May 19, 2007
GENEVA, N.Y. - Franklin & Marshall College used nine unanswered goals to propel the Diplomats to a 13-7 victory over Gettysburg College in the NCAA Division III Semifinals on McCooey Field at William Smith College. Sophomore Jen Pritchard, first-year Blake Hargest, and sophomore Shannon Summers each registered six points to pace F&M.
Pritchard logged five goals and an assist, Hargest had four goals and two assists, and Summers notched a goal and five assists. With 13 helpers in three games, Hargest tied the record for assists in an NCAA Tournament shared by Middlebury's Kristen Hanley in 2003 and Amherst's Laura Schifter in 2003.
Junior Megan Moore led Gettysburg with two goals and an assist, while senior Katie Hagan (2-0), senior Alexandra Ewing (1-1), and junior Katie Ceglarski (1-1) each contributed two points.
The Bullets (17-4) jumped out to the early lead when Ewing scored her 37th goal of the season less than three minutes into the contest. The Bullets enjoyed the momentum early, but only managed the one goal in the first 10 minutes.
The Diplomats (20-0) swung the pendulum back the other way thanks to a strong performance by Hargest. The attacker sandwiched a pair of scores around an assist on a goal by Pritchard in a span of just three minutes to put F&M in front 3-1.
Pritchard and Hargest each scored once more in the half to send the Diplomats into the break with a 5-1 lead.
Franklin & Marshall outshot Gettysburg 20-8 in the first 30 minutes.
The Diplomats carried the run over into the second half, netting the first four goals. Senior Kelly Cassels needed just 26 seconds to get on the board, followed by a strike 1:32 later by Hargest. Pritchard netted back-to-back goals to raise F&M's lead to 9-1.
The Bullets made a move to get back in the contest with three unanswered goals. Megan Moore got the ball rolling with her 38th season on an assist by junior Katie Ceglarski, extending her point scoring streak to 20 games. Senior Megan Betts followed with a score when her pass deflected off a defender's stick and ricocheted into the cage. Ceglarski capped the run off an assist by Ewing, trimming the Gettysburg deficit to five, 9-4.
The Bullets never got any closer as the teams traded goals to the final horn.
First-year goalie Lidia Sanza made seven saves to earn the win, while first-year goalie Kristen Krammer made 10 stops for Gettysburg.
The Diplomats will make their first NCAA Championship game appearance against the winner of today's second semifinal between Middlebury and Salisbury. The game, which is scheduled to start at noon, will air live on CSTV.