Gettysburg vs. Washington College
May 1, 2009
The Game Story:
HAVERFORD, Pa. – Sophomore Danno Lynch (Medfield, Mass./Avon Old Farms [Conn.]) scored the game-winning goal with 4:05 left and Gettysburg withstood a last-second desperation shot that ricocheted just wide of the goal as the sixth-ranked and third-seeded Bullets defeated second-seeded Washington (Md.) College 9-8 in the Centennial Conference semifinals Friday afternoon at Haverford College’s Swan Field.

With the win, Gettysburg’s 10th straight, the Bullets (12-3) advance to the conference championship game and will take on eight-ranked, top-seeded, and tournament host Haverford College, a 9-8 winner over fourth-seeded McDaniel College in the other semifinal, on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Junior Kyle McGrath (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) led the Bullets with three goals while sophomore Chris Cahill (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) chipped in with two goals. Junior Patrick Koehl (Shamong, N.J./St. Joseph’s Prep [Pa.]) added one goal and one assist, and senior Zach Furshman (Miami, Fla./Kent School [Conn.]) saved 10 shots in goal.

The win marked the 326th career victory for Gettysburg head coach Hank Janczyk, who tied Jack Emmer for second on the all-time NCAA men’s lacrosse wins list (all divisions).

Washington (9-7) received two goals and an assist from Casey O’Connor and one goal and one assist from Jimmy Kielek. Gordon Cohen also stopped 10 shots for the Shoremen.

Gettysburg and Washington were meeting in the Centennial Conference semifinals for the first time ever after playing in each of the last eight conference championship games.

With the scoreboard reading 8-8, the Bullets gained possession with five and a half minutes to go. A minute and a half later, junior Josh Reichert (Englewood, Colo./Kent School) drove in from the right wing and let fly a shot that was deflected by Cohen. Lynch scooped up the loose ball before delivering the go-ahead tally from point-blank range.

The Shoremen had two good looks at the goal inside the final two minutes, but a Matt Moreton shot sailed wide with 1:30 left, and Furshman came up with a big save outside the crease on a Doug Herdegen offering with 50 seconds to go. Furshman cleared the ball himself, racing it all the way behind the Washington goal, before the Bullets called a timeout with 36 seconds remaining.

Gettysburg appeared to have the game wrapped up when it held the ball near its end line, but the Bullets turned it over with eight seconds left. The Shoremen quickly got it just past midfield, where Kyle van Oostendorp fired a shot near the left goalpost, where it deflected off defenseman Tim Kurpis (Yorktown, N.Y./Yorktown) and a foot left of the net as time expired.

Koehl put the Bullets in front early, scoring just 3:45 into the game to make it 1-0. van Oostendorp tied it up a minute and a half later before Gettysburg answered with two quick goals to go up 3-1. McGrath curled behind the goal and punched in his first goal with 3:38 left before junior Joe Brody (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) took a feed from Reichert and scored in transition with 2:31 on the clock. The Shoremen scored the final of the quarter when Kielek sent in a one-time from O’Connor with 58 ticks showing, making it 3-2.

Washington caught fire midway through the second quarter, scoring four times over a 4:34 stretch to go up 6-3. With a steady rain at the start of the game progressing into a full downpour, O’Connor got things going with a man-up goal at the 9:43 mark before Josh Perlow struck with 8:12 on the clock, giving the Shoremen their first lead (4-3) of the game. O’Connor and Brendan O’Leary added back-to-back tallies 57 seconds apart to give Washington its three-goal lead, prompting a Gettysburg timeout with 5:09 left.

The Bullets stemmed the run with 3:46 remaining when McGrath spun free at the top of the arc and struck for his second goal, making it a 6-4 game at the half.

Gettysburg reversed the momentum with a big third quarter, scoring four unanswered goals to assume an 8-6 lead. Cahill started and ended the run, kicking it off with a leaping shot at the 9:08 mark. Sophomore John Odierna (Oyster Bay, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) sparked the Bullets next goal, forcing a turnover in the Washington zone, picking up the loose ball, and racing it upfield. Odierna then dished it off to McGrath, who completed his hat trick with 4:10 on the clock to make it 6-5.

A vicious hit from sophomore Tommy Barnett (Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick School) forced another turnover in Washington’s end and led to Gettysburg’s next tally, with Koehl finding senior Tom O'Donnell (Montgomeryville) to pull the Bullets even. Cahill capped the surge with 47 seconds left, slashing down the lane and through several stick checks before dropping in his second goal of the day, putting his team up 8-6.

Thayer Damm ended a 19-minute scoring drought for Washington when he scored off a face-off six seconds later to make it 8-7 at the end of the third quarter.

The Shoremen scored their final goal with 12:04 left when Moreton found paydirt. The weather cleared up the rest of the way, with the sun shining brightly during the game's late theatrics.

In an evenly-played game, Gettysburg held a 38-33 advantage in shot and a 23-18 edge in ground balls. Damm won 11-of-21 face-offs for Washington while sophomore Matt Griffo (Babylon, N.Y./Babylon) and senior Tim Stanton (Phoenix, Md./Loyola Blakefield) were 5-for-10 and 5-for-11, respectively, at the X.