May 3, 2009

Gettysburg Wins Centennial...Again

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HAVERFORD, Pa. - Gettysburg used an 8-0 run spanning the second through the fourth quarters to run away with its sixth straight conference title, as the sixth-ranked and second-seeded Bullets topped eighth-ranked and top-seeded Haverford College 12-5 in the Centennial Conference championship game Sunday afternoon at a rain-soaked Swan Field.

The win was the 11th in a row for Gettysburg (13-3), which tied its longest winning streak since 2002 and received an automatic bid in the NCAA Division III Championships. The field will be announced Sunday evening between 10 and 11 p.m. on CBS College Sports Network. Haverford (13-3), which was making its first appearance in the Centennial Conference championship game, will await a likely at-large bid.

Bullets head coach Hank Janczyk moved into second on the all-time NCAA men's lacrosse coaching victories list (all divisions) with the victory, his 327th. He passed Jack Emmer, who coached Cortland, Washington & Lee, and Army from 1970-2005. Janczyk, who has recorded all but 45 of his wins at Gettysburg (33 at Salisbury, 12 at Colgate), now trails only current Salisbury coach Jim Berkman, who was won 336 games.

Gettysburg has now won 13 of 16 Centennial Conference titles since the inception of the conference in 1994 and eight of nine CC tournament titles.

Junior Josh Reichert (Englewood, Colo./Kent School) scored Gettysburg's first three goals, lifting the Bullets to a 3-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, and tied his career-high with four tallies. Senior Zach Pucci (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) added two goals and three assists while junior Joe Brody (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) handed out four assists. Senior Tim Stanton (Phoenix, Md./Loyola Blakefield) won 11-of-15 face-offs while classmate Zach Furshman (Miami, Fla./Kent School]) finished with six saves.

Brian Fleishhacker led Haverford with three goals and one assist while Max Hjelm added one goal and three assists.

The Fords held the Bullets to four goals the time the two teams met, but Gettysburg nearly equaled that total in the first quarter alone. The Bullets controlled the game early, winning the first two face-offs and out-shooting Haverford 6-1 to start the game. Reichert scored his first goal two minutes in, going low on a feed from Pucci in transition.

Four minutes later, Reichert was left open on the right wing and accepted a pass from sophomore Chris Cahill (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) before finding paydirt again, making it 2-0 with 9:03 on the clock.

Reichert notched his fourth hat trick of the season two and a half minutes later, scoring in transition on another Pucci assist to give Gettysburg its 3-0 first-quarter lead.

Haverford broke nearly a 20-minute scoring drought to start the game when Fleishhacker took a pass from Hjelm inside the circle to score with 10:05 left in the opening half. Fleishhacker and Hjelm connected two more times in the next four minutes, with Hjelm scoring at the 8:30 mark and Fleishhacker posting his second goal with 7:57 left to pull the Fords even.

The last five minutes of the half belonged to the Bullets, who answered with a 3-0 run of their own to end the stanza. Senior Tom O'Donnell (Montgomeryville, Pa./La Salle College) got it started when he bounced in a shot from the top with 5:02 left before Pucci went top shelf with 2:06 to go, with Brody assisting on his second straight goal.

Pucci's third assist set up the Bullets final goal of the period, finding Reichert wide-open in front of the net. Reichert's fourth goal with 1:15 left put Gettysburg up 6-3 at the half.

The Bullets blanked the Fords in the third quarter, scoring the only two goals of the period. Junior Kyle McGrath (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) scored on a wraparound just 46 seconds into the half, and classmate Patrick Koehl (Shamong, N.J./St. Joseph's Prep [Pa.]) ripped in a straightaway shot from 10 yards out to make it 10-3.

Gettysburg put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter, scoring three more times over the opening 4:20. Pucci notched his second goal 2:20 in before senior Rob Triplett (McLean, Va./McLean) got into the act, rifling in a shot from the left wing off a Brody assist. Sophomore Andrew Ryan (Palm Beach, Fla./Westminster School [Conn.]) capped Gettysburg's 8-0 run when he sent home a shot from 15 yards away, making it 11-3 with 10:40 left.

The Fords scored twice on goals from Jason Leeds and Fleishhacker before sophomore Danno Lynch (Medfield, Mass./Avon Old Farms [Conn.]) provided the finishing touches, scoring with 48 seconds left to set the final score.

The Bullets finished with slim edges in shots (30-28) and ground balls (24-23) while winning 12-of-21 face-offs.

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