Schroeder Makes 16 Saves, No. 19 Mustangs Fall to No. 1 Gettysburg, 11-4
CLERMONT, Fla. - Stevenson women's lacrosse senior Jenny Schroeder (Severna Park, Md./Seton Keough) totaled 16 saves, but Gettysburg scored five consecutive goals over the final 13-plus minutes as the No. 1-ranked Bullets posted an 11-4 victory over the 19th-ranked Mustangs Monday at the National Training Center.
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Stevenson (3-2) who was 0-for-12 on free positions, including 0-for-10 in the second half.
Schroeder's 16 saves were one shy of her career-high set twice during her four seasons with the Mustangs. The last time was on Apr. 9, 2011 versus Roanoke and the first came back on Mar. 12, 2009 against Dickinson.
Gettysburg's Maddie Coleman also had 16 saves to set a new career-high as she totaled eight in each half.
Stevenson outshot the defending national champions 21-18 in the second half, but the Bullets (3-0) made the most of their opportunities, scoring three on free position shots.
Gettysburg jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the game's first nine minutes before taking a 5-2 lead into halftime. Loren Pruitt scored two of her four goals in the opening half while Kelsey Markiewicz and Hannah Church each had one of their three.
Senior Kelly Lekas (Timonium, Md./Dulaney) opened the second half scoring before senior Emily Gartrell (Jarretsville, Md./North Harford) added her second of the game with just over 16 minutes remaining to pull the Mustangs within two, 6-4.
However, Markiewicz and Pruitt each scored two of the Bullets' final five goals in the last 13:31 to keep the team unbeaten and extend its winning streak to eight dating back to last season.
For Gartrell, it was her fifth multi-goal game in as many this season and the 10th of her Mustang career. Sophomore Marissa Meiklejohn (Severn, Md./Old Mill) also totaled two points with one goal and one assist.
Gartrell also had five ground balls and three caused turnovers while junior Olivia Baker (Perry Hall, Md./Catholic) finished with five ground balls, three draw controls and three caused turnovers.
Stevenson opens its final season in the Capital Athletic Conference on Saturday when it travels to Arlington, Virginia to take on Marymount (Va.) beginning at noon.