Top-ranked Bullets Lock Down No. 25 Denison

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Freshman Kerry McKeever (Stony Brook, N.Y./Ward Melville) scored six goals and senior Katie Landry (Hingham, Mass./Hingham) dished out six assists to lead top-ranked Gettysburg College past No. 25 Denison University 17-4 in non-conference women's lacrosse action at Clark Field Sunday.
Gettysburg (3-0) continued its hot start to the season by beating its third consecutive foe by double-figures. The Bullets tossed in the first six goals and took a 10-goal lead just before the half on Saturday. Gettysburg has out-scored its first three opponents 53-10.
McKeever filled the stat sheet. She dished out one assist for a season-high seven points and added three ground balls, four draw controls, and one caused turnover. Landry set a new personal high for assists and finished one shy of the program record. The senior is just two assist shy of becoming the fourth Bullet with 100 in a career.
Sophomore Liza Barr (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) scored a hat trick for the second game in a row, while classmates Courtney Patterson (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Hunterdon Central Regional) and Ella Orzechowski (Elkridge, Md./Howard) each tallied two scores.
Gettysburg didn't waste any time striking out to the lead, scoring on its first two possessions. Senior Maggie Welsh(Rye, N.Y./Holy Child) scored on a feed from senior Katie Willis (Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame Prep) 1:08 into the game and Barr jumped into the scoring column 20 seconds later following a pass from McKeever.
The Orange and Blue defense forced Denison (2-1) into six turnovers in the first 10 minutes of the game, including a pair of failed clears. Junior goalie Bailey Pilder (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) stopped the first shot on goal by Halle Walsh at 23:39.
After the Big Red turned in their first goal with 15:59 left in the first half, Gettysburg ran off the next six , including three from McKeever. The Bullets led 11-1 at halftime and scored five of the first six goals of the second half to take a 16-2 advantage with 12:57 remaining.
Gettysburg held the lead in shots (25-17), ground balls (23-17), and draw controls (13-10) over Denison.
Nine Bullets picked up at least two ground balls, including two each by defenders Cassie Smith (Phoenix, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) and Daphne Budd (Darien, Conn./Darien). The well-rounded defensive effort also featured eight different players with caused turnovers.
Pilder came up with three stops in the first half, while sophomore Casey Cole (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) registered half a dozen saves in the final 30 minutes.
Leah Israel led Denison with one goal, one assist, three ground balls, four draw controls, and two caused turnovers.
Gettysburg resumes action at eighth-ranked Washington and Lee University next Sunday at 1 p.m.