Haverford vs. Gettysburg
March 18, 2007
The Game Story:
March 18, 2007
Haverford Upsets #2 Gettysburg, 6-5;
Peterson Makes 21 Saves in First Start of the Season

HAVERFORD, PA - Haverford senior goalie K.C. Peterson made 21 saves in his first start of the season coming off an injury to lead the Fords past second-ranked Gettysburg, 6-5, Saturday afternoon in both teams Centennial Conference season opener. Sunday's win was the Fords first-ever over the Bullets following 23 straight defeats in a series that dates to 1980. The closest previous contests were overtime defeats at Haverford in 1981 (8-7) and 2003 (7-6), the latter of which was head coach Mike Murphy's first season. Gettysburg, ranked second in the USILA Division III coaches' poll, is the highest-ranked men's lacrosse opponent ever defeated by Haverford, surpassing top ten wins over #10 Franklin & Marshall (2004), #9 Hampden-Sydney (2005) and #8 Dickinson (2006) over the last three years. The Fords improve to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in Centennial play while the Bullets slip to 3-1 and 0-1.

The Bullets came out hot and scored two goals in a one minute span early in the first quarter to take a 2-0 lead. Haverford junior midfielder Dean Granoff scored the first of his game-high three goals with 4:13 left in the first quarter to pull Haverford within 2-1, but Gettysburg tallied another goal with 12 seconds left on the clock in the first to take a 3-1 advantage into the second quarter.

Haverford Junior attack and reigning Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Week Mike Distler cut the Gettysburg lead to 3-2 with 10:53 left in the second period. Senior attack Max Tcheyan knotted the contest at three after rocketing a shot that beat Gettysburg goalie Pat Vaughn from ten yards out. The Bullets Kevin Freehill would score the last goal of the half, giving Gettysburg a 4-3 advantage at the ten minute halftime break.

The third quarter saw little action until freshman attack Brian Fleishhacker scored off a pass from Tcheyan to tie the game at four with 6:01 left in the period. Granoff followed with a man up goal, his second goal of the day 2:38 later off a pass from junior midfielder Shane Hafer. Haverford took the 5-4 edge into the fourth quarter.

1:03 into the fourth quarter, Granoff scored the game-winning goal from Distler to make the score 6-4. Gettysburg's Zach Pucci got one goal back for the Bullets 2:28 later, however, the combination of Haverford's strong defense along with Peterson's solid play in net kept the Bullets scoreless over the last 11:29, lead the Fords to the win.

The Bullets out shot the Fords 37-17 in the game and had 26 shots on goal to Haverford's 12. Gettysburg won 10 of the games 14 face offs. Both squads cleared the ball well as the Bullets went 15-of-16 on clears while the Fords converted on 17-of-20 clear attempts. Haverford was 1-of-3 on extra man opportunities while Gettysburg went 0-for-6 with the extra man.

Haverford will return to action on Wednesday with a 4:00 p.m. game versus Geneseo. The game will be played at Lycoming.