No. 6 Bullets upend No. 11 CUA with late second half run

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Leading 10-9 with 16:13 remaining in Tuesday’s game No. 11 CUA appeared to be in solid shape, but No. 6 Gettysburg unleashed a 7-0 run that spanned 5:24 and the Bullets came away with a 16-11 win over the Cardinals.  Katie Buonpastore continued her strong play for CUA with three goals on the day.

Mary Swarthout’s goal with 16:13 to play put the Cardinals on top 10-9, giving CUA only its second lead of the entire game.  Neither team scored for the next eight minutes until Kelsey Markiewicz found the back of the net with 7:49 to play and tied things up at ten.  20 seconds later Marnie Commins gave the Bullets a one-goal lead.

From there Gettysburg scored five more times, capped off by Commins goal with 2:25 on the clock to put the Bullets in front 16-10.  Buonpastore added her fourth goal with 20 ticks to go, but by that time it was too little, too late for CUA.

Gettysburg led 3-1 with nearly seven minutes gone in the early going, with CUA’s lone score coming from Kate Robinson.  With 20:52 to go in the opening half Swarthout pulled the Cardinals within one score, but two straight goals by Hannah Church gave the Bullets a 5-2 lead with 19:55 on the clock.

CUA stormed back with three unanswered goals, including one apiece by Lindsay Davenport, Buonpastore and Robinson, and that knotted the score at five with 3:40 left in the half.

Church had the final say of the opening 30 minutes though, finding the back of the net with 2:44 on the clock to give the Bullets a 6-5 lead at intermission.

Exactly one minute into the second half Davenport tied things at six with her 21st goal of the season, but Commins came back 43 seconds later and put Gettysburg back on top by one.

With 25:47 to play Buonpastore scored on a free position shot to make it a 7-7 game, but again Commins had an answer, this one coming with 24:18 to play. 

Back-to-back goals by Robinson and Buonpastore then made it a 9-8 game in favor of the Cardinals with 20:20 on the clock, but Kelsey Markiewicz scored off a feed from Commins with 19:37 remaining and the teams were tied yet again, this time at nine.

Swarthout was then able to put CUA in front, but the Cardinals were not able to hold on and suffered their first road loss of the 2011 season.

Gettysburg was credited with 31 shots in the game, while CUA totaled 27.  Swarthout picked up a team-high three ground balls for the Cardinals and also led the team in draw controls with four and caused turnovers with two.  Gabby Sena stopped six shots in goal.

Commins and Church wound up with five goals apiece for the Bullets and Maddie Coleman sent back ten CUA shots in goal. 

On Saturday, CUA opens up a four-game homestand when the Cardinals play host to Susquehanna in a Landmark Conference contest.  Start time from inside Cardinal Stadium is slated for noon.

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