Basso knocks out the OT winner when the Bullets reach Sweet 16 | Sports

Typically, when Gettysburg College enters the second round of the NCAA Division III women’s lacrosse tournament, Bullets Steamroll, which team would have won the first round the day before.

Roanoke College had other ideas.

Maroons pushed Orange & Blue to the brink of relegation, putting them in a four-goal hole in the third quarter before Gettysburg dug out of it, forced overtime, and then advanced when sophomore Jordan Basso scored a pass from Jenna King with 2:40 left in the first overtime to raise the Bullets to a 9-8 win at Clark Field on Sunday afternoon.

“We knew it was a strong team and that it was going to be a tough game,” said Gettysburg head coach Carol Cantele. “They’re the dominant team in the draw, and that’s what happened. Today we had to play a lot in defense. “

Roanoke (16-5) had a 15-7 advantage in control of the draw, and the Maroons punched their ticket on Sunday, defeating Brina Athena, 23-4, on Saturday in Gettysburg.

Gettysburg (17-3) trailed 7-3 early in the third quarter after Emerson Foster of Roanoke tickled the twine for 84 seconds in the second half without assistance.

It took a while for “Bullets” to respond, but junior Katie Fullowen was one of 5:45 in the frame. Three minutes later Bassa scored, and Kelly O’Connor of Fullowen’s pass made it 7-6 with a score of 1:43 to play in the penalty area.

“We just focus on ourselves. Not our opponent, not a number and not a watch. We just focus on playing our game, ”Basso said. “We came back earlier in the games this season and today we didn’t panic.”

Sydney Harrison counted 75 ticks in the fourth quarter pushed the visitors ’lead to 8-6, but Gettysburg’s defense stopped for the rest of the way.

Caroline Sullivan cut the deficit in half with a score of 7:54 to go into regulation, and then O’Connor, from an assist from King, scored 8-8 on a 4:53 mark.

“Today we had to be effective in the attack, and it was because we didn’t have much of a chance,” Cantele said. “But our girls are resilient, and despite the fact that they were sometimes defeated, they worked hard to get the swords that ended up on the ground.”

The first three minutes of overtime without points led to a pause in the game, and the teams changed the ends of the field.

Gettysburg sophomore Regan Reitmeier gained control of the draw after a restart, and the ball ended up in King’s stick behind the Maroon net, where she found Basso to the right of the goalkeeper. Bass came closer and went low with his throw to beat Roanoke setmaster Kylie Chickering and became the winner of the game.

“My defender tried to jump over the pass and it left a big gap I could jump into,” Basso said. “I knew where their goalkeeper was weak, and hit the low middle.”

Cantelle added, “Jordan kept telling us where we needed to attack their guardian, and she followed her advice.”

Fullowen scored the first goal of the match from a goal assist by Maddie Seibel at 13:03 in the starting frame, and Fullowen seemed to double the advantage in just a few seconds. However, the goal was rejected.

Roanoke responded by throwing the next five goals into the net, and in the middle of the second quarter was 5-1.

Halftime score was 6-3.

Fullowen played the Bullets with four points (2 g, 2 a) and Basso had a hat-trick. Bass is now leading in Fullowen when the team leads in goals scored this season, 57-55. Both players have scored at least one point in all 20 matches of the team this season.

Foster was Roanoke’s leader with a hat trick.

Gettysburg moves to Sweet 16, where he will meet Dennis University on Saturday. In another Saturday match from the University of Washington and Lee against Wesleyan College, also at the same venue, the winners will meet for the right to reach the semi-finals of the national team next Sunday at 1 p.m.

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