March 28, 2009

Bullet Proof: Gettysburg Stops Salisbury Streak

from press release

SALISBURY, Md. - Four different players scored two goals and senior goalie Zach Furshman (Miami, Fla./Kent School [Conn.]) saved nine shots as No. 16 Gettysburg ended the second-longest winning streak in NCAA lacrosse history, defeating No. 1 Salisbury 11-10 in Sea Gull Stadium Saturday afternoon. 

Gettysburg (6-3), which won its fourth straight game since starting 2-3, received two goals apiece from senior Zach Pucci (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood), junior Kyle McGrath (Randolph, N.J./Randolph), sophomore Chris Cahill (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy), and sophomore Andrew Ryan (Palm Beach, Fla./Westminster School [Conn.]). 

The Bullets also ended two other lengthy Salisbury winning streaks. The Sea Gulls had won their previous 87 regular season games and their last 80 home contests. Salisbury had not lost at home since its 13-12 setback to Lynchburg on April 10, 2003. 

In addition, Gettysburg snapped a nine-game losing streak to Salisbury, beating the Gulls for the first time since its 7-5 win in the 2002 NCAA quarterfinals. The win was also the Bullets first over a No. 1-ranked team since its 7-6 victory over Middlebury on March 26, 2003. 

Gettysburg held Salisbury, which entered the game with the fifth-ranked scoring offense (19.7 goals per game) in Division III, to over nine goals below its season average. It was also the lowest scoring output for the Sea Gulls this season. 

"Probably more than we have in any game this season, we played with poise," said Gettysburg head coach Hank Janczyk. "When they came at us with pressure we handled it well. I also thought we played good defense and cleared well." 

"They're a great team, and you're never comfortable until the final whistle. I don't think they played their best game today, but I don't think we did either. But it's great to win a game like that." 

Mike Von Kamecke led Salisbury (10-1) with two goals and two assists while Sam Bradman added two goals and an assist. Mike Cannone and Mike Winter netted two goals apiece. 

The Bullets never trailed, although the Sea Gulls tied the game four times. Gettysburg won despite its deficits in shots (39-25), ground balls (34-27), and face-off wins (14-10). However, senior Tim Stanton (Phoenix, Md./Loyola Blakefield) was a perfect 7-for-7 on face-offs. Classmate Tommy Kehoe (Coraopolis, Pa./Sewickley Academy) picked up a team-high five ground balls while junior Tim Kurpis (Yorktown, N.Y./Yorktown) had three caused turnovers and four ground balls. 

Senior Rob Triplett (McLean, Va./McLean) handed out a pair of assists for the Bulles.

The game was eerily similar to the two meetings between the two teams last season, when Gettysburg led throughout most of each game only to see the Sea Gulls rally late. Salisbury won last year's regular season game 11-8 after trailing 8-5 late in the third quarter, and prevailed 11-10 in double overtime in the NCAA semifinals. 

Like each of the last two contests, the game spared nothing in drama. The Bullets led 11-9 with just 3:03 left after Cahill's second goal, but Salisbury received a break when Gettysburg was whistled for a tripping penalty with exactly one minute left, giving the Sea Gulls a man advantage for the final 60 seconds. Von Kamecke wasted little time taking advantage of the mistake, scoring with 43 ticks showing and making it a one-goal game. 

Salisbury was poised to make one final rush at the goal after winning the ensuing face-off, but the Sea Gulls turned it over attempting a pass. Furshman beat a player to earn a ground ball, and after a successful clear the Bullets ran out the rest of the clock. 

Senior Danny Collura (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) put the Orange & Blue on the scoreboard, potting his first goal of the season 2:41 into the contest in a man-up situation. McGrath followed up with his first goal with 10:39 left in the quarter. 

Von Kamecke put the Sea Gulls on the scoreboard 13 seconds later, but Pucci restored the Bullets two-goal advantage when he scored with 6:07 showing. Bradman made it a 3-2 game at the end of the first quarter when he struck with 2:41 on the clock. 

Salisbury pulled even 28 seconds into the second quarter on a Winter goal. However, Gettysburg answered with a pair of quick tallies, as junior Josh Reichert (Englewood, Colo./Kent School) and Cahill went back-to-back over a 1:13 span to assume a 5-3 lead with 12:31 to go in the half. 

The Sea Gulls came back with two late goals, as Erik Krum scored with 1:02 left before Kylor Berkman scored with a man advantage 32 seconds before the break to make it 5-5 at the intermission. 

Gettysburg utilized another extra-man opportunity at the start of the second half, when freshman Pat Sartory (West Friendship, Md./McDonogh School) notched his first collegiate goal at the 10:59 mark. Salisbury tied it on a Cannone goal with 6:51 showing before Ryan and Pucci scored 2:25 apart, giving the Bullets an 8-6 lead with 3:31 remaining in the third quarter. 

Salisbury had the answer once again, as Bradman and Cannone scored to tie the game for the fourth and final time with 2:06 to go, and that's what the scoreboard read heading into the final quarter. 

McGrath put Gettysburg in front to stay with 12:06 left, and Ryan added his second goal - his fifth in the last two games - with 10:35 to go, putting the Bullets up 10-8. Winter cut it to one with 7:26 remaining before Cahill's late tally. 

Gettysburg takes a week before hosting Washington (Md.) College next Saturday at 1 p.m. in a Centennial Conference game during a day-long celebration of the program's 50th anniversary. An alumni game will be held before the game, and a men's lacrosse alumni reception will take place during the evening.     

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