Gettysburg vs. Messiah
April 14, 2004
The Game Story:
GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Jake Van Nostrand (Baldwin, NY/Baldwin) scored four goals and Pat Vaughan (Cockeysville, MD/Loyola) made 14 saves to lead sixth-ranked Gettysburg over No. 19 Messiah 11-5 in non-conference men's lacrosse action on Wednesday.

Van Nostrand, who has 16 points in three career games against the Falcons (6-3), jumped into the Bullets' all-time goal-scoring top 10, surpassing Ross Garretson (103 from 1997-2000) and finishing the day with 106 career goals. The senior's four goals were a season high.

Vaughan continued to shine in his rookie campaign with the aid of a Gettysburg defense that forced 17 of Messiah's 28 turnovers. Long-stick midfielder Matt Smith (Lansdale, PA/Germantown Acad.) caused a team-best four turnovers and was one of three Bullets with six ground balls.

Matt Twombly (New Canaan, CT/New Canaan) and Chase Stewart (Downingtown, PA/Downingtown) each scored twice for Gettysburg (6-3), which improved to 5-0 all-time against the Falcons. Kevin Dennstaedt netted a pair of goals for Messiah while fellow attackmen Jono Linebaugh and Reed Horanburg each added a goal and an assist. The trio fired 19 of the Falcons' 33 shots on the afternoon.

Linebaugh's goal tied the game at 1 midway through the first quarter, but the Bullets rattled off the next five to take command. Twombly needed 30 seconds to answer Linebaugh's tally and put Gettysburg ahead for good at 2-1. Stewart followed with his team-leading 18th goal of the season at the 2:15 mark.

The Bullets erupted for three goals in 65 seconds to open a 6-1 advantage. An illegal procedure penalty put Gettysburg on the man-up and Van Nostrand cashed in a pass from Evan Gallant (Lutherville, MD/Loyola) moments after the penalty expired to make it 4-1. Chris Renzi (Fairport, NY/Fairport) posted the first of his nine face-off wins and John O'Bannon (Marshall, VA/Highland School) scored seconds later, pushing the lead to 5-1. Jon Sowanick (Bethesda, MD/Bullis School) capped the burst off a feed from Kevin Freehill (Baldwin, NY/Baldwin) with 9:07 left in the half. Vaughan was calm in the face of Messiah's 13 second-quarter shots, turning away the first five on goal before Danny Williams beat the halftime horn to cut the lead to 6-2 at the break.

The Falcons, however, would get no closer in the second half. Bullet senior Kevin Smith (Baltimore, MD/McDonogh) lasered a shot under the cross bar to make it 7-2 in the opening minutes of the third quarter and Van Nostrand's second goal at the 1:26 mark maintained the five-goal margin at 8-3.

Van Nostrand scored his final two goals in a span of 1 minute, 47 seconds early in the fourth quarter. Twombly's second goal of the game made it 11-4 with 6:24 remaining. In addition to his goal-scoring status, Van Nostrand needs 14 points to become the fifth player in program history to reach the 200-point plateau. His 186 career points ranks ninth on the program's all-time list.

Renzi, appearing in just his second game of the year due to a preseason injury, won 9 of 13 draws on the day. Gettysburg returns to action on Saturday at Ursinus, the first of five consecutive Centennial Conference games to close out the regular season. Game time is 1 p.m.