Gettysburg vs. Hampden-sydney
March 20, 2004
The Game Story:
GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Pat Vaughan (Cockeysville, MD/Loyola) made 16 saves and Kevin Smith (Baltimore, MD/McDonogh) collected a career-high four points as fourth-ranked Gettysburg defeated No. 8 Hampden-Sydney 10-8 in non-conference men's lacrosse action on Saturday.

Vaughan recorded 10 of his stops in a highlight-reel first half, helping the Bullets (3-0) build an 8-1 second-quarter lead en route to a win in their first meeting with the Tigers (4-2) since 1999. Smith, who scored twice and dished out two assists, had a hand in both of Gettysburg's crucial third-quarter goals to keep the visitors at arms length down the stretch.

Jake Van Nostrand (Baldwin, NY/Baldwin) and Chase Stewart (Downingtown, PA/Downingtown) added two goals apiece in the win. Van Nostrand also picked up an assist to move into a tie for ninth on the program's all-time career points list (170).

Sean McChesney netted a pair of goals for Hampden-Sydney while Thomas Jennings and Michael Via each chipped in with a goal and an assist. Taking advantage of eight Tiger turnovers - among them six failed clearing attempts - the Bullets threatened to run away with the game in the opening half.

Hampden-Sydney's Chris Schaaf scored inside of the first five minutes to give his team a 1-0 lead, but Gettysburg rattled off eight straight goals in a span of 15 minutes, 34 seconds, starting with Stewart's rip off an Evan Gallant (Lutherville, MD/Loyola) feed at 7:33. Matt Twombly (New Canaan, CT/New Canaan) finished a slashing half-field solo run at 5:43 of the first to put the Bullets ahead to stay. Van Nostrand scored off a feed from Smith at 3:40 and Gallant netted a spectacular spinning goal off a cross-zone feed from Jay Mayes (Pikesville, MD/McDonogh) with 3.1 seconds left in the quarter. The Gettysburg barrage continued unabated through the opening minutes of the second. Van Nostrand, Brian Ford (Niskayuna, NY/Niskayuna) and Smith scored goals in a span of 56 seconds to make it 7-1. Alec Knight (Baltimore, MD/Calvert Hall) capped the burst off a feed from Van Nostrand with 6:59 left until halftime. Via started the Tigers' long climb back with an unassisted goal just 31 seconds after Knight's marker. Tom FitzGerald finished a solo move at 4:33 to make it 8-3 at the break.

Jennings pulled Hampden-Sydney within 8-4 less than two minutes into the third quarter, and Vince Smith and Matt Fasnacht scored goals within a span of 83 seconds to make it 9-6. Stewart gave the Bullets' crucial breathing room, however, by finished a feed from Kevin Smith with 28.7 seconds left in the quarter. McChesney scored 39 seconds into the final period and converted Hampden-Sydney's lone man-up goal with 7:56 remaining to cut the deficit to 10-8.

Vaughan and the Gettysburg defense, however, kept the Tigers off the board the rest of the way. The freshman net-minder made four fourth-quarter stops while Ben Roberts (Longmeadow, MA/Westminster) and Matt Smith (Lansdale, PA/Germantown Acad.) registered key takeaways to seal the win, the Bullets' first in their last three meetings with Hampden-Sydney.

Gettysburg's Campbell Henry (Chapel Hill, NC/Episcopal [VA]) battled Tiger preseason All-American Ryan Fassnacht to a virtual deadlock at the face-off "X", winning 11 of 22 draws.

Hampden-Sydney finished 1-of-5 on extra-man opportunities. The Bullets' man-up unit didn't see the field on Saturday, but Gettysburg did convert a pair of goals in delayed penalty situations.

The Bullets return to action on Wednesday at home against second-ranked Middlebury. Game time is 3:30 p.m.