May 9, 2009

EWING, N.J. - Junior Hollis Stahl (Highstown, N.J./Peddie School) scored five goals and junior Jessica Crane (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) and sophomore Marnie Commins (Fairfax Station, Va./Robinson) each tallied five points to lead the Gettysburg College women's lacrosse team to a 15-6 victory over Roanoke College in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament at The College of New Jersey. The Bullets advance to the regional final where they will get a rematch against the host Lions on Sunday, May 10, at 1 p.m.

Seventh-ranked Gettysburg (15-3) won its opening game in the national playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons. The Bullets wasted little time in sending a statement to No. 17 Roanoke (16-5), netting the game's first three goals in less than eight minutes. Commins opened with the first goal at 28:03 off a feed by Crane, who then tossed in an unassisted goal just 15 seconds later. Stahl capped the opening run with a goal from Commins at 22:13.

Bianca Catta-Preta halted the spurt and put the Maroons on the board with a free position goal at 21:38, but Gettysburg recorded the next three scores, including free position goals by sophomore Allegra Formento (Princeton, N.J./Princeton) and Crane. After Roanoke put up their second free position goal at 10:58, the Bullets reeled off another 3-0 run, including a pair of goals by Stahl, to take a 9-2 lead at the start of the second period.

Gettysburg left no doubt as to the game's outcome following the Maroons' third goal at 26:04, putting up four scores in a span of 1:42. Juniors Lexie Hearn (Old Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) and Nina Emala (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) scored on the ends of the run with Stahl tossing in the middle two goals, lifting the Bullets to a 13-3 advantage with over 20 minutes remaining.

Roanoke scored back-to-back goals to pull to 13-5 with 15:59 to play, but Gettysburg picked up two of the last three goals, both assisted by junior Lauren Woodman (Denver, Colo./Kent Denver), to close the game.

The Bullets doubled the Maroons' shot total 43-20, including a 28-6 edge in the opening half alone. Gettysburg also held edges in ground balls (20-10) and draw controls (14-9), in addition to committing just seven turnovers compared to Roanoke's 22.

Stahl extended her team-high scoring streak to 20 games and added a team-best five draw controls. Crane finished with three goals and two helpers, while Commins posted one tally and tied a personal mark with four assists. Hearn added two goals and two draw controls.

Defensively, junior goalkeeper Kristen Krammer (Woodbine, Md./Glenelg) posted nine saves, five ground balls, and one caused turnovers to lead Gettysburg. Junior Anna Scanlan (Lutherville, Md./Roland Park Country School) scooped up a career-high six ground balls and added two caused turnovers, while junior Nicole Ditillo (Baldwin, Md./Fallston) posted two draw controls, two ground balls, and two caused turnovers. Sophomore Becky Lutz (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) accrued three ground balls, three draw controls, and one caused turnover.

Gina Valles and Brooks Laufman each scored twice for Roanoke with the former adding an assist and three draw controls. Maroon goalie Katlyn Scarlett had a busy afternoon in goal, stopping 19 shots and corralling five ground balls.

Gettysburg will square off with fourth-ranked TCNJ in a rematch of heated battle between the two earlier this spring. The Lions survived an early run by the Bullets to pull off an 11-10 victory at Clark Field in Gettysburg, Pa., on April 5. Gettysburg and TCNJ have met three times in the NCAA Tournament with the latter winning all three games en route to national titles.