Women’s Lacrosse : No. 3 Gettysburg Leaps Past No. 21 Denison

Maddy Ruffini looks for an opening to the cage.
Maddy Ruffini looks for an opening to the cage.

Third-ranked Gettysburg College (3-0) opened a five-game stretch of contests against nationally-ranked opponents by taking down No. 21 Denison University (1-2) 13-6 in non-conference women’s lacrosse action Saturday at Clark Field.
Gettysburg’s Top Performers

  • Bri Stokes ’21 (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) 3 goals, 3 assists
  • Courtney Patterson ’20 (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Hunterdon Central) – 3 goals, 5 draw controls
  • Kerry McKeever ’21 (Stony Brook, N.Y./Ward Melville) – 2 goals, assist
  • Liza Barr ’20 (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) – 2 goals, assist
  • Nora Janzer ’22 (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) – 4 draw controls, 3 caused turnovers
  • Casey Cole ’20 (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) – 7 saves, 3 GA

Denison’s Top Performers

  • Casey McTague – 2 goals, 3 caused turnovers, 3 ground balls
  • Liza Farnham – 2 goals
  • Paris Healey – 4 ground balls
  • Charlotte Godfrey – 3 ground balls, 4 draw controls, two caused turnovers
  • Maeve Caldwell – 13 saves

How It Happened…

  • First Half

    • It was cold and windy, but Gettysburg got off to a hot start with the game’s first five goals. Stokes opened the scoring with back-to-back tallies before assisting on scores by Patterson and senior Maria Nemeth (Westfield, N.J./Westfield). Barr provided the fifth tally with a bouncing shot into the cage at 21:30.
    • Denison sliced into the deficit by scoring three of the next four goals, all on free-position shots. Farnham opened the scoring for the Big Red and went back-to-back with McTague just 22 seconds apart to make it 6-3 with 18:21 left.
    • The visitors would find no more give to the Gettysburg defense with Cole making five of her seven first-half saves over the final 17 minutes. McKeever turned in a pair of goals to pad the lead, including the last on a free-position shot with two seconds left to give the Bullets an 8-3 advantage.
  • Second Half

    • Patterson lit the lamp at the start of the final stanza with a right-to-left shot past Caldwell and the Gettysburg senior repeated the same attempt with the same result four minutes later to make it 10-3. After a goal Denison, the Bullets tallied a pair of advantage goals with Barr finding Stokes and the junior dishing to Nemeth to make it a 12-4 lead with 12:57 to go.
    • Denison cut the margin down to 12-6 on a goal by McTague with just over 11 minutes remaining. Barr capped the scoring following a pass from McKeever at the seven-minute mark.

By the Numbers

  • Gettysburg finished with a 37-20 edge in shots. The Bullets held the Big Red to just seven shots in the second half, while forcing 16 turnovers. Denison was just 8-of-15 on clear attempts in the final stanza.
  • Stokes picked up three more assists and now has seven for the season – just three shy of her career high. The junior attacker is just four points shy of 100 for her career.
  • Barr ended the game just two points shy of Pam Williams ’88 for the No. 10 spot on the school’s all-time scoring list. Barr has 231 career points on 118 goals and 113 assists.
  • Janzer recorded more draw controls Saturday (4) than she had in all of 2019 (3). Patterson powered the ball to the blue restraining line several times and the sophomore was waiting to scoop it up and dash up the field.
  • Gettysburg scored its first win this season over a nationally-ranked foe Saturday. It’s the start of a five-game slate against nationally-ranked opponents that includes No. 8 Washington & Lee University (March 8), No. 4 Salisbury University (March 11), No. 2 Tufts University (March 14), and No. 7 York (Pa.) College (March 18).

Where the Series Stands
Gettysburg moved to 8-0 all-time against Denison. The Bullets have faced the Big Red in each of the last three seasons, including twice in 2019. Gettysburg has out-scored the six-time defending North Coast Athletic Conference champs 58-17 in those four games.
Next Up
Gettysburg visits eighth-ranked Washington & Lee on Sunday, March 8, at 1 p.m.

This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.