May 15, 2010

Courtesy of Gettysburg Athletics

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Gettysburg College and Trinity (Conn.) College set out on a collision course for Sunday's NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Regional Championship with a pair of dominating performances on Saturday at Clark Field. The Bullets ran past Babson College 18-5, while the Bantams did the same to Stevens Institute of Technology 17-8.

Fourth-ranked Gettysburg (17-3) received 13 total points from seniors Nina Emala (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) and Hollis Stahl (Hightstown, N.J./Peddie School) to reach the regional championship for the seventh time in eight seasons. Trinity (15-3), ranked eighth, produced a balanced scoring effort as four players notched a hat trick. The Bantams qualified for their fourth regional title contest, but first since 1998. Gettysburg and Trinity will square off in the regional title game on Sunday at 3 p.m.

The Bullets started early against No. 11 Babson (15-4) as seniors Jessica Crane (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) and Lexie Hearn (Old Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) posted the first two scores at 27:29 and 24:51, respectively.

Babson's Jamie Spang answered 20 seconds after Hearn's score to slice the margin in half, but Gettysburg dialed up the offense and mounted a 10-goal run over the final 23:58 of the opening period. Stahl hit for five goals, while Emala and senior Lauren Woodman (Denver, Colo./Kent) each struck twice. The Bullets entered the break with a 12-1 lead.

After being held scoreless for 24:45, the Beavers opened the final period with the first two tallies to pull to 12-3. Emala quelled the momentum with her team-best 11th free position goal of the year and added an unassisted score at 22:46. Sophomore Hannah Church (Ellicott City, Md./Mount de Sales Academy) added another unassisted goal just before the 20-minute mark to up the lead to 15-3.

Kaitlyn Pettengill was the only Beaver to solve Gettysburg keeper Kristen Krammer (Woodbine, Md./Glenelg) over the remainder of the game with a pair of scores in the final 16:04. Krammer posted five of her nine saves in the second half.

Gettysburg out-shot Babson 34-16 and won the battle off the draw 16-9. The Beavers coughed up the ball 17 times, including seven on clear attempts.

Emala's seven-point effort vaulted her into ninth on Gettysburg's all-time scoring list with 191 career points. Stahl's five goals moved her into third on the school's career list with 186, just one shy of 2003 graduate Megan Murphy. She added a game-high five draw controls and tied Crane for team honors with a pair of caused turnovers. Crane tallied two goals and two helpers, while junior Marnie Commins (Fairfax Station, Va./Robinson) put up one goal and three assists.

Junior Becky Lutz (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) made her presence felt on the defensive side and off the draw with six ground balls and three draw controls. Senior defender Nicole Ditillo (Baldwin, Md./Fallston) added four draw controls.

Pettengill led Babson with two goals and five shots. Alyssa Hood added one goal and one assist, while Bridget McCurdy and Anna Collins each posted three caused turnovers. Sarah Macary made 10 saves and scooped up 10 ground balls in the Beaver goal.

In Saturday's second game, Trinity taught No. 7 Stevens (17-3) a lesson on taking care of the ball. The Bantams held the Ducks empty on their first five clear attempts, while putting in the game's first two scores by Liz Bruno and Megan Leonhard.

Stevens turned in the next goal as Spencer Waybright found the net at 20:11, but Trinity came right back with the next three goals, including back-to-back tallies by Kaitlin Hildebrand and Haley Thompson just 49 seconds apart to jump ahead 5-1 at 12:56.

The Bantams won eight of 10 draws in the first period to maintain possession and keep at least a three-goal lead for the rest of the half. After netting the final goal of the period to take a 7-3 lead at the break, Trinity tossed in the first two of the second half to put up the largest margin of the afternoon at 9-3 with 27:43 to play.

Stevens attempted a comeback with a pair of goals by Leah Wasserman and Michelle Buonacuore to pull to 9-5, but the Bantams ran away with the next five goals and never looked back.

Trinity's defensive pressure forced Stevens into 17 turnovers, 11 of which came on the Ducks' clear attempts. The Bantams also dominated play off the draw, corralling 20-of-26 draw controls on the day.

Alisen Urquhart, Caitlin Irvine, Kristin Phelps and Leonhard each posted three goals, with Urquhart adding an assist for a four-point afternoon. Liz Bruno tacked on two goals and one assist, while Sarah Remes posted one goal and two helpers. Stephanie Fihser picked up the win by making a trio of saves in goal.

Jenna Scheibling and Waybright each posted two scores for Stevens and Alyssa Pigott managed one goal and three assists. Shannon McFadden took the loss in goal, despite stopping eight shots.