Men’s lacrosse beats previously-undefeated Eastern

Image courtesy of David Sinclair

Image courtesy of David Sinclair

Courtesy of GCC&M

First-year Jameson Smith scored the game-winning goal off an assist from First-year Tim Murphy with 2:01 left in overtime and the 10th-ranked 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 scored six goals, tying his career high. He also set career-bests in points and ground balls.

Smith finished with two goals and two assists while Junior Martin Manilla notched two goals and one assist. Sophomore Jack Harvazinski added one goal and one helper for Gettysburg, which had an assist on nine of its 12 goals.

Senior long-stick midfielder Ian Casella  turned in a big defensive performance, posting seven ground balls and four caused turnovers. Senior goalie J.T. McCook made eight saves while Senior Nick Avedisian 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 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.

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 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.

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