Gettysburg vs. Ursinus
April 10, 2010
The Game Story:
GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Sophomore Pat Sartory scored a career-high four goals and handed out one assist while senior Joe Brody scored his 200th career point as No. 2 Gettysburg used a fast start to hold off Ursinus College 13-11 in a Centennial Conference men’s lacrosse game Saturday afternoon at Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium.

The Bullets (12-1, 6-0 CC), who clinched a Centennial Conference playoff berth, jumped out to a 9-2 lead, only to see Ursinus go on a 6-1 run spanning the second and third quarters to get back into it. The Bears (8-3, 3-3 CC) pulled to within two on four occasions but were unable to get any closer.

With two Centennial Conference regular season games remaining, the Bullet can clinch the regular season title and the right to host the conference playoffs with a win or a Dickinson loss.

Brody reached his milestone early in the second quarter, when he scored his lone goal of the game. He finished the day with 200 points even and is now tied with Keith Fleming ’90 for fifth on Gettysburg’s career points list.

Senior Josh Reichert added three goals while classmate Kyle McGrath recorded two goals and two assists for the Bullets. Junior Andrew Ryan notched a pair of goals, and senior Patrick Koehl had one goal and one assist.

Eric Ocampo led Ursinus with three goals and one assist while Eric Farris and David Kraus scored three goals apiece. Tom Walsh contributed a goal and two assists.

Ryan Reuther won 15-of-18 face-offs for the Bears, who lost nine of their first 11 at the X before winning 14 of their final 17.

The Bullets never trailed after scoring the game’s first four goals, with three coming inside the first five minutes. Walsh put the Bears on the scoreboard when he scored with 4:55 left in the opening quarter, but McGrath answered with his second goal, striking with 2:04 to make it 5-1 at the end of the first quarter.

Kraus scored the first goal of the second quarter, but Gettysburg reeled off the next four tallies to assume their 9-2 advantage. However, the Bears answered with four goals of their own, with Farris accounting for three during the stretch, to cut the deficit to 9-6. Sartory stemmed the rally with he scored 13 seconds before the buzzer, giving the Bullets a 10-6 lead at the intermission.

The Bears continued to chip away at the deficit in the second half and outscored the Bullets 3-1 in the third quarter. Ursinus made it 10-8 following an Ocampo goal with 12:07 left before Ryan answered for Gettysburg. Pat Gillen struck with 2:19 left in the quarter, making it an 11-9 contest heading into the final period.

Neither team would score in the opening eight minutes of the fourth quarter, and the two teams traded goals the rest of the way. Reichert and Sartory sandwiched goals around an Ocampo tally, who cut it to 12-10 with 6:12 on the clock. Sartory found the back of the net with 5:36 showing to make it 13-10 before Kraus set the final score with 1:53 left.

Sophomore John LeClerc finished with eight saves for the Bullets while Matt Columbini stopped six shots and yielded eight goals while playing the final three quarters for Ursinus. T.J. Magnani started and gave up the first five goals while making two saves.

Gettysburg returns home on Saturday, when it hosts Centennial Conference foe Swarthmore College at 5 p.m. on Senior Day.