Women’s Lacrosse : Fourth-ranked Bullets Race Past Mustangs

3/14/19 - Sparks, MD: US Lacrosse Headquarters, Lacrosse
3/14/19 – Sparks, MD: US Lacrosse Headquarters, Lacrosse

Fourth-ranked Gettysburg College (2-0) rattled off the game’s first 11 goals and put the engine in cruise control in the second half on the way to a 16-7 non-conference win over Stevenson University (0-2) at Clark Field Saturday afternoon.
Gettysburg’s Top Performers

  • Kerry McKeever ’21 (Stony Brook, N.Y./Ward Melville) – 3 goals, assist, 4 draw controls
  • Courtney Patterson ’20 (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Hunterdon Central) – 3 goals, 3 draw controls
  • Maddy Ruffini ’21 (Media, Pa./Strath Haven) – 3 goals
  • Bri Stokes ’21 (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) 2 goals, 2 assists
  • Liza Barr ’20 (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) – 2 goals, 3 assists
  • Claire Macatee ’20 (Bel Air, Md./North Harford) – 4 ground balls, 7 draw controls
  • Abbie Lee ’20 (Hingham, Mass./Hingham) – 4 saves, 2 GA
  • Casey Cole ’20 (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) – 6 saves, 5 GA

Stevenson’s Top Performers

  • Caroline Murphy – 2 goals
  • Carley Bowes – 2 goals
  • Sarah Roerty – 5 ground balls, 2 draw controls, 4 caused turnovers
  • Mack Ferguson – 7 saves

How It Happened…

  • First Half

    • Gettysburg scored three goals in just over two minutes to start the game. Following Ruffini’s opening score, the Bullets grabbed the ensuing draw and raced down the field for a goal by Barr 10 seconds later. Senior Ella Orzechowski (Elkridge, Md./Howard) made it 3-0 with a free-position shot at 27:53.
    • Lee stopped the Mustangs on a pair of shots before McKeever netted her own free-position shot. The Bullets tallied seven goals over a six-minute span, ending with another goal by McKeever to go up 10-0 with 17 minutes remaining.
    • Stevenson recorded two of the final three goals of the period and trailed 12-2 at the break.
  • Second Half

    • The Bullets led by as many as 11 in the final stanza. Freshman Gabi Connor (Haddonfield, N.J./Haddonfield) scored on a free-position shot with 10:11 left and sophomore Maddi Seibel (Newtown, Pa./Pennington School) turned in the team’s final score to make it 16-5 with just over eight minutes remaining.

By the Numbers

  • Gettysburg finished with a 32-19 lead in shots, while the teams each grabbed 20 ground balls. The Bullets won 16-of-24 draw controls.
  • Barr moved past Kelsey Markiewicz ’14 for 11th on Gettysburg’s career scoring list with 228 points. She needs five more points to reach the top 10.
  • Stokes needs 10 more points to reach 100 for her career. The junior would be the fourth player on the roster to reach the milestone, joining Barr (228), McKeever (156), and Patterson (110).
  • Macatee tied her career high with seven draw controls.
  • Ruffini topped her personal high for goals by one.

Where the Series Stands
Gettysburg improved to 8-0 against Stevenson.
Next Up
The Bullets host No. 22 Denison University next Saturday, Feb. 29, at 1 p.m.

This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.