Messiah vs. Gettysburg
February 23, 2011
The Game Story:
GRANTHAM, Pa. – Gettysburg outscored Messiah College 9-0 in the second half and the sixth-ranked Bullets opened their 2011 season with a 16-3 non-conference win over the Falcons Wednesday afternoon.

Senior Danno Lynch led the Bullets with three goals and two assists while classmate J.C. Ward notched two goals and three assists. Senior Chris Cahill tossed in three goals for Gettysburg, which outshot the Falcons 57-23.

Sophomore J.T. McCook, making his first collegiate start, finished with six saves over 51:31 for the Bullets. Junior John LeClerc played 5:18 while freshman Joe Maddalone stopped two shots over the final 3:11. Zach Cureton collected 17 saves for Messiah, which was also playing its season opener.

The Bullets, who won their sixth straight season opener, never trailed after junior Pat Sartory scored three and a half minutes into the contest. Cahill added a goal with 3:53 left in the opening quarter, with Ward assisting on his second straight goal, before Heath Kupecky put the Falcons on the scoreboard 53 seconds later. But Lynch answered with back-to-back tallies 59 seconds apart, scoring with eight seconds left in the first quarter and 51 ticks into the second period.

Messiah came back with a goal by James Baden to make it 4-2 before the two teams traded tallies again. Ward struck with 7:53 left in the opening half before a Jess Rogers man-up goal made it 5-3 with 4:16 showing. However, the Bullets closed the game on an 11-0 run, including a pair of goals to end the half and make it a 7-3 game at the break. Freshman Martin Manilla registered his first collegiate goal before Ward handed out his third assist of the game on a goal from senior Andrew Ryan with 51 seconds left.

The Bullets came out on fire in the second half and outshot the Falcons 20-2 in the third quarter. Eight different players scored Gettysburg’s final nine goals, with sophomore Bobby DeWees getting his first collegiate goal 4:46 into the stanza. Ward, Sartory, and Cahill also cashed in during the quarter to make it 11-3 heading into the final period. Lynch, Cahill, senior John Doyle, sophomore Ryan Fumai, and sophomore Evan Thomas. It was also the first collegiate goal for Fumai, a transfer from the University of Massachusetts.

Gettysburg plays its home opener on Saturday, when it hosts Hampden-Sydney College at 1 p.m. in another non-conference tilt.