Gettysburg vs. Haverford
March 19, 2011
The Game Story:
GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Senior Danno Lynch scored a season-high four goals and handed out one assist as 18th-ranked Gettysburg outscored No. 7 Haverford College 6-1 in the fourth quarter en route to a 10-4 victory in the Centennial Conference men’s lacrosse opener for both teams Saturday afternoon at a sunny, windy Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium.

The Bullets (5-3, 1-0 CC) never trailed after scoring the game’s first three goals. It was just a 4-3 game heading into the fourth quarter before Gettysburg ripped off three goals in a 2:43 span to open up some breathing room.

The game marked a rematch of the last two Centennial Conference championship games, with Haverford winning last year’s tilt 11-8.

Senior J.C. Ward added two goals and two assists for Gettysburg while classmate Chris Cahill posted two goals and one assist. Sophomore J.T. McCook stopped 13 shots as the Bullets held an eighth straight opponent to a single-digit goal total. It was also the third time this season that Gettysburg limited an opponent to four goals or less.

Senior Max Hjelm led Haverford (5-2, 0-1 CC) with two goals as the Black Squirrels saw their five-game winning streak come to an end. Junior Joe Banno also had 13 saves.

For the second game in a row, the Bullets raced to a 3-0 lead. Ward set up Lynch on the game’s first two goals, which came 1:56 apart midway through the opening quarter. Lynch’s second tally came in a man-up opportunity and made it 2-0 at the end of the first period.

Ward scored just over two minutes into the second quarter to five Gettysburg its three-goal advantage before Haverford went to work, scoring twice inside the final 1:26 of the half to make it a 3-2 game at the intermission. Jason Leeds then scored 1:39 into the second half to knot the score at 3-3.

Cahill put the Bullets in front to stay with 5:44 remaining in the third quarter, taking a feed from senior defenseman Tommy Barnett in transition and blasting in a straightaway shot to make it 4-3. Cahill fired in an unassisted tally with 13:57 left in the game before the Bullets struck again on the break, this time with Lynch bouncing in a shot off a feed from senior long pole Chris Fumai to make it 6-3 with 12:28 showing.

Junior Pat Sartory got into the act just over a minute later, scoring off a Cahill assist as the Bullets’ lead ballooned to 7-3. Hjelm’s second goal pulled the Black Squirrels to within 7-4 with 8:20 left, but eight seconds later freshman Henry Tesar picked an opportune time to score his first collegiate goal. On the ensuing face-off, a loose ball rolled deep into Haverford territory, where Tesar snatched it up and buried a shot from five yards out to make it 8-4 with 8:12 to go. Lynch tacked on his final goal with 5:20 on the clock before Ward set the final score on a Lynch assist with 4:05 left.

Gettysburg held a 33-26 edge in shots and a 37-28 advantage in ground balls. There were just a combined four penalties called for the game.