No. 15 Gettysburg takes edge in playoff chase

Stephanie Thomson © 2009 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Stephanie Thomson © 2009 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

Bullets notch 2-1 win at McDaniel to tie for second in standings

WESTMINSTER, Md. - Nina Emala gave No. 15 Gettysburg a 2-0 with just over 21 minutes to play en route to a 2-1 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) field hockey action on Wednesday.

The Bullets (11-4, 5-2 CC) forged a tie with Johns Hopkins for second place in the conference standings with three games to play while the Green Terror (6-8, 4-3 CC) fall into a three-way tie for fourth place. The top five teams make the conference tournament.

After a scoreless first half in which neither team had many quality scoring chances, Lexie Hearn scored off a corner, sending a long shot in the right side of the cage for a 1-0 lead at the 36:48 mark.

Emala doubled the advantage, tapping a hard hit from Molly Latta around a diving McDaniel keeper at the 48:19 mark.

Mandy Pickard (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) made it a 2-1 game tapping in a rebound for her ninth goal of the season in the 62nd minute.

Stephanie Thomson (Glen Burnie, Md./Chesapeake) made three saves for McDaniel while Christina Anderson had five stops for Gettysburg.

Both teams took seven shots while Gettysburg finished with a 15-8 advantage in penalty corners.

The Green Terror returns to action on Saturday at Washington (Md.) Game time is 1 p.m.

Score by Period                                    1            2            -            F
No. 15 Gettysburg (11-4, 5-2 CC)            0            2            -            2
McDaniel (6-8, 4-3 CC)                                    0            1            -            1

Scoring Summary:
G - Lexie Hearn (Katie Savage), 36:48
G - Nina Emala (Molly Latta), 48:19
M - Mandy Pickard, 61:11

Shots: G 7, M 7. Penalty Corners: G 15, M 8. Saves: G 5 (Christina Anderson), M 3 (Stephanie Thomson).