Kenny nets go-ahead goal, Gettysburg thwarts Messiah's surge in final minutes
GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- Sophomore Bridget Kenny scored the go-ahead goal with 10:48 left and No. 4 Gettysburg maintained possession of the ball for the final eight minutes to secure a hard-fought 10-8 win against 11th-ranked Messiah on Saturday at Clark Field.
Gettysburg (2-0) received two goals apiece from senior Lindsey Robinson, junior Loren Pruitt and Kenny. Robinson added three assists, while junior Kelsey Markiewicz posted a goal and two assists. Freshman goalie Lindsay Clinton posted six saves in the victory.
It was a back-and-forth battle as Messiah (1-1) opened with the game's first goal only to see Pruitt, sophomore Bailey Beardsley and Robinson go on a three-goal run for the Bullets to set the score at 3-1 at 16:09.
Lizzy Keeney held the hot hand early for the Falcons, turning in two more goals to tie the game at three. Sophomore Mandy Buell helped Gettysburg take the lead heading into the break, connecting off a feed from Robinson at 5:51.
Markiewicz gave Gettysburg a two-goal lead one minute into the final period, but Messiah charged back to take the lead. Keeney started a three-goal run at 28:11 off an assist by Cecilia Kjellman, and then it was Kjellman's turn to hit the net to tie the game. Claire Stikeleather put the Falcons in front 6-5 with an unassisted goal at 23:22.
Gettysburg answered as Kenny scored 53 seconds later to tie the game. Goals by Robinson and freshman Amanda Borucki just 10 seconds apart put the Bullets in front 8-6 with 17:34 to play.
Messiah forced the fifth and final tie of the contest with Kiersten McGreer and Keeney posting two quick scores 37 seconds apart. The Falcons won the ensuing draw, but Gettysburg's defense forced a turnover. After a shot by Markiewicz was turned away by goalie Taylor Phillips, Robinson found Kenny in front of the cage for the eventual game-winner.
Messiah turned the ball over twice before Gettysburg went into its stall. The Bullets kept the ball away from the Falcons for the final 8:49, with Pruitt scoring with less than a second left.
Gettysburg out-shot Messiah 28-20 and held a 21-14 lead in ground balls. The Falcons won the battle off the draw 12-7.
Junior Kelly Spieker posted three caused turnovers and four ground balls for Gettysburg. Senior Mairead McGuirk had three ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnvoers.
Keeney finished with five goals and five draw controls for Messiah. Maddie Comfort recorded four ground balls and five draw controls, while Kjellman and McGreer each finished with a goal and an assist. Phillips notched a game-high 10 saves in the cage.