Gettysburg vs. Mcdaniel
April 21, 2004
The Game Story:
GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Evan Gallant (Lutherville, MD/Loyola) and Nick Purkat (Annandale, VA/W.T. Woodson) each collected a season-high four points as sixth-ranked Gettysburg scored the game's first eight goals and cruised to a 13-4 Centennial Conference (CC) men's lacrosse victory over McDaniel on Wednesday.

Gallant and Purkat each scored twice and dished out two assists to help the Bullets (8-3, 4-1 CC) jump over Dickinson and into second place in the CC standings. The Red Devils fell at Franklin & Marshall on Wednesday, 7-5.

Chase Stewart (Downingtown, PA/Downingtown) posted a hat trick for Gettysburg and Jake Van Nostrand (Baldwin, NY/Baldwin) added two goals and an assist in the Bullets' eighth consecutive win over the Green Terror (5-7, 2-3 CC). Gettysburg's four home victories during that run have come by an average margin of 10.3 goals per game.

Steve Hoffman and Rob Weaver dished out two assists apiece for McDaniel, which fell one game behind F&M for the CC's fourth and final playoff berth.

With usual suspects Stewart and Van Nostrand putting up their expected numbers, the Bullets' midfielder-turned-attackman (Gallant) and attackman-turned-midfielder (Purkat) joined the offensive change with their most productive days of the 2004 season.

Gallant jumped into the action early, setting up Van Nostrand in transition following a Green Terror turnover to make it 1-0 just 2:02 into the game. Sixty-one seconds later, Sean McTernan (Cordlandt Manor, NY/Hendrick Hudson) capped Gettysburg's next trip into McDaniel territory with his sixth goal of the season.

Purkat made it 3-0 off a Gallant assist with 8:33 left in the first quarter, a play set up by Matt Smith's (Lansdale, PA/Germantown Acad.) caused turnover. Pat Vaughan (Cockeysville, MD/Loyola) made his first save of the afternoon on Jeremy Freed to maintain the three-goal lead and, minutes later, Stewart extended the margin to four off a Van Nostrand set-up at 1:26.

The Bullets kept the heat on in the second quarter. Smith bounced the eventual game-winner past J.C. Hutchins for his third goal of the season and Kevin Smith (Baltimore, MD/McDonogh) pushed the lead to 6-0 with an unassisted marker at 8:16. Van Nostrand scored man-up at 6:12 following a Green Terror push and Stewart capped the 8-0 run off a feed from McTernan with 5:01 left in the half.

Brad Baer and Jared Nutter scored in the final 4:33 of the second quarter to cut the deficit to 8-2, but Gettysburg erupted for the first four goals of the third period to put the game away. Stewart opened the half with his third goal at 13:42 and Gallant scored the next two to make it 11-2. Purkat went solo at 6:13 to make it a 10-goal game. Bullet freshman Ryan Cook (Pottstown, PA/Owen J. Roberts) netted his first collegiate goal in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring.

With his three-point day, Van Nostrand moved into a tie with former teammate Ric Bremer for seventh place on the program's all-time career points list (193). Van Nostrand is bidding to become the fifth Gettysburg player to record 200 career points.

In addition to scoring his fifth goal of the season, Baer won 10 of 15 face-offs and led McDaniel with seven ground balls. Justin Merson netted his team-leading 24th goal of the season for the Green Terror.