Gettysburg vs. Villa Julie
March 5, 2008
The Game Story:
GETTYSBURG, Pa. – No. 20 Gettysburg scored two goals 11 seconds apart in the final two minutes – with junior Zach Pucci (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) scoring the game-winner with 1:44 left – and the Bullets rallied to defeat No. 20 Villa Julie 10-9 in Gettysburg’s home opener Wednesday afternoon at a sunny, blustery Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium.

Gettysburg (2-0), which won its ninth straight home opener, received hat tricks from Pucci, senior Trip Dyer (Ocean View, Del./Worcester Prep (Md.)), and sophomore Joe Brody (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson), who scored three goals apiece. Pucci added a pair of assists to finish with five points.

Nicola Bevacqua scored four goals to lead Villa Julie (2-1).

With the win, Gettysburg Head Coach Hank Janczyk moved to within one victory of 300 for his career. He can become just the third coach in NCAA history (all divisions) to reach the milestone when the Bullets take on Denison University on Saturday.

The Mustangs took their first lead of the game (9-8) when Kevin Donnelly scored an even-strength goal with 5:01 left, capping a 3-0 Villa Julie run. But the Bullets rallied to tie the game with 1:55 remaining on an unassisted goal from Dyer. Sophomore Kyle McGrath (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) then won the ensuing faceoff and zipped a pass to a streaking Pucci, who drilled in the game-winner 11 seconds later.

It was a low-scoring affair in the early going, and the scoreboard read 0-0 for nearly the entire first quarter before Dyer scored with 2:33 left, giving the Bullets a 1-0 lead at the end of the opening period.

Sufrin and Pucci followed up with man-up goals in the second quarter to give the Bullets a 3-0 lead, but Villa Julie closed the half with a pair of tallies to make it a 3-2 game at the break.

The Mustangs tied it up just 1:13 into the third quarter on a behind-the-back goal from Richard Ford, but Brody answered for the Bullets with 4:49 left in the period to give the hosts a 4-3 advantage. Pucci just beat the third-quarter horn with his second goal of the game to give the hosts a 6-4 lead heading into the final stanza.

Though the temperature may have been dropping, the two teams’ offenses heated up over the final 15 minutes, when the two sides combined for nine goals. The Bullets and Mustangs started the period by trading goals twice, and Brody’s final goal of the day put Gettysburg up 8-6 with 9:28 left. But that’s when Villa Julie rallied with three unanswered goals. Bevacqua tied the game at 8-all with his final goal of the night.

Villa Julie was whistled for two slashing penalties following Pucci’s game-winning goal, helping the Bullets run out the clock.

Junior Charles Floeckher (Lutherville, Md./Boys Latin School) made 10 saves to earn the win in goal for the Bullets while Eric Fleegle stopped 11 shots for the Mustangs.

Gettysburg hosts Denison on Saturday in another non-conference match-up starting at 1 p.m.