Gettysburg vs. Muhlenberg
March 29, 2006
The Game Story:
GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Chase Stewart (Downingtown, PA/Downingtown) and Jared Harriman (Yarmouth, ME/Yarmouth) each recorded a hat trick in No. 2 Gettysburg’s 14-6 defeat of Muhlenberg in Centennial Conference (CC) action on Wednesday.

Gettysburg (7-0, 2-0 CC) remains undefeated and is set to play unbeaten No. 1 Salisbury on Saturday while Muhlenberg (3-3, 0-1 CC) falls to .500 on the season.

Leading the offense, Stewart has netted a hat trick in 3-of-4 games as both he and Harriman increased their team-leading goal total to 15. Goalie Pat Vaughan (Cockeysville, MD/Loyola) led the Bullets’ defense by making 11 saves and picking up four groundballs.

Chris Renzi (Fairport, NY/Fairport) won the opening faceoff, streaked down the middle of the field, and fired a goal just seven seconds into the game. Gettysburg jumped out to a 3-0 at the end of the first quarter with unassisted goals by Harriman and Stewart.

Kyle Farris, who scored a game-high four goals for the Mules, led off the second quarter with a strike just 1:01 into the period. The Bullets answered with four consecutive goals before Farris netted his second goal of the game on a man-up opportunity with 28 seconds left until half. The Bullets took a 7-2 lead into the locker room.

Once again, Farris started off a quarter with a goal. To begin the third, he took a pass from Cliff Burwell and fired a shot past Vaughan for a hat trick. Stewart answered quickly with two goals in the span of 1:10 to increase the Bullets’ lead to 9-3.

Late in the third quarter, Gettysburg took advantage of back-to-back man-up chances. Evan Gallant (Lutherville, MD/Loyola Blakefield) scored an unassisted goal, and with 14 seconds left in the quarter, Harriman scored his third strike of the game on a pass from Kevin Freehill (Baldwin, NY/Baldwin). On the ensuing faceoff, Renzi won the draw, ran quickly into the offensive zone and scored his second goal with only five ticks on the clock.

Muhlenberg held Gettysburg scoreless in the final quarter, and the Mules tacked on two late goals to set the game’s final tally at 14-4.

In what was a physical game marked by 15 penalties, the Bullets converted 3-of-8 man-up opportunities, and the Mulets converted 1-of-7.

Gettysburg held a 39-22 advantage in ground balls with Renzi scooping a game-high nine.

Gettysburg returns to action on Saturday at home against No.1 Salisbury. Game time is 1 p.m.