Bullets End Rhodes’ Perfect Run in NCAAs

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Junior Katie Willis (Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame Prep) scored four goals, junior Katie Landry (Hingham, Mass./Hingham) posted six points, and the Gettysburg College defense completely locked down the top-scoring team in the nation in a 19-1 victory over previously unbeaten Rhodes College in the third round of the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship at Clark Field.
Seventh-ranked Gettysburg (18-3) held Rhodes (19-1) to its lowest totals in shots (nine), ground balls (13), and draw controls (7), while recording its best defensive performance in an NCAA contest. The Bullets head to the regional final for the third time in four seasons where they will face No. 9 Salisbury University (16-5), which defeated No. 17 Ithaca College (14-5) 15-8 on Saturday. Gettysburg and Salisbury will square off at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at Clark Field.
Will posted at least a hat trick for the fifth time in six games to lead the offense. Landry tallied two goals and four assists, while senior Caroline Jaeger (Hampton, N.J./North Hunterdon) lit the lamp twice and scooped up three draw controls. Eleven Bullets scored a goal in the contest.
Gettysburg's defense was on its game, holding Rhodes to 9-of-18 on clears and forcing 21 turnovers. Nine players posted a caused turnover, including three by freshman Liza Barr (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) and two by senior Katelyn Neillands (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge). Junior Ali Gorab (Southport, Conn./Ludlowe) grabbed four draw controls, two ground balls, and a caused turnover. Senior Shannon Keeler(Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) held the Lynx scoreless during her 43 minutes in cage and posted four saves.
Gettysburg dominated possession of the ball from the opening whistle and Willis connected on her first goal 1:48 into the game. The Bullets' defense set the tone by forcing back-to-back turnovers on clears and Landry tacked on the second goal with 23:26 left in the first half.
Willis completed a hat trick with 14:40 left in the half to push the lead to 4-0. Landry assisted on the goal, the first of three consecutive helpers by the junior. Gettysburg tossed in four goals in the final 8:17 of the period to take a 9-0 lead at the break.
Six different players scored to start the second half as the lead reach 15-0 on a goal by freshman Maria Nemeth (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) at 16:24. Keeler recorded three saves during the run before exiting with 17 minutes left in the game.
Maggie Rippeto scored Rhodes' only goal with 6:08 left in the game. Following the ninth failed clear by the Lynx, Nemeth tossed in her second goal off an assist by Barr with 2:05 remaining.
Gettysburg finished with advantages in shots (42-9), ground balls (25-13), and draw controls (15-7). The Bullets were also perfect on 15 clears and committed just nine turnovers, including only one in the final period.
Sophomore Lauren Cole (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) and freshman Ella Orzechowski (Elkridge, Md./Howard) each scored a pair of goals for Gettysburg.
Gettysburg competes in the quarterfinals for the 12th time in the last 18 seasons. The Bullets are seeking their first appearance in the national semifinals in six years.
Salisbury jumped out to a solid start against Ithaca in Saturday's second game. The Sea Gulls posted the first three goals, including back-to-back tallies by Emma Wall. After Morgan Cadwell put the Bombers on the board, Kristen Murphy and Lindsey Wagner lifted Salisbury in front 5-1 with 19:02 to play.
Ithaca closed the gap to 5-2, but Salisbury's defense came up with five turnovers and goalie Gianna Falcone made a pair saves over the next 15 minutes. The Sea Gulls put up two more goals and headed into the break with a 7-3 lead.
Salisbury's lead didn't dip below four goals in the second half. Allison Hynson pushed the margin to a game-high seven (12-5) at 16:44.
Ithaca capitalized on some Sea Gull turnovers to pull to 12-8 on a goal by Elizabeth Rice with nine minutes left. Salisbury sealed the deal with a three-goal run to end the game.
Wagner paced Salisbury with three goals, while Murphy, Wall, and Hannah Young all scored two goals. Margaret Lenz posted three ground balls and three caused turnovers, while Falcone logged seven saves.
Ally Runyon led Ithaca with four goals and four draw controls. Cadwell scored a pair of goals and dished out an assist. Goalie Kimberly Presuto recorded four saves.