GETTYSBURG, Pa. — Top-ranked Gettysburg closed the game on a 4-1 run to defeat the third-ranked Washington and Lee women's lacrosse team, 11-9, on Saturday at Clark Field.
The Bullets (4-0) held a 5-4 lead at halftime, and extended it to 6-4 with a goal by junior attacker Liza Barr with 25:27 left in the contest. First-year attacker Katherine Faria (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) answered with a goal 34 seconds later to trim the deficit to 6-5. Barr then put Gettysburg back on top by two (7-5) five minutes later with her third tally of the game.
Junior attacker Dani Murray (Denver, Colo./Kent Denver) scored off a free position shot with 19:08 on the clock to ignite a three-goal spurt for the Generals (3-2). Senior attacker Haley Tucker (Manakin-Sabot, Va./St. Catherine's) followed with a game-tying goal (7-7) off a pass from sophomore attacker Landon Shelley (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) two minutes later.
Junior attacker Collette Murray (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) then scored to push the Blue and White in front, 8-7, at the 14:42 mark of the period. Neither team registered a goal over the next seven minutes of game action, but then on a counter attack, sophomore attacker Bri Stokes tied the game, 8-8, for the Bullets with 7:20 left on the clock.
Gettysburg retained possession on the draw control and following a missed shot by senior midfielder Steph Colson, Stokes quickly reinserted the ball into play. She passed from behind the cage to Barr just outside the crease, and Barr then beat senior goalkeeper Ellie Aburn (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Prep) with 6:09 remaining in the contest to give the Bullets a 9-8 edge.
The Generals called a timeout, but Gettysburg secured the ensuing draw control. The Bullets then pushed their advantage to 10-8 on a goal by Stokes with 4:57 on the clock. Tucker brought the Blue and White to within one (10-9) with a goal off a free position shot with 4:04 left in the contest, but sophomore midfielder Kerry McKeever answered with a goal at the 2:31 mark, 11-9, to allow Gettysburg to escape with the victory.
Dani Murray finished the game with three goals on three shots. Tucker totaled three goals and four draw controls. She now has 189 draw controls in her career, which is just one off the program record of 190 held by Alex Van Horn '14.
Faria registered two goals and one assist. Sophomore defender Catherine Arrix (Darien, Conn./Darien) led the team with three ground balls and three caused turnovers. Aburn played the full 60 minutes, totaling a season-high 10 saves. For Gettysburg, senior goalkeeper Bailey Pilder made 11 saves in 60 minutes.
Barr paced the Bullets with four goals on four shots. McKeever recorded two goals, three assists and four draw controls. Junior midfielder Courtney Patterson tallied a team-high eight draw controls, to go with three ground balls and two caused turnovers.
The Generals return to action on Wednesday, when they host Dickinson at 4:00 pm.
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