#6 Bullets Best #10 Spartans on a Windy Wednesday

GETTYSBURG, PA - The Gettysburg College Bullets downed the York College Spartans 10-4 in a battle of nationally ranked squads on a frigid Wednesday afternoon in Gettysburg.

The sixth ranked Bullets improve to 6-1 overall while the tenth-ranked Spartans fall to 6-3. All three of the Spartan losses have come to teams inside the top six in the country.

The Green and White opened the scoring with an Erica Mulford (Crownsville, Md./Seton Keough) goal just over four minutes into the game. The Bullets answered with goals from Loren Pruitt and Kelsey Markiewicz as they took a 2-1 lead with 19:19 left in the opening half.

Mulford tallied the next two goals to give the Spartans a 3-2 lead with 13:30 remaining on the clock. Mulford scored a free position shot and then notched an unassisted goal to give York their second, and final, lead of the game.

Pruitt then took control of the game for the Bullets as she went on a three-goal spurt to close out the first half. Pruitt scored her goals at 9:35, 6:03, and 4:12 to give the Bullets a 5-3 lead at the intermission.

Markiewicz opened the second half scoring with a free position goal as the Bullets pushed the lead to 6-3.

Junior Sarah Castle (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) pulled the Spartans to within two on a goal off a Kerri Nicolich (Islip, N.Y./Islip) assist with 20:34 left in regulation but that would be as close as York would get. The Bullets ended the game with four straight goals to seal the win.

Pruitt led the Bullets with four goals while Bridget Kenny and Markiewicz each added four points on three goals and an assist. Christina Wright pulled in a match-high four ground balls while Emily Tropsa led the Bullets with three draw controls.

Mulford led York with three goals as she converted 2-of-3 free position attempts. Castle added York's other goal. Sophomore Megan Strauch (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) led York with three draw controls and three ground balls. Nicolich added an assist, a pair of draw controls, a pair of caused turnovers and a ground ball.

The Bullets outshot the Spartans 25-19 including 12-4 in the second half. The Bullets held a slight 13-11 margin in ground balls while the Spartans won 9-of-16 draw controls in the loss.

Shannon Keeler earned the win for the Bullets as she registered 10 saves in her 60 minutes of work. Ashley Smith (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson) went the distance for York as she made seven saves in the setback.

York returns to action on Saturday when they travel to Marymount University for a Capital Athletic Conference contest. Game time in Arlington is set for 1:00 pm.

Erica Mulford photo courtesy of Joe Rodgers