Cortland State vs. Gettysburg
March 14, 2004
The Game Story:
CORTLAND, N.Y. - Evan Gallant (Luterville, MD/Loyola Blakefield) took a cross-field pass from Jake Van Nostrand (Baldwin, NY/Baldwin) and slipped it into the back of the net just 15 seconds into overtime, lifting eighth-ranked Gettysburg to a 12-11 victory over No. 3 SUNY Cortland in non-conference men's lacrosse action on Sunday.

Gallant's goal, his second of the game, helped the Bullets (2-0) withstand a furious Red Dragon rally that saw the hosts erase an 8-5 deficit with six fourth-quarter goals, including the game-tying tally by Mike Felice with 14.8 seconds left in regulation.

Van Nostrand posted a game-high seven points on three goals and four assists for Gettysburg, which improved to 5-0 all-time against Cortland. Chase Stewart (Downingtown, PA/Downingtown) added two goals and one assist. Felice led the Red Dragons (1-1) with three goals and an assist. Adam Hughes and Kyle Lambert added three points each. After Felice tied the game in the waning moments of the fourth quarter, the Bullets cashed in a late Red Dragon penalty to pull out the win. Gettysburg won possession after Felice's goal and Cortland was whistled for an illegal check to the head with 3.1 seconds left. The Bullets held possession until the final buzzer and subsequently opened the extra session with the ball.

Van Nostrand drifted just outside the crease on the right side and sent a high cross-field pass to Gallant, who rocketed the winning shot behind Red Dragon keeper Ben Gaebel. After a slow start by both teams, Drew Hyatt got the hosts on the board with 4:52 remaining in the opening stanza for a 1-0 lead. Seven Gettysburg goals in the second quarter gave the Bullets a 7-4 edge at the intermission. John O'Bannon (Marshall, VA/Highland School) scored his lone goal of the game wide open from the right side just 1 minute, 13 seconds into the second frame to tie the game at 1-all. Blake Gale gave Cortland its final lead of the game, scoring unassisted from the top of the arc.

Matt Smith (Lansdale, PA/Germantown Academy) netted his first collegiate goal and the first of five straight Gettysburg markers that gave the visitors a 6-2 edge. Van Nostrand had three of his four assists and his first goal in that stretch.

Hughes took a pass from Hyatt and scored on a bounce shot to pull the Red Dragons within 6-3 with 5:33 remaining before the intermission. Seventeen seconds later Felice cut the Bullet lead to two. Matt Twombly (New Canaan, CT/New Canaan) set the halftime margin on a wide-open goal with 4:20 showing in the second. After a goal each in the third, Cortland scored three of the first four goals in the fourth quarter to pull within one at 9-8. In that stretch, Lambert converted two man-up opportunities. Van Nostrand stretched the lead back to two, taking a pass low from Brian Pryor (Dallas, TX/St. Mark's) and finding the lower right corner of the cage with 5:57 to play.

With 5:16 showing, Felice tallied unassisted before Andrew Roth took a pass from Felice to convert the Red Dragons' final man-advantage goal at the 4:24 mark. Within a minute, Jay Mayes (Pikesville, MD/McDonogh) slashed through the defense and scored off a pass from Stewart to give the Bullets an 11-10 lead with 3:25 to go.

Felice forced the extra period with his goal in the final seconds, before Gallant's heroics gave Gettysburg the victory.

Eight different Bullets found the cage in Sunday's win, and nine tallied at least one point. Freshman net-minder Pat Vaughan (Cockeysville, MD/Loyola) improved his collegiate mark to 2-0, making 14 saves in the contest.

Gaebel made 11 stops between the pipes for Cortland. Gettysburg returns to action on Wednesday at home against Wooster. Game time is 3 p.m.