May 1, 2009

Bullets Rally Past WAC: Squirrels Await

from press releases

HAVERFORD, Pa. - Danno Lynch scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal with just over four minutes to play in the game to lift sixth-ranked Gettysburg to a 9-8 win over Washington College in a Centennial Conference Men's Lacrosse Semifinal this afternoon at Haverford College. The Bullets improved to 12-3 and advance to Sunday's Centennial Conference Championship game with the win, while the Shoremen finished their season at 9-7.

The Bullets scored three of the game's first four goals to take a 3-1 lead on a goal by Joe Brody off an assist from Josh Reichert with 2:31 left in the first quarter. The Shoremen responded by scoring five unanswered goals, beginning the run with a goal by senior attackman Jimmy Kielek (Baltimore, MD/Archbishop Curley) off an assist from senior midfielder
Casey O'Connor (Crownsville, MD/Archbishop Spalding) with 58 seconds to play in the opening period.

Washington scored the first four goals of the second quarter to open up a 6-3 advantage. O'Connor scored an extra-man goal off an assist from freshman attackman Dominic Serio (Finksburg, MD/Mount St. Joseph) with 9:43 on the clock and Kielek fed sophomore attackman Josh Perlow (Owings Mills, MD/Boys Latin) for a goal with 8:12 to play to give the Shoremen
the lead. O'Connor made it 5-3 with a goal at 6:06 and junior attackman Brendan O'Leary (Annapolis, MD/Broadneck) followed with a goal off an assist from sophomore attackman Shane Kaski (Richmond, VA/Midlothian) with 5:09 left.

The Bullets cut the lead to 6-4 before halftime when Kyle McGrath scored off a Tom O'Donnell assist with 3:46 remaining before the break to begin a five-goal run for Gettysburg.

Gettysburg got back to within one goal as Chris Cahill fired in a goal with 9:08 remaining in the third quarter to make the score 6-5 in favor of Washington. The Bullets knotted the score at six goals a piece when McGrath scored off an assist from John Odierna with 4:10 to play in the third. O'Donnell put the Bullets back in front with a goal off an assist from Patrick Koehl with 2:41 remaining in the third.

The Bullets finished their five-goal run when Cahill scored with 47 seconds left in the third to make it 8-6, but Washington senior midfielder Thayer Damm (Huntingdon Valley, PA/LaSalle) won the ensuing face-off, scooped up the ground ball,
and scored with 41 seconds left to cut the margin to 8-7.

The Shoremen evened the score at 8-8 when senior midfielder Matt Moreton (Darnestown, MD/Northwest) fired in a goal with 12:04 left. Lynch scored his game-winner when he scooped up a loose ball following a save and fired it in with 4:05 to go in the game.

Washington sophomore midfielder Doug Herdegen (Baltimore, MD/Archbishop Curley) took the Shoremen's final shot with 52 seconds left, but Gettysburg goalie Zach Fursham made the save and cleared the ball all the way up field to behind the Washington goal before the Bullets called timeout with 36.5 seconds left on the clock. The Shoremen got the ball back with 8.8 seconds to go and senior midfielder Kyle van Oostendorp (Redding, CT/Joel Barlow) fired a shot from 40 yards out with two seconds left that deflected off a Gettysburg defender and went just wide of the goal as time expired.

McGrath led all scorers with three goals for the Bullets, while Cahill added two goals and Koehl and O'Donnell each had a goal and an assist. O'Connor paced the Shoremen with two goals and an assist, while Kielek had a goal and an assist for Washington. Fursham and Washington senior goalie Gordon Cohen (New Canaan, CT/New Canaan) each made 10 saves in the game.

Gettysburg held a 38-33 advantage in shots and a 23-18 edge in ground balls in the game.

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