GARDEN CITY, N.Y.—Down 3-0 to start its NCAA Division III Tournament semifinal against fourth-ranked SUNY Cortland, Gettysburg College rattled off five-straight goals and never relinquished the lead en route to a 13-11 victory at Motamed Field on the campus of Adelphi University.
No. 7 Gettysburg (18-4) advances to the national title game for the first time in 2006 and will face 11th-ranked Bowdoin College (18-3), which defeated top-ranked College of New Jersey 12-9 in Saturday's first semifinal. The championship game is set for 3 p.m. on Sunday at Motamed Field.
Cortland (21-1) got off to a quick start with three goals in the game's first four minutes, but Gettysburg erased the deficit in a hurry with back-to-back goals by Robinson setting the score at 3-3 at 19:32. Church added a free-position goal to give the Bullets the lead and freshman Loren Pruitt (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) added a tally off a feed from Robinson to set the score at 5-3 at 13:55 in the first half.
The Red Dragons cut the deficit to one (6-5), before Church tossed in her playoff record-breaking goal at 3:52. Robinson added another tally before Cortland closed the half with a score to pull to 8-6.
After trading goals to start the final period, Markiewicz took matters into her own hands with a pair of free-position goals to give Gettysburg its largest lead of the game at 11-7 with 17:25 to play. The freshman followed up a Dragon goal with her fourth tally of the period to make it 12-8 with 13:18 to play.
Cortland was down, but certainly not out, netting three of the next four goals to pull to 13-11 with just over seven minutes to play. Gettysburg won the next draw control, but the Red Dragons made the stop as Shauna Hutchinson put the clamp on Church's free-position shot.
Junior Maddie Coleman (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County), who made 11 saves in the game, came up with her biggest stop in crunch time. Facing a free-position attempt by Lindsay Abbott, the Bullets' junior keeper stonewalled the shot and Gettysburg came up with the ground ball with 4:30 left in the game. Gettysburg successfully cleared the ball up the field and avoided the Dragon pressure to close the game.