Dickinson vs. Gettysburg
March 24, 2010
The Game Story:
CARLISLE, Pa. – Senior Kyle McGrath (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) tied a career-high with five goals and handed out one assist as the top-ranked Gettysburg College men’s lacrosse team defeated previously unbeaten and eighth-ranked Dickinson College 11-5 in a Centennial Conference match-up Wednesday afternoon at Biddle Field.

With the win, Gettysburg (9-0, 3-0 CC) is off to its best start in program history.

Dickinson (8-1, 1-1 CC) trailed 8-5 with 6:37 left before the Bullets put the game away with a game-ending 3-0 run. It was the second time in three games that Gettysburg used a big fourth quarter to beat a nationally-ranked opponent, as the Bullets scored the final four goals in their 12-9 win at then-No. 19 Cabrini a week ago.

Junior Danno Lynch (Medfield, Mass./Avon Old Farms [Conn.]) added two goals for the Bullets while senior Joe Brody (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) contributed one goal and two assists. Brody’s two helpers gave him 65 for his career, moving him into eighth all-time in school history. He is now ranked among Gettysburg’s top-10 in career points, goals, and assists.

Sophomore John LeClerc (Acton, Mass./Tilton School [Conn.]) made seven saves for Gettysburg, which was outshot 33-28 by Dickinson (8-1, 1-1 CC).

The Red Devils were led by Oliver Thompson, who scored three goals. Goalie Tyler Magann finished with seven saves.

Thompson made it a three-goal game with 6:37 left before a driving goal from McGrath 34 seconds later pushed the Bullets lead to 9-5. Junior Chris Cahill (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) then scored off the face-off with 5:51 to go, and McGrath settled the verdict with an empty-net goal with 18 seconds showing.

The Bullets never trailed after J.C. Ward (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) struck with 6:45 left in the opening quarter, rolling to his right before burying a shot from five yards out. Dickinson tied it up on Thompson’s first goal with 3:22 to go in the period before Lynch put the Bullets up 2-1 with 42 seconds remaining, charging down the lane before depositing his 20th goal of the season.

Dickinson forged its second tie of the game when Sam Abramson converted an extra-man opportunity with 8:08 left in the opening half, taking a pass from Chris Dodson and throwing in a point-blank shot to make it 2-2. But McGrath answered with back-to-back goals to put his team up 4-2 at the half.

With 6:43 on the clock, McGrath freed himself with a swim move before sending in a left-handed shot from 15 yards out. Then with 1:37 to go, he took a feed from Brody and delivered a bouncer from the left wing.

The Devils pulled to within one after another Abramson goal one minute into the second half, but the Bullets opened up some breathing room by closing the quarter on a 3-0 run.

Brody sparked the Gettysburg spurt, first scoring at the 6:16 mark before assisting senior Josh Reichert (Englewood, Colo./Kent School), who blasted home a shot from the right with 3:45 left in the quarter. Less than a minute later, Lynch took a centering pass from McGrath and drilled in a straightaway shot from 20 yards out to make it 7-3 heading into the final stanza.

Thompson cut it to three with a wraparound goal with 11:35 left in the game, but McGrath answered for the Bullets, slashing down the right lane with 8:15 to go before Thompson’s final tally.

Gettysburg plays its fifth ranked opponent in its last seven games when it hosts No. 3 Salisbury University on Saturday at 1 p.m.