage with 12:18 to play. Mary Robinson followed up a save on the defensive end by cutting the lead to three (14-11) with her second goal of the game at 10:41.
Both defenses held firm over the next 10 minutes, producing the game’s longest scoring drought. Senior Maddie Coleman made a pair of saves for the Bullets, the last with 2:37 to play.
Catholic capitalized on a late Gettysburg turnover as Lindsay Brophy scored to cut the lead to 14-12 with 1:11 left. Despite being out-performed on the draw throughout the game, the Bullets grabbed the final draw control and ran out the remaining time.
Catholic out-shot Gettysburg 37-29 and held a 17-11 edge in draw controls.
Coleman finished with 11 saves and four ground balls, while junior Alex Casey logged four ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Swarthout finished with four goals and seven draw controls for Catholic, while Brady, Robinson, and Brophy each tallied a pair of goals. Yasmeen Ajdari allowed only three goals and made seven saves in the final period of play.