Gettysburg vs. Dickinson
March 25, 2009
The Game Story:
GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Junior Joe Brody (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) and sophomore Andrew Ryan (Palm Beach, Fla./Westminster School [Conn.]) scored three goals apiece and No. 16 Gettysburg outshot Dickinson 41-21 en route to an 11-5 Centennial Conference men’s lacrosse victory Wednesday afternoon at Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium.

Gettysburg (5-3, 2-1 CC), which won its third straight game and improved to 4-0 at home, never trailed after senior Tom O'Donnell (Montgomeryville, Pa./La Salle College), who had one goal and two assists, scored 1:09 into the contest.

Senior Zach Furshman (Miami, Fla./Kent School [Conn.]) made eight saves for the Bullets and has now held his opponents to single-digit goal totals in the last five games. He also provided one of the top plays of the game when he assisted on a long pass on Gettysburg’s final goal of the first half.

Freshman Sam Greenburg scored all but one of Dickinson’s goals, finishing with four tallies. Between the pipes, senior Russell Matthews had an outstanding game, stopping 21 shots.

Brody, who is now two goals shy of 100 for his career, posted his highest scoring output since his four-goal performance in the team’s season-opener against Hampden-Sydney. Ryan’s three goals were a career-high.

After O’Donnell’s early score, the Red Devils (4-4, 0-2 CC) tied it up on a Ward Gruppo goal with 11:38 showing in the opening quarter. But with senior Tim Stanton (Phoenix, Md./Loyola Blakefield) winning five of the first six face-offs for the Bullets, Gettysburg rattled off a 4-0 run, kicked off by a Brody goal in transition just 10 seconds after Gruppo’s shot.

Sophomore Danno Lynch (Medfield, Mass./Avon Old Farms [Conn.]), Ryan, and Brody all scored for the Bullets over the next 3:42, pushing the hosts’ advantage to 5-1 with 7:12 left.

The Red Devils got back in it with a 3-0 spurt, as Greenburg scored three straight goals to make it a 5-4 game with 9:01 to go in the opening half. However, the Bullets thwarted the comeback, scoring twice late in the period.

Ryan struck with 2:11 left before Gettysburg came up with a stellar play at the end of the half. With the clock winding under 20 seconds, senior defenseman Yanni Peary (South Portland, Maine/Cape Elizabeth) forced a turnover, and junior Tim Kurpis (Yorktown, N.Y./Yorktown) came up with the ground ball. Kurpis passed it to Furshman, who, standing in front of the goal, sent a line-drive pass into Gettysburg’s offensive end. Freshman Tyler Feeley (West Friendship, Md./McDonogh School) accepted the offering in stride before wheeling around and scoring his first collegiate goal on a shot from 10 yards out, making it 7-4 at the half.

The Bullets tacked on three more goals to open the second half, with junior Kyle McGrath (Randolph, N.J./Randolph), Brody, and senior Drew Duckworth (Rye, N.Y./Hotchkiss School [Conn.]) all finding paydirt to increase Gettysburg’s lead to 10-4 with 5:29 to go in the third quarter.

Greenburg scored Dickinson’s last goal with 1:46 left in the third quarter, and Ryan set the final score with 6:48 remaining.

The Bullets won 13-of-20 face-offs for the game and were a perfect 18-for-18 on clear attempts.