No. 1 Gettysburg Proves Too Much for Women's Lax, 16-8
GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Led by a six-goal performance from sophomore Loren Pruitt, the No. 1 and defending national champion Gettysburg Bullets (8-1, 4-0 CC) defeated the Swarthmore women's lacrosse team by score of 16-8 on Saturday afternoon from the Battlefield.
Junior Annalise Penikis led the Garnet (7-3, 2-2) attack with two goals and two assists. With her two goals, Penikis is just one goal shy of her 100th career goal at Swarthmore.
Junior Corinne Sommi (pictured) also scored two goals and added one assist and senior Marie Mutryn scored two goals as well. Junior Beth Martin and freshman Sara Lentricchia both scored one goal a piece.
In the first half of play, Gettysburg used a late run to put a close game out of reach. Although Penikis was the first to score in the second minute of play, she was answered by two goals from the Bullets. Sommi scored in the sixth minute thanks to an assist from Martin to make the score 2-2
A tight ballgame in the early going, the Bullets used an impressive eight-goal run over the next 20 minutes of play to build a comfortable 10-2 lead with less than three and a half minutes remaining in the half. Sommi stopped the bleeding for the Garnet with her second goal of the half, this time unassisted, in the 28th minute, but she was answered in the final second of the first half by a Bullets' goal, giving Gettysburg an 11-3 lead at the half.
During the second half of play, the Garnet managed to slow down the Bullets offense and improved its overall play, but still could not mount a comeback.
Gettysburg scored the first three goals of the second half to go ahead 14-3 with 24 minutes remaining in the game, but the Garnet did not give up, responding with two goals. Penikis scored in the 40th minute thanks to a quick assist from Sommi and Mutryn followed with a goal in the 46th minute off of a free position attempt to make the score 14-5.
The Bullets struck back in the 49th minute, but Martin had an answer less than a minute later, scoring a good looking goal from a Penikis assist.
Gettyburg scored its final goal of the game in the 51st minute to make the game 16-6, but Swarthmore refused to relent and scored two more goals before the game concluded. Mutryn and Lentricchia scored in the 56th minute, making the final score 16-8.
The women look to bounce back when they face Neumann on Tuesday, April 3rd. Action is slated for 7:00 p.m. at Clothier Field.