Gettysburg vs. Dickinson
March 28, 2007
The Game Story:
GETTYSBURG, Pa. – No. 5 Gettysburg jumped out to a 4-0 lead early in the second quarter and held on for an 11-8 victory against No. 20 Dickinson in Centennial Conference (CC) action at Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. The Bullets have won three in a row for the second time this season, and they have now defeated Dickinson 33 straight times in the all-time series.

Bullet (6-1, 2-1 CC) freshman attackman Joe Brody (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) matched his career high with four points on two goals and two assists. Junior attackman Trip Dyer (Ocean View, Del./Worcester Prep [Md.]) and sophomore attackman Rob Triplett (McLean, Va./McLean) added two goal apiece. Triplett’s two-goal day matched his career best.

Senior goalie Pat Vaughan (Cockeysville, Md./Loyola Blakefield) made five stops to earn the win. In doing so, he passed Andrew Barter for fourth on the Gettysburg career list with 644 saves. His performance on Wednesday also moved him from eighth place into a tie for fifth on the Centennial Conference career list with McDaniel’s Brian Nottingham.

For the Red Devils (5-3, 1-1 CC) senior attackman Drew Peace led all scorers with three goals. Classmate Brian Mohler tied for the game high with four points on two goals and two assists. Senior goalie Kevin Riley stopped 14 shots on the afternoon.

Gettysburg dominated possession in the first quarter. Senior midfielder Jimmy Gates (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) got the early edge on Dickinson senior Bernie Nolan in a matchup of the CC’s best faceoff men, winning 3-of-4 in the quarter. He would take 13-of-22 on the day.

The Bullets started the scoring with just 3:27 gone. Brody was behind the net and found sophomore attackman Drew Duckworth (Rye, N.Y./Hotchkiss School [Conn.]) crossing from left to right in front of the goal. Duckworth caught the pass in front of him and whipped the ball behind his head for a spectacular opening strike. Less than six minutes later, Gettysburg had a 3-0 lead with junior midfielder Ben Sufrin (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) and Dyer adding goals. Brody got his second assist on Sufrin’s goal.

Gettysburg’s first man-up situation carried over into the second quarter after a late-period penalty on the Red Devils in the first. At the 4:18 mark, Triplett converted a pass right in front from sophomore attackman Zach Pucci (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) for the man-up goal.

It appeared the Bullets were beginning to take control of the game, but Triplett’s goal began what would prove to be a wild second quarter.

Peace scored Dickinson’s first goal just 52 seconds later, but Gettysburg answered immediately off the next faceoff. Sophomore midfielder Tommy Kehoe (Coraopolis, Pa./Sewickley Academy) picked up the ground ball and sprinted in, firing a point-blank shot to put the lead back to five. Only 19 seconds later, Triplett scored his second goal of the game to give Gettysburg its biggest lead of the day at 6-1 with 12:41 to play before halftime.

The Red Devils then broke loose for four of the next five goals before the break. Brody scored for the Bullets, but their lead was just 7-5 going into the locker room.

Senior midfielder Ed Lawless had scored the final goal of the first half for Dickinson with an assist going to Mohler, and that pair would connect again at the 13:48 mark of the third quarter. That strike pulled the visitors within one at 7-6, but that would be all the closer they would get.

Gettysburg reeled off the next three goals spanning the third and fourth quarters. With 8:47 to go in the third, Dyer made a nice move to elude a defender about 15 yards out to Riley’s left. He then sneaked a laser beam just inside the far post for the game winner. Senior captain Greg Montgomery (Asheville, N.C./St. Andrew’s School [Del.]) scored on freshman midfielder Kyle McGrath’s (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) second assist of the day just 1:23 into the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 10-6.

Mohler scored twice in the fourth quarter to pull Dickinson within striking distance at 10-8 with 6:56 to play, but one minute later, Brody sank the dagger. He got control of the ball behind the net and charged to the front to convert a turnaround shot.

Gettysburg will now turn its attention to Saturday’s showdown against No. 1 Salisbury, a team that has won 79 of its last 80 games. The opening faceoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Sea Gull Stadium.