Gettysburg vs. Washington College
May 8, 2005
The Game Story:
GETTYSBURG, PA -- Fourth-ranked host Gettysburg College scored three of the game's final four goals to defeat visiting ninth-ranked Washington College, 8-6, in the Centennial Conference Men's Lacrosse Championship this afternoon in Gettysburg, PA. The Bullets improved to 14-3 and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament with the win, while the Shoremen fell to 10-5 with the loss.

Senior attackman Jon Spivey (Timonium, MD/Dulaney) gave the Shoremen a 1-0 lead just 1:34 into the game, but Gettysburg pulled even when Brian Pryor found Evan Gallant for a goal with 5:15 left in the first quarter.

Washington opened the second quarter scoring as sophomore midfielder Mike Hughes (Pasadena, MD/Mount St. Joseph) scooped up the opening face-off and fired in an unassisted goal 10 seconds into the period. The Bullets came right back to tie the score again as Jim Culp reeled in a ground ball off the ensuing face-off and scored his first collegiate goal. Gettysburg built a 4-2 lead by halftime as Kevin Freehill scored off an assist from Pryor with 7:32 left in the second quarter and Pryor scored off an assist from Chase Stewart with 4:40 to play.

The Shoremen cut the lead to 4-3 with 12:48 left in the third quarter on a goal by sophomore midfielder Andrew Ostrusky (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park/Bridgton, ME), but Gettysburg answered again as Brian Ford scored with 11:00 left in the period. Washington then rallied to tie the score for the final time on back-to-back goals by Spivey. His first came off a feed from sophomore attackman Kevin Nolan (Clark, NJ/A.L. Johnson) with 7:34 left in the third and his second was unassisted with 5:13 on the clock. Gettysburg took the lead for good with 1:09 left in the third when Pryor connected with T.J. Liberto to make it 6-5 in favor of the Bullets.

Gettysburg pushed the lead to 7-5 on a goal by Gallant with 11:45 left in the fourth. The Shoremen trimmed the margin to one goal when freshman attackman Chris Read (Baltimore, MD/Boys Latin) scored 36 seconds after Gallant's goal. Freehill ended the scoring with a goal with 6:50 to play that gave the Bullets a two-goal cushion that they maintained the rest of the way.

Gallant and Freehill each scored two goals for Gettysburg, while Pryor tallied one goal and three assists. Spivey scored a game-high three goals for the Shoremen.

Pat Vaughan made 11 saves in the win for the Bullets, while junior goalie Kevin Thibadeau (Cheshire, CT/Avon Old Farms) made 14 stops for the Shoremen.

Gettysburg held a 37-26 advantage in shots in the game.