Bullets hold onto No. 9 Division III ranking: Men’s lacrosse takes down Centennial Conference foe Swarthmore College 14-4

By Stephanie Karalis, Staff Writer

 

First-year Ryan Kelly and the rest of the Bullets took down Swarthmore College 14-4.

First-year Ryan Kelly and the rest of the Bullets took down Swarthmore College 14-4.

Despite the fidgeted weather and postponement to Sunday, 190 fans collected to Shirk Field at the Musselman Stadium to watch the men’s lacrosse game against Swarthmore College. Finishing with a score of 14-4, the Bullets walked away with a decisive win.

The first quarter of the game started with two of the three goals made by first-year Blake Gray assisted by senior Paul Warner and junior Captain Reed Barbe, with a goal by Ivan Morris made in between.

With only five minutes remaining in the quarter, Gettysburg’s Warner fed Smith the ball scoring off the man-up. The first quarter ended with a goal made by senior captain Mike Distler, ending the quarter 5-0.

The second quarter opened with Smith dishing the ball to Barbe, who scored another man-up goal. Within sixteen seconds, Barbe assisted Gray in his third goal of the game and Gettysburg was now winning 7-0.

Smith passed to Werner, with 5:42 left in the first half, who scored his first goal of the game and sixteenth of the season.

The Bullets continued their scoring streaking. With only five seconds left in the second quarter, Barbe dished the ball to Smith for the final goal of the half, leaving the Bullets shutting out Swarthmore 9-0.

It wasn’t until the second half, when sophomore Nathan Relich scored the Garnet’s first goal, followed by two more goals scored by sophomore Cam Marsh, did Swarthmore finally show up on the score board.

Luckily for the Bullets, Swarthmore’s first-year Christian Vik lost possession as Barbe swiftly picked up the ground ball, which led to an unassisted goal by Junior Ivan Morris, his second goal of the game.

The Bullets finished the third quarter with two more goals made by Junior Brendan Hathaway, his first of the season, and Barbe, his second of the game.

The fourth quarter, consisted of Swarthmore’s last goal made by Nathan Relich and two more goals made by Gettysburg’s Smith and sophomore Patrick Decker.

The men’s lacrosse team held their ninth-ranked position defeating Swarthmore 14-4.

Senior Jameson Smith led the offense against Swarthmore with three goals and assists, while junior captain Reed Barbe obtained a career high of two goals and three assists. First-year Blake Grey contributed by obtaining a hat trick, his third-straight hat trick of the season, while Junior Ivan Morris scored two goals.

The prevalent strength of the Bullets offense was aided by sophomore goalie Tim Brady, who has held the last three opponents to a total of ten points, and made seven saves against Swarthmore.

The men’s victory against Swarthmore shows great promise for future games. The Bullets have now had two weeks of strong half-time leads, 9-0 against Swarthmore and 11-1 against Muhlenberg, making evident the strength of the offense.

The Bullet’s next matchup will be a home game this Saturday, April 16 against Ursinus at 5:00 p.m.

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