April 2, 2011

No. 20 Gettysburg Squeezes by Swarthmore

from press release

– Gettysburg jumped out to a 3-0 lead, then held off a Swarthmore rally as the 20th-ranked Bullets defeated host Swarthmore College 9-7 in a Centennial Conference men's lacrosse game on Saturday.

Senior Andrew Ryan (Palm Beach, Fla./Westminster School [Conn.]) tied a career-high with three goals for the Bullets (6-4, 2-1 CC) while junior Pat Sartory (Ellicott City, Md./McDonogh School) scored two goals and handed out one assist. Junior Tyler Feeley (Phoenix, Md./St. Paul's School) added a pair of goals, and senior J.C. Ward (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) handed out a career-high four assists. Senior Chris Cahill (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) posted one goal and three assists and moved to within three points of 100 for his career.

Sophomore J.T. McCook (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep.) started in goal for Gettysburg and made eight saves over the opening 34:38 while yielding five goals. Junior John LeClerc (Acton, Mass./Tilton School) played the final 25:22 and stopped seven shots while letting in two goals.

Swarthmore (3-6, 1-2 CC) received two goals each from Jonathan Molloy and Steve Selverian.

Feeley, sophomore defenseman Matt Canter (Potomac, Md./Thomas S. Wootton), and Sartory all scored in the first quarter to make it 3-0 after 15 minutes of play. But the Garnet rattled off three unanswered goals in the second period to pull even. However, the Bullets answered with another 3-0 run, getting a pair of Ryan tallies sandwiched around another Sartory goal as the visitors took a 6-3 lead into the intermission.

The Garnet pulled to within one on three occasions in the second half, including 4:38 into the stanza, when Swarthmore scored the first two goals of the half to make it 6-5 before LeClerc entered the game. The two teams then traded goals twice, with Ryan and Cahill giving Gettysburg a two-goal lead with 5:33 left in the third quarter and with 11:21 remaining in the fourth quarter, respectively.

Selverian made it an 8-7 game when he scored with 6:05 to go. Swarthmore took one potential game-tying shot, but it sailed wide, and Sartory put the game away when he struck on a man-up opportunity with 2:16 left.

Swarthmore held advantages in shots (35-29) and ground balls (29-22). Jonathan Cohen made nine saves for the Garnet.

The Bullets return to action on Wednesday, when they host 11th-ranked Dickinson College at 4 p.m.

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