Strong Finish Sends Bullets Past Scranton
from press release
GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Gettysburg ended the game on a 5-0 run and the 12th-ranked Bullets defeated the University of Scranton 8-3 in the first round of the NCAA Division III men's lacrosse tournament Wednesday afternoon at a sunny Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium.
With the win, Gettysburg (12-6) advances to the second round, where it faces the winner of tonight's game between Colorado College and Roanoke College on Saturday at time and location to be decided.
Senior J.C. Ward (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) and freshman Martin Manilla (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) scored two goals apiece for the Bullets while senior Danno Lynch (Medfield, Mass./Avon Old Farms [Conn.]) added one goal and two assists, the first of which gave him 100 career points.
Sophomore J.T. McCook (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep.) finished with 12 saves for Gettysburg, which posted its second-best defensive performance in the NCAA tournament in program history. The only time the Bullets allowed fewer goals was in an 18-2 victory over Cabrini College in the second round of the 2004 playoffs. Senior defenseman John Odierna (Oyster Bay, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) tied a season-high with four ground balls, with his third putting him over 100 for his career.
Scranton (9-8), which was making its first NCAA tournament appearance in the program's 25-year history, received 14 saves from Ben Worthington while Patrick Cefalu won 10 of 15 face-offs.
The Royals scored the opening goal on a Daniel Slade tally with 5:26 left in the opening quarter, but the Bullets would not trail again after answering with a pair of goals. Manilla tied it with 1:49 remaining in the first quarter with a diving goal in front of the cage to make it 1-1 at the end of the opening period before senior Andrew Ryan (Palm Beach, Fla./Westminster School [Conn.]) put the hosts up 2-1 with his runner at the 12:25 mark of the second quarter.
The two teams then traded goals to make it a 3-2 game at the intermission. JP Barton pulled Scranton even when he converted a man-up goal with 11:48 remaining before Lynch scored the final goal of the half with 6:22 left.
Gus Sturm tied the game for the third time just over a minute into the second half, when he scored off a rebound in another man-up situation to make it 3-3. But that's when the Bullets embarked on their game-ending run, with Ward kicking it off with back-to-back tallies. He deposited a runner into the top shelf with 13:17 on the clock, then took a feed from Lynch before firing in a straightaway shot to put his team ahead 5-3 with 9:17 showing in the third quarter.
Gettysburg added a couple of insurance goals from a pair of freshmen in the fourth quarter. Henry Tesar (Lake Bluff, Ill./Avon Old Farms [Conn.]) converted an impressive turnaround shot with 10:43 left before Austin Dodson (Bethesda, Md./Landon) posted his second goal of the season off a dish from Lynch with 3:56 showing.
The Bullets outshot the Royals 31-26 while Scranton held a 25-23 edge in ground balls.