March 2, 2011

Gettysburg's Defense Too Much for Goucher

from press release

TOWSON, Md. – Gettysburg limited host Goucher College to 13 shots and the 12th-ranked Bullets held on to beat Goucher College 6-4 in non-conference men's lacrosse action Wednesday afternoon.

The Bullets (2-1) fell behind 2-0 early but outscored the Gophers 6-0 over the second and third quarters. Gettysburg has now held its three opponents to a combined 14 goals this season, with no team scoring more than seven against the Bullets thus far. Junior Billy Grayson (Washington, D.C./St. Alban School) and senior John Odierna (Oyster Bay, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) keyed the Bullet defense with three caused turnovers apiece while sophomore J.T. McCook (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep.) made six saves.

With the game tied 2-2 at halftime, juniors Pat Sartory (Ellicott City, Md./McDonogh School) and Dylan Schmitz (Providence, R.I./Moses Brown) fueled a 4-0 Bullet third quarter. Sartory had a hand in three of those goals, scoring one and assisting on two others, while Schmitz notched both of his tallies during the decisive stretch.

Rory Averett led Goucher (0-2) with three goals while Connor Mishaw made seven saves.

Senior Matt Griffo (Babylon, N.Y./Babylon) went 8-for-12 on face-offs for the Bullets.

The Gophers led 2-0 at the end of the first quarter, with Averett scoring 1:51 into the contest and Kyle Bonaco converting man-up with 7:25 on the clock.

After being outshot 8-4 in the opening 15 minutes, the Bullets flipped the switch during the decisive second and third quarters, when they held a 17-1 shot advantage. Senior J.C. Ward (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Mellville) put the Bullets on the scoreboard at the 11:49 mark of the second quarter before sophomore Bobby DeWees (Wilmington, Del./Wilmington Friends) tied the game with 8:57 left in the opening half.

Gettysburg went in front to stay when Schmitz, a transfer from Bryant University, scored his first goal as a Bullet, taking a feed from senior Chris Cahill (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) with 10:17 remaining in the third quarter.

The Bullets then put together a three-goal flurry to go up 6-2. Sartory made it a 4-2 game with 7:58 on the clock before freshman Martin Manilla (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) struck off a Sartory pass just over two minutes later. Schmitz completed the run off another Sartory assist with 3:05 remaining in the quarter as Gettysburg's lead swelled to four.

The Gophers refused to fold, however, and outshot the Bullets 4-2 in the final period. Averett scored with 7:55 left, then again with 3:39 remaining to set the final score.

Gettysburg returns to action on Saturday, when it visits second-ranked Salisbury University at 1 p.m. in a non-conference game that can be viewed on both on TV (WMAR-ABC-2, Baltimore) and online (ESPN3).

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