Shore ladies unable to dodge No. 6-ranked Bullets

CHESTERTOWN — Gettysburg opened the game with a flurry of 10 unanswered goals, including six in a five-minute span to close out the first quarter, on the way to a commanding 19-7 victory over Washington in Centennial Conference women’s lacrosse action at Roy Kirby Jr. Stadium on Saturday.

The No. 6-ranked Bullets have won four games in a row since back-to-back losses at Salisbury and York.

They are 8-2 on the season, 2-0 in the conference.

In the preseason poll, CC coaches picked Gettysburg, the 2023 NCAA Division III runner-up, to win the conference.

Washington, which was coming off a 3-1 road trip (the only loss was 16-11 at then-No. 13 York on March 16), slipped to 7-3, 1-1.

Julie Breedveld’s free-position goal 66 seconds into the game gave Gettysburg a lead that was never threatened.

Junior midfielder Emily Crane scored four of her game-high five goals in the first frame, the last coming with just 8 seconds remaining for the 10-0 advantage.

Tobin Chambers put the Shore ladies on the board about four minutes into the second quarter, off a pass from Abby Laubach.

Gettysburg responded with an Emily Crane free-position strike, and freshman Meghan Crane followed her sister’s goal with one of her own for a 12-1 lead with six minutes and change remaining in the first half.

Jordan Basso and Washington’s Mia Salvatierra traded goals before┬áNina Marra scored her second of the season in the final 90 seconds, stretching the Bullets’ lead to 14-2 at intermission.

The spread was 17-4 after three quarters.

Washington finished the game on a 3-0 run over the final six and a half minutes with goals from Elisabeth Braswell, Anna Wilson and Ellie Bossi.

The locals’ seven goals were scored by seven different players; Laubach had two of Washington’s three assists.

Laubach added three more draw controls for a career total of 169, which is third best in program history.

Gettysburg outshot Washington, 50-15, and committed just nine turnovers.

A dozen Bullets registered at least one point on the day, led by Emily Crane’s five points. Basso (one goal, three assists) and Julia Daly (three goals, one assist) each had four points.

WHAT’S NEXT: From here on out, Washington’s women play a Centennial-only schedule. Their next game is 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 at No. 25-ranked Haverford (6-3, 2-0).

The Fords are coming off a 13-11 win at Muhlenberg on Saturday when they closed the game with five unanswered goals.

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