Gettysburg vs. Haverford
March 15, 2008
The Game Story:
GETTYSBURG, Pa. – In a rematch of last season’s Centennial Conference semifinal, the Gettysburg College men’s lacrosse team jumped on No. 9 Haverford with the first four goals of the game, and the No. 2-ranked Bullets established a season-high goal total in their 17-12 victory over No. 9 Haverford College in the Centennial opener for both teams Saturday afternoon at a sunny, breezy Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium.

Junior Tom O'Donnell (Montgomeryville, Pa./La Salle College) led Gettysburg (5-0, 1-0 CC) with three goals and four assists for a career-high seven points. His three goals tied a career-high, marking his second collegiate hat trick and his first since 2006. His four assists were also a career-best.

O’Donnell was one of five Bullets to post a hat trick. Senior Trip Dyer (Ocean View, Del./Worcester Prep (Md.)) added four goals and one assist while juniors Zach Pucci (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) and Drew Duckworth (Rye, N.Y./Hotchkiss School (Conn.)) posted three goals and one assist apiece. Sophomore Joe Brody (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) contributed three goals for his fifth straight hat trick to open the season while extending his scoring streak to 18 games.

Freshman Max Hjelm notched three goals and an assist for Haverford (4-1, 0-1 CC) while sophomore defenseman Grant Firestone notched two goals and two assists.

The Bullets came out of the gates smoking, scoring four times over the opening 7:23. Four different players found the back of the net during Gettysburg’s early splurge, with O’Donnell, senior Jared Harriman (Yarmouth, Maine./Yarmouth), Brody, and Dyer all getting into the act. Gettysburg out-shot Haverford 8-0 before Hjelm put the Black Squirrels on the scoreboard with the team’s first shot of the game at the 6:26 mark of the first quarter.

O’Donnell fed Brody with 3:58 left to make it 5-1, but Haverford closed the period with a pair of goals to make it 5-3 after 15 minutes of play.

The Bullets limited Haverford to three shots in the second quarter, when it outscored the Squirrels 3-1 to take an 8-4 lead into halftime intermission. Duckworth converted back-to-back goals just under nine minutes apart, and Pucci scored seven seconds before the horn.

Dyer scored twice in a minute-and-a-half span early in the third quarter to give the Bullets a 10-5 lead, but Haverford answered with a pair of goals to draw to within 10-7 with 9:08 showing. However, that’s as close as the Black Squirrels would get, as Gettysburg answered with a 3-0 run give itself some breathing room with 1:14 on the third-quarter clock. Pucci tallied a pair of goals sandwiched around a Brody score during the spurt.

Haverford cut the gap to 13-9 after scoring twice inside the final 27 seconds of the quarter, then drew to within three when Brian Fleishhacker scored on a behind-the-back shot eight seconds into the final period. It was a 14-11 game after Firestone scored with 10:02 remaining, but Gettysburg blanked the Squirrels for nearly a nine-minute stretch, scoring three goals in the meantime to make it a 17-11 game with 1:37 to go. O’Donnell scored twice while Dyer tallied his final goal of the game during the Bullets’ late run. Firestone set the final score when he scored at 1:15.

Junior Charles Floeckher (Lutherville, Md./Boys Latin School) made seven saves while improving to 5-0 in goal for Gettysburg while Jake Mendlinger stopped seven shots for Haverford.

The Bullets play their second top-10 team in as many teams when they visit No. 10 Cabrini College on Wednesday in a non-conference game starting at 4 p.m.