Gettysburg vs. Swarthmore
March 23, 2002
The Game Story:
GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Jake Van Nostrand (Baldwin, NY/Baldwin) and Ric Bremer (Ridgefield, CT/John Jay [NY]) each tallied a game-high four goals and six points to lead second-ranked Gettysburg over Swarthmore 16-4 in the Centennial Conference (CC) men's lacrosse opener for both teams on Saturday.

Van Nostrand scored twice in the first minute as the Bullets (6-0, 1-0 CC) opened an 8-1 halftime lead and cruised to their 29th consecutive CC regular-season victory, a run that started in 1997.

Pete Milliman (Rochester, NY/Brighton) added a hat trick and two assists for the Bullets, who geared up for meetings with No. 1 Middlebury and No. 3 Washington next week by dropping the Garnet (4-4, 0-1 CC) for the ninth straight time.

Tim McGinnis (Ellicott City, MD/Loyola-Blakefield) made nine saves as the Gettysburg defense held Swarthmore scoreless until Blake Atkins' unassisted goal with 4:30 left in the second quarter.

Atkins finished with a goal and an assist in the loss. Goalies Steve Isbister and Ryan Croken combined for 13 saves while facing 50 Bullet shots.

Van Nostrand, who leads Gettysburg with 22 goals in the season's first six games, found the net 47 seconds into Saturday's contest off an assist from Chris Baran (Newington, CT/Newington), then scored on the Bullets' next trip down the field to make it 2-0 after only one minute.

The teams battled scorelessly over the next 11 minutes before Bremer pushed the lead to 3-0 with his first goal of the day.

Milliman got in the scoring column at the 13:08 mark of the second quarter and Bremer finished a breakaway at 9:17 for a 5-0 lead. Milliman pushed the lead to six before Atkins snapped the Garnet drought on an unassisted tally with 4:30 left before the break.

Goals from Kevin Smith (Baltimore, MD/McDonogh) and Van Nostrand in the last 2:23 of the half gave the Bullets' an 8-1 lead heading into the locker room.

Tim Chryssikos pulled Swarthmore within 11-4 with 9:40 left in the game, but Gettysburg scored the last five goals, including the first career tally by freshman Campbell Henry (Chapel Hill, NC/Episcopal [VA]). Nick Purkat (Annandale, VA/W.T. Woodson) chipped in with a goal and an assist for the Bullets.

Gettysburg returns to action on Wednesday at home against two-time defending national champion Middlebury. Game time is 3:30 p.m. The top-ranked Panthers downed the Bullets 15-10 in last season's NCAA championship game.