Gettysburg vs. Washington And Lee
March 6, 2004
The Game Story:
GETTYSBURG, Pa. - John O'Bannon (Marshall, VA/Highland School) scored two goals to lead tenth-ranked Gettysburg past No. 12 Washington & Lee 6-2 in non-conference men's lacrosse action on Saturday.

Freshman Pat Vaughan (Cockeysville, MD/Loyola Blakefield) made 11 saves in his collegiate debut to help the Bullets (1-0) hold the Generals (2-2) to only two goals, their fewest since 1995 and lowest output in the 20-game series between the two teams.

Richard Williams and Mike McNamara each collected a goal for Washington & Lee while Mark McLewee and Matt Arcati handed out the assists.

Gettysburg never trailed in its ninth consecutive season-opening victory and first-ever win on the new turf of Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium.

In a defensive first quarter, O'Bannon found the back of the net with 2:28 remaining to give the Bullets the early 1-0 lead. He struck again unassisted, but not until the 11:14 mark of the second quarter for a 2-0 edge.

Four more goals were scored in the second quarter, including Williams' goal from McLewee at the 7:14 mark to put the Generals on the board. Bryan Pryor (Dallas, TX/St. Mark's) waited four minutes before responding with his first goal of the season to put Gettysburg up 3-1.

Behind the cage, Arcati found McNamara straight down the middle to help the Generals inch closer to the Bullets at 3-2 with 2:02 left in the second quarter. Forty seconds later, Matt Twombly (New Canaan, CT/New Canaan) spun and converted his shovel shot off a feed Chase Stewart (Downingtown, PA/Downingtown) to give Gettysburg a two-goal lead at halftime.

Kevin Smith (Baltimore, MD/McDonogh School) blasted a shot into the lower right corner for the lone goal of the third quarter to make it 5-2 with 7:08 left to play. Alec Knight (Baltimore, MD/Calvert Hall College) scored the final marker of the game, collecting the rebound off Smith's shot and finding the back of the net with 2:28 remaining.

Matt Stanley (Fallston, MD/Calvert Hall College) led the defense with three caused turnovers and three ground balls. Vaughan recorded a team-best five ground balls on the day.

The Bullets blasted 26 shots with Washington & Lee's Ansel Sanders stopping 10 of them.

Gettysburg returns to action on Saturday at No. 3 SUNY Cortland. Game time is 1 p.m.