Gettysburg vs. Ursinus
April 12, 2008
The Game Story:
GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Senior Ben Sufrin (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) scored two goals and handed out two assists and the No. 2-ranked Gettysburg College men’s lacrosse team kept its perfect Centennial Conference record intact, defeating Ursinus College 10-7 at a sunny Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Gettysburg (11-1, 6-0), which holds first place in the conference standings with just two Centennial games left on its schedule, won its 13th straight regular season conference game. Sophomore Joe Brody (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) added a pair of goals for the Bullets, giving him a team-leading 34 for the season.

Ursinus (5-8, 3-3 CC) suffered another close loss in conference play. All three of the Bears CC losses have been decided by three goals or less, including a 6-5 setback to No. 8 Haverford on Wednesday and an 8-6 loss to Washington (Md.), ranked No. 5 at the time, on March 26.

Eric Farris led the Bears with two goals while Tony Aquilino stopped nine shots in goal.

The Bullets out-shot the Bears 38-20, held a 26-18 advantage in ground balls, and won 12 of 19 face-offs. Gettysburg shut out Ursinus leading scorer Dane Mangin, who entered the game with 23 goals and 15 assists.

Neither team saw many scoring opportunities in the opening quarter, and the period nearly went by without a goal before Eric Hoffman’s unassisted tally with 1:48 on the clock. But the Bullets responded with two goals in the final 23 seconds, which kicked off a 5-0 Gettysburg run. Brody put the hosts on the scoreboard with his first goal of the game with 23 ticks showing, and senior Trip Dyer (Ocean View, Del./Worcester Prep (Md.)) scored with two seconds left to give the Bullets a 2-1 lead at end of the quarter.

Brody struck again 46 seconds into the second quarter, converting a feed from Sufrin to make it 3-1. Senior Devin Hewitt (Groton, Mass./Holderness School) sent home his first goal of the season with 12:10 left in the opening half, and junior Drew Duckworth (Rye, N.Y./Hotchkiss School (Conn.)) scored nearly eight minutes later, giving the Bullets a 5-1 halftime advantage.

The two teams traded goals twice in the third quarter, with Farris ending Ursinus’ scoring drought when he converted a pass from Pat Gillen to make it 5-2 with 8:04 on the clock. Junior Danny Collura (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) answered for Gettysburg with 4:28 remaining before Derrin Mangin made it a three-goal game once again, scoring at the 1:14 mark. But junior Rob Triplett (McLean, Va./McLean) put the Bullets up 7-3 when he accepted a pass from freshman Chris Cahill (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) and slipped in a goal with 25 seconds left in the quarter.

Sufrin and freshman Andrew Ryan (Palm Beach, Fla./Westminster School (Conn.)) followed up with back-to-back goals 24 seconds apart early in the fourth quarter, extending Gettysburg’s lead to 9-3. Sophomore Kyle McGrath (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) set up Ryan’s goal.

Farris scored his second goal of the game with 8:38 left, but Sufrin answered with his second tally of the quarter to make it 10-4 with 7:34 left. Gillen made it a five-goal game when he scored 35 seconds later, but that would the Bears’ last goal until the final minute of the game, when Chris Gipson and Orlando added a pair of tallies to set the final score.

Junior Zachary Furshman (Miami, Fla./Kent School (Conn.)) pushed his record to 6-1 and 5-0 in conference games, making two saves between the pipes for the Bullets. He also picked up a game- and career-high five ground balls while junior Tom O'Donnell (Montgomeryville, Pa./La Salle College) and junior Tim Stanton (Phoenix, Md./Loyola Blakefield) had four ground balls apiece.

Gettysburg plays its final regular season non-conference game on Wednesday, when it visits Messiah College in a 4 p.m. face-off.