COLLEGEVILLE, PA. - The Ursinus College women's lacrosse team was not able to overcome a slow start and fell to the sixth-ranked Gettysburg College 23-7 from Patterson Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Bullets jumped out to an early 5-1 lead and never looked back as they will host the Centennial Conference Championship after locking up the number one seed with the victory.
Gettysburg jumped out an early 1-0 lead after Gabi Connor scored the first goal of the game at the 13:38 mark. Ursinus quickly answered with a goal from Mary Michaud just two minutes later to tie the game at one a piece. The Bears had a chance to take the lead just minutes later after a free position opportunity from Rachel Doubet hit the pipe at the 10:22 mark. The Bullets regained the lead with 9:34 remaining in the period, after they capitalized on a free position opportunity from Connor for her second goal of the game. Gettysburg closed out the period on a 3-0 run after goals from Connor and Jordan Basso gave them a 5-1 advantage heading into the second period.
After winning the opening draw control, senior Reilly Morgan found Doubet crashing towards the net, and she snuck her shot past the Bullets goalkeeper to make the score 5-2. Gettysburg netted back-to-back goals over the next two minutes to make the score 7-2, but the Bears answered once again with a goal from Reilly Morgan at the 10:42 mark. The Bullets offense started to warm up as they closed the final ten minutes of the period on an 8-0 run and led 15-3 at halftime.
The Bullets opened the third period with back-to-back goals from Regan Rightmire before the Bears could answer back with Morgan's second goal of the contest. In the final period, first-year Maeve Leonzi scored back-to-back goals over a two-minute time span for her 42nd goal on the season. Next, senior Tori Rubin scored from a free position shot for her first goal of the gamewith 8:38 to play. Gettysburg closed out the game on a 3-0 run for a final score of 23-7.
Junior goalkeeper Alexa Machado earned six saves in the contest and now sits at 312 career saves for the Bears. Meanwhile, four different goalies saw time in net for Gettysburg, but Gill Cortese earned the win in net after tallying one save.
The Bullets outshot the Bears by a score of 36-22 and held a slight 18-12 advantage in ground balls.
With the loss, the Bears finished their 2022 season 7-10 overall and 2-7 in Centennial Conference action. Meanwhile, the Bullets improved to 14-3 on the season and a perfect 8-0 in conference play.