Gettysburg Holds Off Dickinson Rally to Reach CC Title Game

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Dickinson College trimmed a six-goal deficit down to two with two minutes to go, but third-ranked Gettysburg College won the final draw and ran out the remaining time to pull out a 15-13 victory in the semifinals of the Centennial Conference Championship Saturday at Clark Field.
 
Gettysburg (16-2) advances to the conference finals for the 17th consecutive season. The defending champs will meet No. 10 Franklin & Marshall College (15-4), which defeated Muhlenberg College (13-4) 15-7 in Saturday's second semi, for the conference crown on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Clark Field.

The Bullets were in control for most of the game and jumped out to a 3-0 lead following a goal by junior Katie Willis (Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame Prep) at 23:58.
 
Dickinson (10-8) goalie Tara Cuddihy posted a pair of saves in the next three minutes with the last setting up a goal by Anne Dunster at 18:02. Dunster followed up with another tally to pull the Red Devils to 3-2 on the scoreboard.
 
Willis kick-started a 6-0 run by the hosts with a pair of well-placed shots at the cage. Junior Katie Landry (Hingham, Mass./Hingham) and senior Caroline Jaeger (Hampton, N.J./North Hunterdon) each scored twice during the run as the Bullets went into halftime with a 9-3 advantage.
 
Sam Marmo pulled Dickinson back into the contest by netting three of the first four goals of the second half, with the last cutting the Gettysburg lead to 10-6 with 26:27 left.
 
The difference remained four until a quick 3-1 run by the Bullets. Jaeger tossed in her fourth goal of the game to make it 14-8 with just under 13 minutes to play.
 
After junior Maggie McClain (Wexford, Pa./Sewickley Academy) made it 15-9 with 5:30 left, Dickinson made its run behind the draw skills of senior Maddy Siebold. Siebold won each of the next four draw controls and the Red Devils took advantage by scoring four times. A tally by Maddie Parker made it 15-13 with 2:02 to go.
 
Freshman Courtney Patterson (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Hunterdon Central Regional) secured the final draw of the game and Gettysburg ran out the rest of the time.
 
Dickinson led in shots (26-25) and draw controls (18-12), while Gettysburg led in ground balls (15-9).
 
Willis tied her personal highs with four goals and five points, while Jaeger also tied a career high with four goals. Landry finished with two goals and three assists and McClain tallied a pair of goals. Patterson scored a goal and picked up four draw controls.
 
Junior Cassie Smith (Phoenix, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) turned in four draw controls and three ground balls to pace the Gettysburg defense. Sophomore Brooke Holechek (Reisterstown, Md./Notre Dame Prep) tallied two ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers.
 
Senior Shannon Keeler (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) started and finished the game and made two saves in 39 minutes. Sophomore Bailey Pilder (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) posted six saves in 20 minutes of action.
 
Siebold turned in a monster game off the draw, racking up a dozen draw controls. She also scored three goals and one assist. Marmo and Parker each tallied hat tricks, while Eleanor Kaestner and Dunster each tallied two goals. Goalie Tara Cuddihy recorded three ground balls and five saves.
 
In the second semifinal, Franklin & Marshall opened with the first three goals and built 5-1 advantage heading into halftime. Muhlenberg countered with two of the first three goals of the second half to cut the advantage to 6-3.
 
The Diplomats seized control with a 5-1 run that ended with a goal by Katie Groenke to make it 11-4 with 17 minutes left. Franklin & Marshall tacked on three more scores in the final 2:55 to set the final margin.
 
Paige Moriarty tossed in five goals and dished out two assists to pace F&M. Gabby Frank added four goals, while Maddie Hughes recorded two goals, one assist, three ground balls, and three caused turnovers. Goalie Danielle Harrington logged eight saves.
 
Amanda Tullo led Muhlenberg with three goals and Emma Charron turned in a pair of tallies. Sara Allison posted six saves for the Mules.
 
Gettysburg and Franklin & Marshall will meet in the conference title game for the 14th time in 15 seasons. The Bullets own a slim 7-6 edge in those contests. The Orange and Blue defeated the Blue and White 6-5 in last year's title matchup.