Men’s lacrosse tops Haverford
By Steph Karalis, Staff Writer
The Gettysburg men’s lacrosse team traveled to Swan Field Saturday to play in a Centennial Conference (CC) game against Haverford College.
The Bullets entered the game with intensity coming off a win against No. 6 Dickinson on April 12.
The game began with junior Geoff Fulgione winning the faceoff and getting possession for the Bullets from a ground ball. This allowed for sophomore Mitch Wykoff to shoot, but Haverford’s goalie, sophomore Dylan Slack, saved the shot.
Haverford kept possession of the ball and junior Patrick Girard scored the first goal of the game, his 12th of the season. The score was 1-0 with Haverford in the lead.
Sophomore Chris Vedeur was on his game causing Haverford’s Zach Cohen to turnover the ball after winning the faceoff. Gettysburg regained possession of the ball, which allowed for sophomore Jack Harvey to score Gettysburg’s first goal of the game, Harvey’s 22nd of the season.
With only 12:48 of the first quarter to go, the Fords were able to capitalize on a man-up opportunity. Haverford’s junior Isaac Krier assisted junior Patrick Girard in his first goal of the game, his 13th of the season.
Gettysburg, only down by one goal, continued to put pressure on the Fords and were able to obtain possession of the ball. Sophomore Tommy Heller was able to assist senior captain Sean Fumai on his 29th goal of the season. The game was tied 2-2 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter was full of back and forth possession from the Bullets and the Fords. It wasn’t until three minutes into the quarter that Haverford’s junior Chandler Todd was able to assist junior Stephen Deleo in the first goal of the quarter, his 14th of the season.
With 6:30 left to go in the quarter, Gettysburg called a timeout. Haverford’s junior Krier was able to get a shot on goal, but it was saved by Gettysburg’s goalie, junior Tim Brady.
After a successful clear by Brady, sophomore Jack Harvey was able to swing the ball to Heller to tie the game up. Both the Bullets and the Fords played great defense, and neither team scored for the remainder of the quarter.
The second half of the game started with a tie of 3-3. The Bullets dominated the 3rd quarter, with senior captain Reed Barbe assisting sophomore Blake Grey in the only goal of the quarter, his 24th of the season.
The final quarter started with Gettysburg in the lead 4-3. Gettysburg first-year Brian Kolen scored within the first three minutes of the quarter, his seventh goal of the season. Gettysburg held their place in the lead with the score at 5-3.
The Fords were able to score one more goal on the Bullets by sophomore Ben Frost, his 18th goal of the season, assisted by sophomore Garret Trucksess.
The final eight minutes of the game had Gettysburg fans on the edge of their seats with two shot attempts made by the Fords. Luckily, Brady was able to save both attempts, keeping men’s lacrosse on top 5-4.
The Bullets have been improving as a unit as the season has progressed. Their team cohesion has strengthened, which has kept them competitive within the Centennial Conference.
Brady was awarded defensive athlete of the week for his impressive play, which helped Gettysburg secure back-to-back victories against Dickinson and Haverford. The men’s lacrosse team is now third in the Centennial Conference.
The Bullets have 10 days off from competition before they travel to Westminster, Maryland to play another Centennial Conference game against McDaniel College before they set their sights on a post season run.