May 9, 2012

Maddux Guides Gettysburg Past Ohio Wesleyan

from press release

– Freshman Robby Maddux scored four goals, including the first three of the game, and the Gettysburg College men's lacrosse team used a fast start to get past Ohio Wesleyan University 7-4 in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament Wednesday afternoon at Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium.

With the win, the 20th-ranked Bullets (11-6) advanced to the second round of the tournament and on Saturday will play the winner of Wednesday night's first-round game between fifth-ranked Stevenson University and Birmingham Southern College.

Junior Evan Thomas tied a career-high with three points on one goal and two assists for Gettysburg, which led 4-0 early in the second quarter, while sophomore Martin Manilla added a goal and an assist. Sophomore Derek Ruebling dished out two assists.

Defensively, junior long-stick midfielder Ian Casella had three caused turnovers while sophomore Jon Maddalone made seven saves. Junior Nick Avedisian won 7-of-13 face-offs and was 4-for-4 at the X in the decisive first quarter, in which the Bullets outshot the Battling Bishops 19-4.

Junior Pat Bassett and sophomore Spencer Schnell scored two goals apiece for Ohio Wesleyan (11-5) while Ryan McMahon made 11 saves.

The two teams were whistled for a combined 14 penalties adding up to 12:30. Gettysburg was 5-for-6 on the ride and cashed in on a season-high three of its seven extra-man opportunities.

The Bullets hounded McMahon right from the start and held an 8-1 shot advantage six minutes into the game. McMahon made six of his saves in the opening quarter, but Maddux finally broke through for the Bullets when he converted a feed from Manilla with 8:39 left.

Maddux struck just over two minutes later, this time off a dish from Thomas, then finished off a fast break with 1:44 remaining to record his fourth hat trick of the season. Senior Matt McMurray created the offense for the Bullets at the defensive end, recovering an Ohio Wesleyan turnover before racing downfield and finding Maddux as Gettysburg led 3-0 at the end of the quarter.

The Bullets capitalized on their second EMO with 13:36 left in the first half, when Manilla scored off a Ruebling pass to make it 4-0. The Bishops closed the period on a 2-1 run to close to within 5-2 at halftime, as Basset and Schnell sandwiched a pair of goals around a Bijan Firouzan tally at the 9:27 mark.

Gettysburg traded a goal with OWU in each of the final two quarters, with three of the four goals coming in man-up situations. Maddux finished off his four-goal day with 12:17 left when he scored man-up off a Thomas pass before Schnell struck again – also in an EMO – with 7:14 to go, making it 6-3 at the end of the third quarter.

Thomas got into the scoring act with 13:02 remaining when he cashed in on Ruebling's second assist of the game and the Bullets third man-up tally. Basssett set the final score with a goal at the 7:29 mark.

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