March 26, 2011

Final Frame Magic Helps Muhlenberg Spring Upset Against No. 11 Gettysburg

from press release

– Muhlenberg College outscored Gettysburg 4-1 in the fourth quarter and the Mules upset the 11th-ranked Bullets 11-10 in Centennial Conference men's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon.

Corey Aferiat scored the go-ahead goal with 6:34 left, then added an insurance tally 2:24 later for Muhlenberg (3-4, 1-1 CC), which defeated Gettysburg for the first time in 15 all-time match-ups. Alex Ardolino led the Mules – the first team to reach double figures in scoring against the Bullets this season – with four goals.

Senior J.C. Ward (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) scored a career-high four goals and tied a career-best with five points for Gettysburg (5-4, 1-1 CC) while classmate Danno Lynch (Medfield, Mass./Avon Old Farms [Conn.]) added three goals and one assist. Junior Pat Sartory (Ellicott City, Md./McDonogh School) scored two goals while senior Andrew Ryan (Palm Beach, Fla./Westminster School [Conn.]) notched one goal and one assist.

Neither team led by more than two goals in a nip-and-tuck affair that saw the Bullets outshoot the Mules 37-28. Gettysburg led 4-2 at the end of the first quarter and 5-3 with 11:00 left in the opening half before Muhlenberg closed the period on a 4-1 run, capped by a Brent Siebold tally three second before the horn that gave the hosts a 7-6 halftime advantage.

The Bullets ran off three unanswered goals in the third quarter to go ahead 9-7 heading into the final stanza. The Mules still trailed by two with less than 10 minutes left before catching fire, running off four consecutive goals over a 5:47 stretch. Ardolino and Clint Watkins sparked the run with back-to-back tallies, tying the game 9-9 with 6:43 remaining. The Mules then won the ensuing face-off and scored nine seconds later on Aferiat's game-winner. Aferiat struck again with 4:10 left to push Muhlenberg's lead to 11-9.

The Bullets cut it to one on Ward's final goal with 2:22 left, and Gettysburg had four potential game-tying shots the rest of the way. But goalie Mike Horowitz made three of his nine saves in the final two minutes, including one on a Sartory shot with two seconds left.

Sophomore J.T. McCook (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep.) finished with 10 saves for the Bullets.

Gettysburg picks up its schedule next Saturday, when it visits Swarthmore College at 3 p.m. in another Centennial Conference showdown.

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