By Brody Tennant, Staff Writer
Two weeks ago, the Gettysburg College Men’s Lacrosse team turned in its largest victory over Haverford College in 17 years, winning 21-5. Sophomore Jack Fletcher and junior Brian Kolen combined for a total of 17 points.
Kolen had four goals and four assists, tying his personal best for points. Fletcher outdid him by one point, scoring three goals and six assists, both personal bests for him. Seniors Blake Gray, Jack Harvey, and first-year Elon Tuckman each scored two goals.
The Bullets defense was also stellar during the game. The team caused 19 turnovers and five failed clears. Sophomore Andrew Horn caused three turnovers and junior Christian Atalese posted two turnovers and five ground balls. Junior Mitch Wykoff tracked down eight ground balls, putting him at sixth on the all-time list, with 214. First-year goalie Scott Macmillan had 13 saves in 53 minutes of play.
After going into halftime up 11-1, the Bullets quickly began to pull away. After the third quarter, the Bullets went on a 7-0 run to finish out the game up by 17 points. Gettysburg led in shots, ground balls, and face-off wins.
Despite two big Centennial Conference wins, the Bullets dropped one spot to ninth in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Coaches poll. Salisbury University took the top spot, earning all 22 first-place votes. Rochester Institute of Technology and York (Pa) College took the second and third place spots, while Tufts University jumped up two spots to fourth. Wesleyan University, Amherst College, and Cabrini College took the three remaining spots above Gettysburg.
In the most recent and final Coaches poll of the regular season, Gettysburg retained their ninth-place spot. The five teams in front of Gettysburg all kept their same spots, while the top three shuffled up. RIT took over the number one spot in the country, with York and Salisbury taking the next two spots, respectively.
The Bullets final game of the regular season is this Saturday, April 27 at home against Washington College. The Bullets entered this week tied for first in the Centennial College with Franklin & Marshall College, both teams owning a 5-1 conference record.