Messersmith breaks conference draw record

Paige Messersmith 2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Gettysburg, ranked fifth in the latest IWLCA Division III coaches poll, jumped out to a 9-0 lead en route to a 21-10 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) women's lacrosse victory action on Wednesday.

Paige Messersmith (Phoenix, Md./Dulaney) contributed four goals and two assists for the Green Terror (6-6, 2-3 CC), adding five draw controls to give her 274 in her career to pass Gettysburg's Megan Murphy, who had 272 from 2000-03, for the CC career record. Danielle Entrot (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) matched Messersmith with four goals.

Lindsey Robinson led the Bullets (11-1, 5-0 CC) with nine points on four goals and five assists.

Three Robinson goals, including back-to-back Bridget Kenny-to-Robinson connections 30 seconds apart keyed the 9-0 start over the game's first 13:43. Mandy Buell added two goals during the run.

Julia Jacobs (Stevensville, Md./St. Mary's) found Entrot with 15:02 to play to cut the deficit to 9-1 before Messersmith made it a 9-2 game on a free-position goal with 10:55 on the clock.

Katie Blumenthal and Entrot traded markers before Robinson finished from Blumenthal with 7:13 showing to make it an 11-3 game.

A Messersmith solo run and back-to-back Entrot tallies – one from Messersmith and one from Bridget Bopst (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) – cut the deficit to 11-6 with 20 seconds left but Liz Cocchiola tallied in the final 10 seconds for a 12-6 halftime lead.

Messersmith scored for Bopst 1:44 into the second half to cut the deficit back to five.

Loren Pruitt and Bailey Beardsley pushed the lead to 14-7 before Bopst scored from Entrot with 22:13 to play.

Blumenthal and Anna Molhenrich (Towson, Md./Mercy) traded goals before Beardsley and Puitt made it a 17-9 game with 12:53 on the clock.

A Messersmith solo run made it 17-10 before Kelsey Markiewicz scored from Robinson with 8:35 to play.

Messersmith played the ensuing draw control to herself to break the tie that she held with Murphy since late in the first half.

Markiewcz, Buell and Blumenthal rounded out the scoring in the final 6:50.

McDaniel returns to action at Muhlenberg on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.

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