GETTYSBURG, PA – Gettysburg's Hannah Church had a game-best five assists and eight points to go with three goals as host #4 Gettysburg downed visiting Washington College, 15-5, on Sunday afternoon at Clark Field in the 2012 Centennial Conference Women's Lacrosse Tournament Championship Game. The Bullets, the tournament's top seed improves to 17-1 overall and receives the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, while the third seeded Shorewomen conclude their campaign at 10-6. It was the first time that Washington appeared in the women's lacrosse conference championship game.
The Bullets struck just 2:32 into the game when Lindsey Robinson finished off a feed from Church for the first goal. Robinson made it 2-0 with 24:11 left in the half and then 43 seconds later scored again on a Church pass. Church put Gettysburg up 4-0 with 21:30 to go in the opening half as she drove 35 yards to the goal to score the tally.
Washington got on the board with 20:12 left in the first when junior attacker Corinne Ziccardi (Baltimore, MD/Loch Raven) scored on a free position shot to cut the Gettysburg lead to 4-1. Robinson restored the four-goal lead with 15:47 when she scored on a feed from Katie Blumenthal. The Bullets made it 6-1 when Blumenthal scored on a Robinson pass just 21 ticks later. Church increased the lead to 7-1 with 14:38 left on an unassisted tally. Bridget Kenny converted a free position shot with 12:49 to go in the first 30 minutes on a man-up free position shot to increase the lead to 8-1. Church made it 9-1 when she scored her 200th career goal with 10:13 remaining on a free position. Kate Higgins made it 10-1 with 8:29 to go in the first on an unassisted mark. Loren Pruitt scored with 5:57 left on a pass from Church to make it 11-1. Senior attacker Kalli Parrish (Timonium, MD/McDonogh School) converted a free position shot with 4:17 remaining in the first to trim it to 11-2. The final goal of the first half was from Mandy Buell on a free position with 3:41 to go to make it 12-2.
In the second half, the Bullets and the Shorewomen each scored three goals. The Shorewomen's goals in the second half were by sophomore attacker Carly Eisenbrandt (Baltimore, MD/Towson) on a pass from Ziccardi on a man-up situation with 14:25 left in the game, a free position goal by freshman midfielder/defender Emily Hubley (West Chester, PA/Bayard Rustin) with 6:00 left in the contest and Eisenbrandt's second tally of the game on a man-up score with 1:28 remaining. Senior midfielder Rachel Bartee (Mt. Airy, MD/South Carroll) won her 100th career draw control with 1:24 left in the game.
Robinson had four goals to lead all players and had five total points for the Bullets, while Kenny and Pruitt each scored twice for Gettysburg. In goal, Maddie Coleman stopped nine shots. For Gettysburg, it is the team's first conference crown since 2006.
Eisenbrandt led Washington with two goals, while Ziccardi had two points on a goal and an assist. In net, junior Stephanie Seibert (Clear Spring, MD/Mercersburg Academy (PA) turned away six shots. WC scored on both of its man-up chances.
The Bullets outshot the Shorewomen 28-17 in the game and both teams had 11 groundballs in the contest. Gettysburg held a 13-9 edge in draw controls. The Bullets were 14-for-14 in clears, while the Shorewomen were 9-for-12.
Today marked the final game for in a Washington uniform for seniors Bartee, Parrish, midfielder/defender Ann Eickelberg (Amityville, MD/St. John The Baptist), defender Brooke Paulshock (Forest Hill, MD/C. Milton Wright), defender Caroline Stanley (Freeland, MD/Hereford) and attacker Liza Twilley (Salisbury, MD/Salisbury School).