March 11, 2009

No. 11 Bullets Snap Skid Versus OWU

from staff reports

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Gettysburg ended the game on a 6-1 run and the No. 11 Bullets snapped a two-game losing streak with a solid 11-6 non-conference victory over Ohio Wesleyan University in non-conference men's lacrosse action Wednesday afternoon at a sunny and wind-swept Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium.

The Bullets (2-2) controlled the ball for much of the game and held substantial advantages in shots (43-21) and ground balls (42-28).

Junior Josh Reichert (Englewood, Colo./Kent School) led Gettysburg with his second hat trick of the season, tying a career-high with three goals, while senior Zach Pucci (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) had two goals and one assist. Junior Kyle McGrath (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) contributed two goals, and classmate Joe Brody (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) scored one goal and dished out two assists.

Chris Ehlinger paced Ohio Wesleyan (2-3) with three goals while Kevin McMahon added a pair of tallies.

With the wind gusting close to 40 miles per hour, it was a nip-and-tuck affair in the early going, with neither team leading by more than one in the opening half. After McMahon scored less than two minutes into the contest, McGrath and sophomore Chris Cahill (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) scored back-to-back to put the Bullets up 2-1 midway through the first quarter. However, Gallagher scored his first goal with 3:13 showing, making it a 2-2 game after 15 minutes of play.

The Battling Bishops took their final lead of the day when Ehlinger struck 41 seconds into the second quarter. But Reichert answered 1:23 later when, with Gettysburg in a man-up situation, he potted his first goal of the game.

Brody tallied his only goal when he scored with 8:00 left in the opening half , but Ehlinger tied it up two minutes later, scoring his second straight marker. However, McGrath gave the Orange & Blue a 5-4 halftime lead, delivering a low runner from the right wing nine seconds before the horn.

Ohio Wesleyan pulled even to produce the fifth and final tie of the game when McMahon scored 2:10 into the second half. But junior Patrick Koehl (Shamong, N.J./St. Joseph's Prep [Pa.]) put Gettysburg on top to stay midway through the third quarter, scoring with 8:32 showing to make it 6-5.

Koehl's goal was the start of a 5-0 spurt for the Bullets, who out-shot the Bishops 15-3 in the third quarter. Pucci scored with 6:00 left in the period, then found the back of the net again with 14:17 remaining in the game.

Senior Tommy Kehoe (Coraopolis, Pa./Sewickley Academy) followed up with a dazzling series of plays, forcing a turnover near midfield, coming up with the ground ball, and racing downfield before scoring his first goal of the season to push Gettysburg's lead to four with 8:35 left. Then with 5:49 on the clock, Reichert capped the spurt to make it 10-5.

Ehlinger scored the Battling Bishops' final goal with 2:49 left, but the Bullets came right back 11 seconds later, with Reichert punching in his final tally of the afternoon.

The two teams combined to go 47-for-48 on clears, and Ohio Wesleyan was a perfect 23-for-23. Gettysburg held a slight edge in face-offs, winning 11-of-21.

Kehoe finished with a season-high six ground balls while senior Yanni Peary (South Portland, Maine/Cape Elizabeth) had a career-high five caused turnovers. Sophomore Matt Griffo (Babylon, N.Y./Babylon), who was 10-for-18 on face-offs, senior Tom O'Donnell (Montgomeryville, Pa./La Salle College), and junior Tim Kurpis (Yorktown, N.Y./Yorktown) scooped up five ground balls apiece.

Senior Zach Furshman (Miami, Fla./Kent School [Conn.]) saved nine shots to earn the win in goal for Gettysburg while Jud Hall stopped 13 shots for the Battling Bishops.


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