No. 10 Gettysburg Escapes Eastern in Overtime
from press release
ST. DAVIDS, Pa. – Freshman Jameson Smith (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) scored the game-winning goal off an assist from classmate Tim Murphy (Darien, Conn./Darien) with 2:01 left in overtime and the 10th-ranked Gettysburg College men's lacrosse team survived a furious second-half rally to beat previously-undefeated Eastern University 12-11 Friday afternoon in a non-conference tilt.
For the second year in a row against Eastern, sophomore Robby Maddux (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) scored six goals, tying his career high. He also set career-bests in points (seven) and ground balls (eight).
Smith finished with two goals and two assists while junior Martin Manilla (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) notched two goals and one assist. Sophomore Jack Harvazinski (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) added one goal and one helper for Gettysburg (4-2), which had an assist on nine of its 12 goals.
Senior long-stick midfielder Ian Casella (Washington, Mass./Avon Old Farms [Conn.]) turned in a big defensive performance, posting seven ground balls and four caused turnovers. Senior goalie J.T. McCook (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) made eight saves while classmate Nick Avedisian (Laytonsville, Md./The Bullis School) finished 11-for-24 on face-offs and picked up eight ground balls.
The Bullets have now played in three-straight one goal games, all of which have ended in a 12-11 verdict.
Eric Waibel paced Eastern (4-1) with three goals while Aaron Benz made 16 saves.
The Bullets led 10-4 early in the second half, only to see the Eagles end regulation on a 7-1 run. Eastern outscored the Gettysburg 4-0 in the fourth quarter, tying it on a Will Johnson goal with 3:56 left. The Eagles appeared to have taken the lead with 1:51 on the clock, but a goal was called off due to a crease violation.
Eastern won the overtime face-off, but sophomore Nick Alibrandi (Fort Salonga, N.Y./St. Anthony's) caused a turnover and scooped up the ground ball near midfield. Alibrandi then withstood several hard checks clearing the ball upfield, maintaining possession and allowing the Bullets to call timeout with 2:30 showing.
Twenty-nine seconds later, Murphy passed the ball down to Smith in front of the cage, who delivered a low shot from the doorstep as Gettysburg won its third straight overtime contest dating back to the 2011 season.
Robby Maddux scored six goals against Eastern for the second year in a row.
Eastern led just once on the day after scoring the game's first goal with 6:36 left in the opening quarter. The Bullets answered with three goals over the final 5:27 of the period on two goals from Maddux and one from Manilla.
Gettysburg then outscored Eastern 5-3 in the second quarter to head into the locker room leading 8-4. Maddux struck three times in the stanza while Manilla and Smith also found paydirt.
The Bullets tacked on two quick goals at the start of the second half, receiving a man-down goal from Harvazinski and a man-up tally from senior Evan Thomas (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) to assume its six-goal lead with 13:10 on the clock. The Eagles answered with three straight goals before Maddux added another man-down goal for Gettysburg with 1:42 on the clock, making it 11-7 heading into the fourth quarter.
Prior to last season's game with Eastern, no Bullet had scored six goals since 2003; since then, Maddux has achieved the feat twice while sophomore Bijan Firouzan (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) also scored six against Goucher this season.
The Bullets open their Centennial Conference schedule next Saturday, when they host Haverford College at 3 p.m.