February 26, 2014

Manilla, Gettysburg Blast Goucher

from press release

Goucher couldn't find an answer for Martin Manilla, who scored six goals and dished out six assists in the Gettsyburg triumph. (John Strohsacker)

TOWSON, Md. – Senior Martin Manilla (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) came within a point of tying a school record and the 19th-ranked Gettysburg College men's lacrosse knocked off Goucher College 17-6 Wednesday afternoon in frigid conditions and its first road game of the season.

Manilla scored a career-high six goals and handed out six assists to finish with 12 points, one shy of the school record accomplished twice by Tim DeMore '94, most recently in 1994. He tied Randy Perkins (1985) and Scott Martin (1979) for the second-highest point total in a game in school history, and he had three goals and five assists in the first half alone, when he had a hand in all but two of the Bullets' goals as they built a 10-2 lead.

It was the second year in a row that Manila turned in a big game against Goucher, as he also dished out seven assists – one shy of the school record – versus the Gophers last season.

Junior Robby Maddux (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) added two goals and three assists for the Bullets (2-0), who outscored Goucher 11-1 spanning the first and third quarters after the Gophers scored the game's first goal. Gettysburg finished with decided advantages in shots (43-18) and ground balls (44-26) while winning 22-of-26 face-offs.

Freshman Kyle Hewett (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) won his first 10 face-offs and finished 14-for-16 for the Orange and Blue while senior Wes Lincoln (McLean, Va./Landon) went 6-for-7 at the X. Sophomore Jake Adoni (Fort Washington, Pa./Germantown Academy), making his first start in goal, made six saves and yielded five goals over 54:59 of action.

Sam Morgan scored three goals to lead Goucher (0-2).

Morgan struck 2:48 into the game before the Bullets ran off three unassisted tallies. Manilla went back-to-back before sophomore Paul Werner (Westfield, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) struck with 4:00 left in the opening quarter.

Morgan stopped the bleeding when he scored with 46 seconds left to make it 3-2, but the Bullets went on to outscore the hosts 7-0 in the second quarter. Senior Henry Tesar (Lake Bluff, Ill./Avon Old Farms [Conn.]) scored unassisted before Manilla set up junior Bijan Firouzan (Pittsburgh,. Pa./Mt. Lebanon) and Maddux to make it 6-2. Manilla then scored with 11:00 left in the half before assisting on goals from junior Jimmy Morris (Waccabuc, N.Y./John Jay) and Tesar as Gettysburg's lead ballooned to 9-2. Manilla then fed Maddux with 4:20 remaining in the half on man-up tally to give the Bullets their eight-goal lead.

Manilla stayed hot in the second half, scoring 4:59 into the stanza to complete Gettysburg's decisive run. Morgan and Dylan Zook sandwiched goals around an unassisted marker by junior Steven Mahon (Setauket, N.Y./St. Anthony's), and it was a 12-4 game after three quarters of play.

Manilla had a hand in each of Gettysburg's first three goals of the fourth quarter, scoring twice and assisting Firouzan on another, to make it 15-4 with 5:43 left. After a Max Roach goal, senior Derek Ruebling (Morristown, N.J./Delbarton) added back-to-back tallies 1:49 apart before Mark McDonald set the final score with 19 seconds left.

Tesar, Firouzan, and Ruebling all finished with two goals while freshman Thomas McBride (Baltimore, Md./Gilman School) came on to play the final 5:01 in goal, finishing with one save and one goal allowed.

The Bullets return home on Saturday, when they host fourth-ranked Salisbury University in another non-conference outing.

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