LANCASTER, Pa. -- No. 2 Gettysburg picked up their third consecutive Centennial Conference (CC) Crown with a 16-6 victory over No. 4 Franklin & Marshall Sunday afternoon at Shadek Stadium. The Bullets (17-1), will receive the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, while the Diplomats (15-4) will have to wait until tonight's NCAA Selection Show to find out if they can receive an at-large bid. The show will be broadcasted on NCAA.com at 9:30 p.m. tonight. Click here to watch the show.
Gettysburg controlled the pace of the game from the opening whistle and took an early 3-0 lead nine minutes into the game. Ally Marino finished off a pass from Jane Cote at 19:24 for F&M's first point and the Bullets answered with another three-goal spurt for a 6-1 lead at 10:01. Marino brought F&M within four at 4:55, before Gettysburg answered for a 7-2 advantage. Marissa McGarrey fed Maisie O'Shea at 2:39 to make it 7-3, but the Bullets answered again with just nine ticks on the clock for an 8-3 score at the break.
The Bullets continued their run with four goals in the opening 12 minutes of the second for an 11-3 lead. Cote found Grace Norley at 18:05 to stop the run, and Norley struck after a Gettysburg score to bring F&M within seven, 12-5, with 16:24 left to play. The Bullets again countered, this time with a four-goal spurt, and Norley found Marino for the last score of the game.
Ally Marino had three goals, Grace Norley finished with two goals and one assist and Cote dished out two helpers. Erin Philips and Tabitha Rodriquez each caused two overs to pace the defense and Emily Kitchin (9-1) turned away eight shots in the cage in the loss.
Gettysburg led in shots at 27-23, and ground balls 11-6, while draws were even at 11-11.