Gettysburg vs. Cabrini
March 16, 2011
The Game Story:
GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Senior J.C. Ward scored the game-winning goal with 3:20 left in the second overtime and No. 18 Gettysburg pulled out a 9-8 victory over 15th-ranked Cabrini College Wednesday afternoon in a non-conference men’s lacrosse tilt at Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium.

The Bullets (4-3) trailed just once on the afternoon after jumping to a 3-0 first-quarter lead, but the rest of the game featured five ties.

Ward finished with two goals and one assist to lead a balanced Gettysburg offensive effort. Senior Danno Lynch and junior Pat Sartory added two goals apiece while senior Chris Cahill contributed one goal and one assist.

Gettysburg’s defense held an opponent to a single-digit goal total for the seventh straight game to start the season. Sophomore J.T. McCook finished with a career-high 14 saves for the Bullets, who killed six of their seven penalties.

Jeff Crosby scored three goals to lead Cabrini (2-3), and he forced overtime when he scored with 1:38 left in regulation. Bobby Thorp tacked on two goals while Paul Skulski dished out a pair of assists.

After freshman Wes Lincoln won the face-off to start the second OT, the Bullets called timeout with 3:29 left. Nine seconds later, Ward drove hard down the right side of the field before letting it rip from 10 yards out to give Gettysburg its first overtime victory since an 8-7 win over Denison University in the quarterfinals of the 2008 NCAA Division III tournament.

Lincoln took the Bullets face-offs starting in the second half and finished 8-for-14. Overall, the teams split their 22 face-offs.

Gettysburg broke open a scoreless game with 4:48 left in the opening quarter when Lynch scored his first goal. Ward set up a Sartory tally with 1:58 to go, then scored himself with 29 ticks showing to give the Bullets their 3-0 first-quarter lead.

Cabrini came back with three unanswered goals in the second quarter to make it a 3-3 game at the half, with Crosby sandwiching a pair of goals around a Thorp marker.

The Bullets reclaimed the lead in the third quarter, when senior Andrew Ryan and Cahill scored early in the period to make it 5-3. But the Cavaliers answered again, this time on goals from Matt Biegel and Thorp, to tie it 5-5 and set up a thrilling fourth quarter.

Sartory rifled a shot into the upper-right corner off a Cahill feed to put the Bullets up 6-5, but Cabrini took its first lead of the game after a Brian Hill goal and a Joe Hughes tally in transition with 4:42 left. But Gettysburg cashed in for its second man-up goal of the game when Lynch accepted a Tyler Feeley pass from up top and scored in front to tie it 7-7 with 2:53 on the clock.

Freshman Martin Manilla gave the Bullets back the lead with 1:44 remaining, scooping up a loose ball in front of the cage and burying a shot to make it 8-7. But on the ensuing face-off, Mike Gurenlian won it, picked up the ground ball, and hit Crosby in transition for his game-tying goal.

Gettysburg plays its third ranked opponent is as many games on Saturday, when it hosts seventh-ranked Haverford College at 1 p.m. in its Centennial Conference (CC) opener and a rematch of last season’s CC championship game.