March 19, 2011

Bullets Flash Muscle, Upset No. 7 Haverford

from press release

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Senior Danno Lynch (Medway, Mass./Avon Old Farms [Conn.]) scored a season-high four goals and handed out one assist as 18th-ranked Gettysburg outscored No. 7 Haverford College 6-1 in the fourth quarter en route to a 10-4 victory in the Centennial Conference men's lacrosse opener for both teams Saturday afternoon at a sunny, windy Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium.

The Bullets (5-3, 1-0 CC) never trailed after scoring the game's first three goals. It was just a 4-3 game heading into the fourth quarter before Gettysburg ripped off three goals in a 2:43 span to open up some breathing room.

The game marked a rematch of the last two Centennial Conference championship games, with Haverford winning last year's tilt 11-8.

Senior J.C. Ward (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) added two goals and two assists for Gettysburg while classmate Chris Cahill (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) posted two goals and one assist. Sophomore J.T. McCook (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep.) stopped 13 shots as the Bullets held an eighth straight opponent to a single-digit goal total. It was also the third time this season that Gettysburg limited an opponent to four goals or less.

Senior Max Hjelm led Haverford (5-2, 0-1 CC) with two goals as the Black Squirrels saw their five-game winning streak come to an end. Junior Joe Banno also had 13 saves.

For the second game in a row, the Bullets raced to a 3-0 lead. Ward set up Lynch on the game's first two goals, which came 1:56 apart midway through the opening quarter. Lynch's second tally came in a man-up opportunity and made it 2-0 at the end of the first period.

Ward scored just over two minutes into the second quarter to five Gettysburg its three-goal advantage before Haverford went to work, scoring twice inside the final 1:26 of the half to make it a 3-2 game at the intermission. Jason Leeds then scored 1:39 into the second half to knot the score at 3-3.

Cahill put the Bullets in front to stay with 5:44 remaining in the third quarter, taking a feed from senior defenseman Tommy Barnett (Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick School) in transition and blasting in a straightaway shot to make it 4-3. Cahill fired in an unassisted tally with 13:57 left in the game before the Bullets struck again on the break, this time with Lynch bouncing in a shot off a feed from senior long pole Chris Fumai (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's) to make it 6-3 with 12:28 showing.

Junior Pat Sartory (Ellicott City, Md./McDonogh School) got into the act just over a minute later, scoring off a Cahill assist as the Bullets' lead ballooned to 7-3. Hjelm's second goal pulled the Black Squirrels to within 7-4 with 8:20 left, but eight seconds later freshman Henry Tesar (Lake Bluff, Ill./Avon Old Farms [Conn.]) picked an opportune time to score his first collegiate goal. On the ensuing face-off, a loose ball rolled deep into Haverford territory, where Tesar snatched it up and buried a shot from five yards out to make it 8-4 with 8:12 to go. Lynch tacked on his final goal with 5:20 on the clock before Ward set the final score on a Lynch assist with 4:05 left.

Gettysburg held a 33-26 edge in shots and a 37-28 advantage in ground balls. There were just a combined four penalties called for the game.

The Bullets take a week off before visiting Muhlenberg College next Saturday in another Centennial Conference affair beginning at 1 p.m.

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