ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Muhlenberg College turned in a three-goal run late in the second half and then survived a last-minute push by top-ranked Gettysburg College for an 8-7 victory in Centennial Conference women's lacrosse action Saturday night.
Gettysburg (8-2, 1-1 CC) dropped its first decision to Muhlenberg (7-1, 2-0 CC) in 31 all-time meetings. The Bullets had two opportunities to tie the game in the final two minutes, but a pair of turnovers sealed the decision in favor of the Mules.
Senior Caroline Jaeger (Hampton, N.J./North Hunterdon) and junior Maggie Welsh (Rye, N.H./Holy Child) each posted a pair of goals, while junior Katie Willis (Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame Prep) tallied a goal and an assist. Senior Shannon Keeler (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) posted six saves and four ground balls.
Jordy Bonvini led Muhlenberg with four goals and three draw controls. Nora Fisher dished out a pair of assists, including on the eventual game-winner by Stephanie D'Ascoli with 8:52 left.
Willis tallied the first goal off a feed by junior Katie Landry (Hingham, Mass./Hingham) 1:25 into the game. Just 25 seconds later, the Bullets took a 2-0 lead as junior Ali Gorab (Southport, Conn./Ludlowe) scored her first career goal.
Kelsey Nagle put Muhlenberg on the board 40 seconds later, but Gettysburg regained its two-goal lead on a free-position goal by Jaeger with 26:18 remaining in the first half.
The Mules regained control with a three-goal run heading into halftime. The last tally by Bonvini ended a 15-minute scoring drought and handed the hosts a 4-3 lead at the break.
After exchanging goals to start the second period, Gettysburg looked to grab the upper-hand with two consecutive scores. Welsh scored at 19:21 and Jaeger converted following a Mule turnover with 15:09 left in the game to put the Bullets in front 6-5.
Muhlenberg scored on each of its next three possessions. Bonvini tied the contest at 13:36 and Emma Carmody put the Mules in front with a free-position goal at 11:57. After winning the ensuing draw control and firing a flurry of shots, the hosts seized a three-goal lead (8-5) as Fisher found D'Ascoli for the eventual game-winner with 8:52 left.
A failed clear by Muhlenberg led to a goal by Welsh to pull the score to 8-7 with 5:18 to go. Both sides exchanged turnovers before sophomore goalie Bailey Pilder (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) stopped a shot by Carmody with 1:54 left. The Bullets came right down the field and appeared to score the tying goal on a shot by Landry. However, a foul away from the play wiped the goal away and handed the ball back to Muhlenberg.
The Mules failed to hang onto the possession, turning the ball over on a false-start with 48 seconds left. The Bullets were eventually awarded a free-position attempt on the eight-meter arc, but a false-start led to another turnover. Muhlenberg was able to run out the final 27 seconds.
Gettysburg led in shots (26-21), ground balls (20-18), and draw controls (11-6).
The Bullets will look to bounce back at No. 3 Franklin & Marshall College on Wednesday, April 5, at 7 p.m.