Gettysburg vs. Saint Mary's (md)
March 12, 2003
The Game Story:
SWARTHMORE, Pa. - Jake Van Nostrand (Baldwin, NY/Baldwin) and Nick Purkat (Annandale, VA/W.T. Woodson) each scored twice to help fourth-ranked Gettysburg defeat St. Mary's (Md.) 9-7 in non-conference men's lacrosse action on Wednesday.

Van Nostrand also dished out two assists on the night, the first setting up Purkat's go-ahead goal early in the second period. Tim McGinnis (Ellicott City, MD/Loyola Blakefield) made 10 saves for the Bullets (2-1), who hosted the Seahawks at Swarthmore College due to delays in the renovation of Musselman Stadium's playing surface.

Dave Mueller led St. Mary's (0-3) with two goals and three assists while Ryan McCauley also netted a pair of goals in the loss, the Seahawks second straight defeat to a team currently ranked in the Division III top five. St. Mary's fell at No. 5 Hampden-Sydney on Saturday. After falling behind 2-1 in the opening three minutes, Gettysburg used a 5-0 run across the second and third quarter to take control of the game.

Purkat tied the game at 2 off an assist from Sean McTernan (Cordlandt Manor, NY/Hendrick Hudson) with 6:26 left in the first quarter. With 11:17 remaining in the half, Purkat struck again, this time off a feed from Van Nostrand to put the Bullets ahead to stay at 3-2. Unassisted goals from Peter Politi (Wilton, CT/Wilton) and Tripp Neville (Duxbury, MA/Duxbury) in a span of 2:46 gave Gettysburg a 5-2 edge at the break. McTernan made it a four-goal advantage with an unassisted marker just 1 minute, 42 seconds into the third quarter. St. Mary's rallied thanks to its extra-man offense. Kevin Whalen and McCauley scored man-up goals in a span of 46 seconds to pull the Seahawks within 6-4. Chase Stewart (Downingtown, PA/Downingtown) answered with his lone goal of the night to make it 7-4 before McCauley struck again with 32 seconds left in the third to cut the deficit to two.

Van Nostrand got into the scoring act in the fourth quarter, netting back-to-back goals to give Gettysburg a 9-5 lead with 8:10 remaining.

The Seahawks cut the lead to 9-7 with 3:19 left on tallies from Mueller and Shane Baxter. St. Mary's won the ensuing face-off, but McGinnis stopped a McCauley shot and the Seahawks turned the ball over seconds later.

Brian Ford (Niskayuna, NY/Niskayuna), who scored Gettysburg's first goal of the night, ran off a sizeable amount of possession time in the final minute to seal the victory.

Miguel Snyder finished with seven saves for St. Mary's. Seahawks face-off specialist Alex Redmond won the game's first 12 draws, finishing 14-for-20 on the night.

Gettysburg returns to action on Saturday against SUNY Cortland at Messiah College. Game time is 1 p.m.