Gettysburg vs. Franklin And Marshall
April 28, 2007
The Game Story:
GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Freshman attackman Joe Brody (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) scored four goals for the third straight game, and junior attackman Trip Dyer (Ocean View, Del./Worcester Prep [Md.]) tied his career high with six points to lead No. 2 Gettysburg to a 14-5 win against Franklin & Marshall in Centennial Conference (CC) action at Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Dyer tallied four goals and a pair of assists.

Gettysburg (12-2, 7-1 CC) senior goalie Pat Vaughan (Cockeysville, Md./Loyola Blakefield) made eight saves in the game and improved to 58-12 in his career. His first stop of the game broke a tie with Doug Master for third place on the Gettysburg career saves list, and his second save moved him into fourth place on the CC career chart. He now needs just 13 saves to become the second-leading stopper in Bullet history. He also had three ground balls and two caused turnovers on the day.

Franklin & Marshall (6-7, 3-5 CC) got two goals each from senior attackman Cyrus Adams and sophomore attackman Mark Hild. Senior midfielder Kevin Kohl added a goal and an assist in the final game of his collegiate career.

The Bullets scored the game’s first five goals and led 7-2 at the half. Senior midfielder Andrew Mavraganis (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) opened the scoring just 45 seconds into the game. He got the ball about 10 yards out directly in front of the crease, rolled to his right and fired a shot just inside the far post.

Senior midfielder Tom O'Donnell (Lansdale, Pa./La Salle College) tallied the next strike, after running about as far as one player can to score a goal. He hauled in a pass on the left sideline, 10 yards short of midfield. He brought it over the center line to complete the clear and cut diagonally across the field until his was about 15 yards out, flattened his approach and went past the crease to the right before circling back to nailing a point-blank goal. Brody then converted a feed from Dyer in transition at the 2:07 mark of the first quarter.

Dyer scored two unassisted markers in a little more than three minutes midway through the second. Hild broke up the 5-0 Bullet run with 6:41 remaining in the first half, though. He had the ball behind the cage and rolled out around the left post with two Bullet defenders in tow and got off a shot to beat Vaughan.

Just under two minutes later, junior midfielder Ben Sufrin (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) scored the game winner with an assist going to Mavraganis. Brody would score again in the first half before the Diplomats scored twice spanning the halves to cut the deficit to 7-3. Gettysburg erupted for the next five goals to put the game away.

The Bullets dominated possession in the first half, in large part due to senior midfielder Jimmy Gates (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) who was 7-for-11 on faceoffs before halftime. He finished the day 15-of-22 with 11 ground balls.

Gettysburg will return to action on Friday in the semifinals of the 2007 Centennial Conference Men’s Lacrosse Championships. For the fifth time in the seven-year history of the conference tournament, the Bullets are the top seed and will take on fourth-seeded Haverford in one semifinal. No. 18 Dickinson, the second seed, will play No. 17 Washington (Md.) in the other semifinal with the winners to square off in Sunday’s championship game.