(Gettysburg, Pa.) – The Dickinson women's lacrosse team turned in an outstanding performance in the Centennial Conference semifinals, rallying to take top-seed and #3-ranked Gettysburg all the way to wire.
The Red Devils tallied four unanswered goals to cut the deficit to just two in the final four minutes, but the Bullets were able to hold on in a 15-13 thriller.
Prior to Saturday's match-up, the Bullets had not allowed more than eight goals in a game all season. Dickinson reached that mark, just two over weeks ago as Gettysburg slipped away 9-8 in a regular season showdown on the very same field.
Remarkably, the Red Devils netted three goals in under a minute, all short-handed after a second yellow card issued to sophomore Sam Marmo (Upper Saddle River, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) came at the 4:02 mark of the second half.
The Devils did not flinch, rallying around Marmo as senior Maddy Siebold (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) took charge, claiming three straight draws down the stretch to give Dickinson possession as they looked to pull level in the final minutes.
The Bullets jumped out to a 3-0 lead before sophomore Anne Dunster (Cos Cobb, Conn./Greenwich) tallied the 100th point of her career in just her 36th game as a Red Devil. Dunster finished an assist from Marmo to cut the deficit to one before Gettysburg stretched the margin to 9-2, with 3:39 remaining in the first half.
Sophomore Eleanor Kaestner (Glydon, Md./Franklin) converted a free position to make the score 9-3, at the break.
Marmo sparked the Devils to open the second half, looking to reach the century mark as well, going on a 3-1 run to pull Dickinson within four at the 26:27 mark. Marmo raised her career-point mark to 97, combining with Dunster for a remarkable 198 points in their first 36 games together.
Siebold found the net twice to keep the Bullets within striking distance at 13-8, with just under 14 minutes to play in regulation.
The Bullets led, 15-9, with 5:30 on the clock, but the Red Devils were far from done for the day. Siebold triggered the final run, drawing and converting a free position, less than a minute later.
Siebold would swipe the next three draws and feed Kaestner as Dickinson struck three times in a span of 59 seconds, despite playing man-down during that stretch.
Maddie Parker (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) sandwiched a pair of scores around Kaestner's goal as she recorded a hat-trick in the final nine minutes of the game.
The Bullets were finally able to gain possession on the draw and were able to run out the clock, despite some tense moments caused by the tenacious defense of Dickinson.
Siebold controlled 12 draws to match the Bullets as Dickinson held the edge, 18-12, for the game. She became just the second player in program history to record over 200 in her career. She will graduate with 168 points behind 132 goals, 105 ground balls and 217 draws.
Senior Molli Haimerl (Old Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) anchored a great defensive effort and reached triple-digits in ground balls with 111, also forcing 45 turnovers in her career.
Senior Tara Cuddihy (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) turned in another strong performance in the nets, making five saves and controlling three ground balls. She was the third senior to reach the century mark for GBs with a 121, adding 65 caused turnovers as well, a program-best for goaltenders.
The Red Devils finish the season 10-8 overall, facing eight nationally-ranked opponents on the season. They advanced to the conference semifinals for the second straight season. Gettysburg will face the winner of Saturday's second semifinal between Franklin & Marshall and Muhlenberg.