May 12, 2009

Gettysburg Set to Host Denison

from press releases

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - For the fourth year in a row, the Gettysburg College men's lacrosse team will host a NCAA Division III quarterfinal game when the fifth-ranked Bullets take on No. 14 Denison University on Wednesday.

The Bullets and Big Red will face off at 2 p.m. at Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium. The winner of the game will advance to the NCAA semifinals to play the winner of the quarterfinal between No. 1 Stevenson University and No. 2 Salisbury University. Gettysburg is seeking its third straight trip to the semifinals.

Ticket prices for Wednesday's game are $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens, and $1 for children ages 3-12. Children under 3 are admitted for free.

The Bullets and the Big Red are facing off for the 17th time, and Gettysburg holds a 13-3 lead after winning the last 12 meetings. The two sides have also met three times in the NCAA tournament and the Bullets have claimed all three decisions, including an 8-7, come-from-behind, overtime victory in last year's second round.

Gettysburg, champions of the Centennial Conference, reached today's game by virtue of their 15-10 victory over No. 6 Washington & Lee University on Saturday. The Bullets never trailed and led by as many as five before holding off a late rally that saw that Generals trim the deficit to one late in the third quarter. The win was Gettysburg's sixth straight in the NCAA second round.

For the second straight game, the Bullets received a big game from junior Josh Reichert (Englewood, Colo./Kent School) who scored a career-high five goals while taking just five shots. Reichert also notched four tallies in the Centennial Conference championship game. Junior Kyle McGrath (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) added three goals against the Generals while classmate Joe Brody (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) posted one goal and three assists.

Saturday's win improved Gettysburg to 8-0 at home this season and upped the team's home winning streak to 14, dating back to last year. The Bullets have also won their last 12 games overall, their longest winning streak since a school-record 14-gamer in 2001.

Senior Zach Pucci (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) who had one goal and two assists against Washington & Lee, leads the team in goals (31) and is tied with Brody for the team lead in points (45). Reichert has piled up 30 goals while Brody is tops among the Bullets with 29 assists.

In goal, senior Zach Furshman (Miami, Fla./Kent School [Conn.]) improved to 14-3 with Saturday's victory. He carries a 6.99 goals-against average - ninth in Division III as of the latest NCAA statistical report.

Denison advanced to the NCAA Division III quarterfinals for the first time since 2001 following its 14-7 upset of No. 3 Roanoke College on Saturday. The Big Red scored the first four goals of the game and never looked back, leading by as much as 10-2 early in the second half.

The Big Red is making its 17th appearance in the NCAA tournament and has advanced as far as the NCAA semifinals, reaching the Final Four in 1999 and 2001.

Champions of the North Coast Athletic Conference, Denison entered Saturday's game with the second-ranked defense in Division III and held Roanoke, the top-scoring team in Division III, to over 12 goals below their season average. Freshman Greg Shannon was outstanding between the pipes for Denison, stopping 14 shots.

Offensively, sophomore Emmett Jones notched four goals and one assist while junior Brady Burton also scored four goals. Senior Dan Maude added three goals off the bench while senior Nate Hall handed out two assists.

Burton has been the Big Red's leading scorer this season, piling up 50 goals, including 12 man-up tallies. Jones has contributed 39 goals while Hall has scored 19 times and dished out a team-leading 29 assists. Maude has added 29 goals and 14 assists while sophomore Tanner Smith has notched 17 goals and 26 assists.

Shannon has backstopped an outstanding defense that has yielded a double-digit goal total just once all season and has held three opponents to under three goals. The rookie was ranked third in Division III in goals-against average as of the latest NCAA statistical report and has posted a 6.19 GAA for the season.

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