Gettysburg vs. Us Merchant Marine
March 9, 2010
The Game Story:
GETTYSBURG, Pa. – One day after earning their first No. 1 ranking in eight years, the Bullets proved they belonged at the top of the Division III men’s lacrosse world, blasting Merchant Marine 19-3 in a non-conference tilt Tuesday afternoon on a gorgeous sunny day at Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium.

Gettysburg (5-0) took command from the opening face-off, scoring six times before the Mariners (2-1) attempted a shot. The Bullets led 9-0 at the end of the first quarter and 14-1 at halftime.

Senior Josh Reichert (Englewood, Colo./Kent School) tied a career-high with five goals, including three in the opening 6:56, to lead the Bullet offensive attack. Senior Joe Brody (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) added four goals and two assists for a six-point day while junior Danno Lynch (Medfield, Mass./Avon Old Farms) also notched a hat trick, scoring three goals to go with one assist.

Junior Andrew Ryan (Palm Beach, Fla./Westminster School [Conn.]) contributed two goals for Gettysburg while junior J.C. Ward (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) handed out a career-high three assists. Sophomore Pat Sartory (Ellicott City, Md./McDonogh School) had one goal and two assists while senior Kyle McGrath (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) and junior Chris Cahill (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) each had one goal and one assist.

Sophomore John LeClerc (Acton, Mass./Tilton School [N.H.]) made three saves while playing the opening 37:31 to come away with the win in goal. Sophomore Lucien Reichert (Englewood, Colo./Kent School) made two stops in 16:32 while freshman J.T. McCook (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) turned aside one shot over the final 5:57.

Gettysburg’s 19 goals marked the team’s highest offensive output since its 20-3 win at Messiah College on April 16, 2008.

All but two of the 47 players on Gettysburg’s roster entered the game.

Brian Flannery had one goal and one assist for Merchant Marine. Keegan Boyle suffered the loss in goal, yielding all but one of the team’s goals and making 13 saves while playing the opening three quarters.

Gettysburg, which won its 18th straight home game, held decided advantages in shots (59-18) and ground balls (45-22). The Bullets also maintained possession of the ball for the majority of the game, making half as many turnovers (28-14) as the Mariners while winning 19-of-26 face-offs. Freshman Nick Avedisian (Laytonsville, Md./The Bullis School) was 8-for-11 at the X while junior Luke Santoro (Townsend, Mass./Deerfield Academy) was a perfect 5-for-5. Junior Matt Griffo (Babylon, N.Y./Babylon) went 5-for-10.

Gettysburg, which entered the game holding its opponents to 67.6 percent on clears, continued to perform well on the ride, as Merchant Marine was just 13-for-23.

Reichert scored three of his team’s first six goals in the opening quarter, when Gettysburg out-shot Merchant Marine 20-2. The Bullets tacked on two more goals at the start of the second quarter to go ahead 11-0 before the Mariners Sean Zakow put the visitors on the scoreboard with 11:43 to go before halftime. But the Bullets struck for two more tallies to go into the locker room up 13.

Gettysburg outscored the Mariners 4-0 in the third quarter to make it 18-1 heading into the final period. Merchant Marine scored twice before sophomore Tyler Feeley (Phoenix, Md./St. Paul’s School) capped the day’s scoring when he found the back of the net with 5:39 left.

The Bullets play their Centennial Conference opener on Saturday, when they host No. 14 Haverford College at 1 p.m.