Dickinson vs. Gettysburg
April 28, 2004
The Game Story:
CARLISLE, Pa. Ô^└^Ë Chase Stewart (Downingtown, PA/Downingtown) and Evan Gallant (Lutherville, MD/Loyola) each scored a game-high three goals, helping fifth-ranked Gettysburg clinch a Centennial Conference (CC) menÔ^└^┘s lacrosse playoff berth with a 10-3 victory at Dickinson on Wednesday.

Stewart and Gallant struck for four of their six goals in the decisive first half as the Bullets (10-3, 6-1 CC) opened up a 7-0 lead and cruised to head coach Hank JanczykÔ^└^┘s 200th victory at Gettysburg. The Bullets also extended their winning streak against the Red Devils (8-5, 4-3 CC) to 29 games.

Pat Vaughan (Cockeysville, MD/Loyola) made 10 saves and Matt Stanley (Fallston, MD/Calvert Hall) forced five of DickinsonÔ^└^┘s 33 turnovers to key GettysburgÔ^└^┘s defensive effort. For the fifth time in eight CC games this season, the Bullet Ô^└^▄DÔ^└^Ţ held its opposition to fewer than five goals.

Brian Read scored a goal and added one assist for the Red Devils while goalie Tom Wilson finished with 11 saves on 41 shots.

On top of their defensive game from the opening face-off, Gettysburg kicked in the offense with a scoring burst in each of the first two quarters.

Following nine scoreless minutes, Matt Twombly (New Canaan, CT/New Canaan) started the visitorsÔ^└^┘ game-opening 7-0 run with two goals in a span of 27 seconds. The senior midfielder drifted right of the cage before ripping a shot past Wilson at the 6:00 mark, then repeated the feat from the left side to give the Bullets a 2-0 lead.

Vaughan maintained the two-goal advantage with a kick save on Ed Boyd and Gallant made it 3-0 seconds later off a feed from Jake Van Nostrand (Baldwin, NY/Baldwin) with 1:49 left in the quarter.

Stewart, GettysburgÔ^└^┘s goal-scoring leader, finished a curling run to the left of Wilson to open the second-quarter scoring, then tucked a drive inside the right pipe to make it 5-0. GallantÔ^└^┘s extra-man one-timer pushed the lead to 6-0 and John OÔ^└^┘Bannon (Marshall, VA/Highland School) unleashed an unassisted goal to cap the run with 6:20 left in the half.

In addition to five first-half saves by Vaughan, the Bullet defense was on display in the persons of Stanley and fellow close defenseman Ben Roberts (Longmeadow, MA/Westminster), who caused seven of DickinsonÔ^└^┘s 18 first-half turnovers.

The Red Devils showed signs of life late in the first half. Read put Dickinson on the board at the 5:19 mark, then set up Flynn Burch with four seconds remaining in the half to cut the deficit to 7-2. Taylor Hare one-timed a pass from Boyd past Vaughan from close range to make it 7-3 midway through the third quarter, but the Red Devils wouldnÔ^└^┘t score again.

Stewart answered HareÔ^└^┘s goal 66 seconds later to re-start the Gettysburg attack and Jon Sowanick (Bethesda, MD/Bullis) scored on a long-range bounce shot to push the lead to 9-3. Gallant netted the only goal of the fourth quarter, scooping up the rebound of WilsonÔ^└^┘s save on Jay Mayes (Pikesville, MD/McDonogh) and putting it home with 14:25 left.

Van Nostrand finished with three assists on the day, breaking a tie for fourth-place on the programÔ^└^┘s all-time career points list (203). The senior reached the 200-mark with a seven-point outing on Saturday.

Eight of GallantÔ^└^┘s 13 goals this season have come in the last three games.

Janczyk, a two-time Division III Coach of the Year selection, improved to 245-91 in 22 years of coaching, including a 200-57 mark in 17 seasons with the Bullets.

Gettysburg returns to the CC playoffs for the fourth straight season in search of the programÔ^└^┘s eighth CC championship. The conference semifinals will be held on Friday, May 7 at Washington (Md.) with opponent and time to be determined.

The Bullets wrap up their regular season on Saturday at Franklin & Marshall. Game time is 1 p.m.