GETTYSBURG, Pa. — Junior Kelsey Markiewicz scored three goals, including the game-winner with 3:31 left, and added an assist to help fifth-ranked Gettysburg top seventh-ranked TCNJ 11-10 at Clark Field.
Gettysburg (6-0) recorded just its fourth victory in 17 meetings against TCNJ (4-2), and its first since a 10-9 win in the 2009 NCAA tournament.
The Bullets established control early as sophomore Bridget Kenny tallied the opening goal just 15 seconds into the contest. A score by junior Loren Pruitt gave them a 2-0 lead with 27:57 to go in the opening period.
After the Lions pulled to 3-2 on a goal by Erin Waller, Gettysburg picked up back-to-back goals by senior Lindsey Robinson and Markiewicz to grab a three-goal lead with 13:12 remaining in the half.
Waller connected on the final goal of the first period to pull TCNJ to 6-4 heading into the break.
The Bullets wasted no time adding to the advantage in the final period, winning the first draw and getting the ball in the hands of Markiewicz for a score 59 seconds in. Kenny looked to pad the advantage, but Lion goalie Kelsey Zinck stepped in front of the shot for a save and turned the defensive stop into offense as Alex Spark picked up her first goal of the game.
Freshman Lindsay Clinton came up with a save on TCNJ’s next possession, and after an exchange of possessions, the Bullets tied their largest lead of the game as Markiewicz found Kenny in front of the net to make it 8-5 with 23:29.
Gettysburg had dominated the draw circle until that point in the game, but after a goal by Jen Garavente made it 8-6, the Lions won each of the next three draw controls. The possessions eventually led to goals with Spark scoring back-to-back tallies to put TCNJ in front for the first time 9-8 with 8:24 left in the contest.
Gettysburg won the next draw only to turn the ball over to TCNJ. The Bullets defense came up with a stop and cleared the ball up the field. Pruitt converted the equalizer, fielding a pass from junior Bailey Beardsley and tossing the ball into the net at 5:24.
Despite winning another draw, the Lions coughed the ball up again and Gettysburg made TCNJ pay. Freshman Amanda Borucki raced from the right side and flipped a shot past Zinck at 4:49.
Senior Mairead McGuirk came up with a huge win on the next draw and Markiewicz was the beneficiary, racing to the cage for the eventual game-winner.
TCNJ was not done yet, winning the next draw and getting a shot on goal by Spark. Clinton came up with her ninth and final save at 2:20 and Gettysburg controlled the ground ball. The Bullets were unable to maintain possession, however, and the Lions took advantage of a turnover with Spark scoring on a free-position shot to pull the score to 11-10 with 1:11 to play.
The game came down to the final draw and it was Gettysburg who gained control as senior Alex Casey scooped up the ball. Gettysburg avoided the pressure in the final minute to secure the victory.
Gettysburg finished with the edge in shots (27-24), ground balls (19-15) and draw controls (13-9).
Kenny finished with three goals and five draw controls, while Pruitt and Borucki each scored twice. Casey racked up five ground balls and junior Kelly Spieker posted two ground balls and two caused turnovers. McGuirk corralled six draw controls.
Spark led all players with four goals and Garavente finished with two goals and two assists. Zinck made a dozen stops in goal for TCNJ.