Gettysburg vs. Haverford
April 24, 2004
The Game Story:
GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Jake Van Nostrand (Baldwin, NY/Baldwin) tallied the 200th point of his collegiate career and Chase Stewart (Downingtown, PA/Downingtown) collected a career-high nine points as Gettysburg unleashed its highest scoring output in two years to defeat Haverford 19-6 in Centennial Conference (CC) men's lacrosse action on Saturday.

Van Nostrand matched his career high of seven points with three goals and four assists, vaulting from seventh into a fourth-place tie on the program's all-time points list. The senior became the fifth Bullet to reach the 200-point mark.

Stewart staked Gettysburg (9-3, 5-1 CC) to a 4-2 first-quarter lead with three of his five goals, then had a hand in five goals during a 13-2 Bullet run across the second and third quarters that left no doubt. The sophomore's final finish of the day, with 2:26 left in the third quarter, came off the assist that stood as Van Nostrand's 200th point. Stewart's previous career game was an eight-point outing against Swarthmore on Mar. 27.

Fellow attackman Evan Gallant (Lutherville, MD/Cockeysville) also got into the act with a hat trick and two assists, giving him nine points in his past two games. Seniors Matt Twombly (New Canaan, CT/New Canaan) and John O'Bannon (Marshall, VA/Highland School) added two goals apiece in their final regular-season home game. Ben Reed and Max Tcheyan each scored twice for Haverford (7-5, 2-5 CC) while midfielder Eric Seideman, who entered the week as the CC's leading goal scorer, was held to one assist. Mike Fischette chipped in with a goal and an assist.

With the Stewart, Van Nostrand and Gallant leading the way, the Bullets used their best offensive day since 2002 to move a step closer to the CC playoffs. Reed's first goal gave the Fords their only lead of the game at 2-1 with 5:49 left in the first quarter before Gettysburg got rolling.

Stewart scored off a Gallant feed moments later to knot the game at 2, then put the Bullets ahead to stay off a Twombly assist with 2:26 left in the quarter. Stewart fed a cutting Gallant at the 1:21 mark to make it 4-2 after one quarter.

Reed pulled Haverford within 4-3 to open the second period, but Van Nostrand started his run to 200 by setting up Twombly at 10:45 to restore Gettysburg's two-goal lead. Bullet midfielder Kevin Smith (Baltimore, MD/McDonogh) and Fischette traded goals for a 6-4 margin before the home squad erupted.

Twombly lasered a shot under the cross bar with 2:31 left in the half and O'Bannon tucked a shot into the upper right corner at 1:20 to make it 8-4, both from the left side of the cage. Following another of Campbell Henry's (Chapel Hill, NC/Episcopal [VA]) 17 face-off wins, O'Bannon set up Sean McTernan (Cordlandt Manor, NY/Hendrick Hudson) on Gettysburg's next possession. Van Nostrand netted the Bullets' 10th goal of the day with 9.3 seconds left, a play Gallant made possible by diving to stop the ball from going across the end line seconds earlier.

The Gettysburg barrage continued after halftime. Van Nostrand collected his third, fourth and fifth points in a span of 3 minutes, 9 seconds to extend the lead to 14-4. He then set up Stewart twice in the final 3:30 of the third quarter to reach the milestone.

Twombly and O'Bannon finished with three points apiece while Pat Vaughan (Cockeysville, MD/Loyola) made four saves before giving way to senior goalie James Desson (Simsbury, CT/Simsbury) early in the fourth quarter. Henry finished 17-for-20 on the face-off "X". The Bullets improved to 20-0 all-time against the Fords while scoring 19 goals in a game for the first time since a 20-5 win over Western Maryland on Apr. 10, 2002. John Michals and K.C. Peterson each recorded six saves while splitting time in the Haverford net. Gettysburg returns to action on Wednesday at Dickinson. Game time is 4 p.m. The Bullets would lock up a CC playoff berth with a win over the Red Devils.