March 18, 2009

Not Done Yet: Gettysburg Sinks Cabrini

from press releases

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Sophomore midfielder Danno Lynch (Medfield, Mass./Avon Old Farms [Conn.]) made the most of his first collegiate start, scoring three goals and handing out one assist as No. 18 Gettysburg topped No. 8 Cabrini College 12-8 in non-conference men's lacrosse action Wednesday afternoon at a sunny Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium.

Gettysburg (3-3) never trailed after striking with the game's first three goals over the opening 2:55, with Lynch scoring the Bullets second and third tallies. The Orange & Blue led 9-3 at halftime and 12-5 with 11:20 left before Cabrini (4-2) scored the last three goals.

The Bullets, who improved to 3-0 at home this season, out-shot the Cavaliers 28-16 in the pivotal first half and finished with a 36-31 shot advantage.

Cabrini, which entered the game with the 11th-ranked scoring offense (14.8 goals per game) in Division III, was held to over six goals below their season average.

Junior Joe Brody (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) and sophomore Andrew Ryan (Palm Beach, Fla./Westminster School [Conn.]) added two goals apiece for Gettysburg. Sophomore Paul Skulski led Cabrini with three goals while junior Casey Grugan posted two goals and two assists.

Senior Zach Furshman (Miami, Fla./Kent School [Conn.]) made a season-high 13 saves for the Bullets. Senior Bobby Chambers stopped 11 shots while playing the final 57:05 in goal for Cabrini. Senior Kevin Chenoweth started and gave up Gettysburg's first three goals.

Senior Tom O'Donnell (Montgomeryville, Pa./La Salle College) put the Bullets on the scoreboard, striking 59 seconds into the contest before Lynch scored twice over a 1:03 span. But after making their goalie change the Cavaliers settled down and cut the deficit to 3-2 after goals from Christian Burrows and Paul Skulski.

Ryan gave the Bullets a 4-2 lead to end of the first quarter when he scored with 53 seconds on the clock.

The Cavaliers drew to within one again after Scott Reimer scored 54 seconds into the second quarter, but that's when Gettysburg ran off a decisive 5-0 run to end the period. The Bullets received goals from five different players over the stretch, with junior Patrick Koehl (Shamong, N.J./St. Joseph's Prep [Pa.]), Lynch, Brody, senior Zach Pucci (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood), and senior Tim Stanton (Phoenix, Md./Loyola Blakefield) finding the back of the net to give Gettysburg its 9-3 halftime advantage.

After Grugan scored midway through the third quarter, junior Josh Reichert (Englewood, Colo./Kent School) scored the Bullets lone goal of the stanza, converting a man-up tally with 2:17 on the clock to make it 10-4 after 45 minutes of play.

Skulski made it a 10-5 game when he scored 51 seconds into the fourth quarter, but Ryan and Brody scored back-to-back 2:10 apart to up Gettysburg's lead to 12-5 with 11:20 to go. The Cavaliers rallied in the final 6:17, with Grugan, Skulski, and Matt Conaway scoring once each, but it was too little too late.

Cabrini, which was 18th in Division III in face-off percentage (64.0 percent) entering the contest, won 15-of-23 draws. 


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