NCAA Third Round: Middlebury Falls to Gettysburg, 9-7

NCAA Third Round: Middlebury Falls to Gettysburg, 9-7

Courtesy of Middlebury Sports Information

– Middlebury saw its season come to an end during an NCAA Regional Semifinal via a 9-7 loss at Gettysburg Saturday afternoon. The Bullets scored the final six goals of the game during the win on Clark Field. Gettysburg (18-2) advances to play the winner of the day's second game between Trinity and Fredonia State, while the Panthers conclude their spring with a 12-6 record.

In the opening half, the Panthers scored four of the first five goals. Just 21 seconds in, Megan Griffin got the visitors on the board, slashing in from 10 yards out after receiving a pinpoint pass from Mary O'Connell behind the goal. Under two minutes later, Chrissy Ritter made it 2-0 when she received a pass from Griffin and sliced in from the right side.

Gettysburg cut the Panther lead in half when Katie Blumenthal scored off an assist by Kelsey Markiewicz. The score remained that way until back-to-back goals from Middlebury just 18 seconds apart. Liza Herzog and Alli Sciarretta put the visitors in front by a 6-2 tally at 24:05 and 23:47, respectively. Griffin tallied a helper on both scores.

Six minutes later, Markiewicz brought the hosts to within two at 4-2 on a dodge from left to right with an assist from Mandy Buell. The Panthers recorded a pair of unassisted goals, garnering a 6-2 lead. Chrissy Ritter collected a loose ball in front and scooped a shot into the back of the net with 9:47 left. A little more than five minutes later, Katie Ritter worked from 12 yards out and sent a bouncing shot past Gettysburg goalie Shannon Keeler at 4:37.

Buell scored the Bullets' third tally, making the Middlebury advantage 6-3 with an unassisted goal with 1:51 left.

After the halftime break, Middlebury pushed its lead to four at 7-3 with 26:46 left. Herzog found Laurel Pascal following a dodge and a quick-stick shot.

However, the Bullets took control of the momentum, tallying the ensuing six goals over a 21-minute stretch. Markiewicz started things off with a free-position shot at 24:15, while Bridget Kenny scored on a pass from Emily Tropsa. Buell and Markiewicz brought Gettysburg to within one at 7-6 on a pair of unassisted tallies, while Markiewicz finished her hat trick on a dodge from the left at 15:57. Bailey Beardsley put the Bullets ahead for good at 6:39 with an assist from Maggie Connolly, while Kenny wrapped up the scoring with 3:13 left.

Chrissy Ritter paced Middlebury with two goals, while Griffin had a goal and a game-high three assists. Four others had goals for the Panthers. Katie Ritter gathered a game-best six ground balls, while Chrissy Ritter and Catherine Fowler each had three. Hannah Deoul recorded a game-best four draw controls, while Alyssa Palomba tallied six saves in front of the net.

Markiewicz's three goals and an assist paced Gettysburg, while Buell added two goals and a helper. Paige McKenna had five ground balls for the Bullets. Keeler finished with 12 saves, including eight in second half.

Middlebury held a 22-17 advantage in ground balls, and possessed a slight 10-8 edge in draw controls. Gettysburg possessed a 27-23 advantage in shots.