Swarthmore vs. Gettysburg
April 21, 2007
The Game Story:
SWARTHMORE, Pa. – Freshman attackman Joe Brody (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) tallied four goals and five points for the second consecutive game to lead No. 2 Gettysburg to a 12-3 win against Swarthmore in Centennial Conference (CC) action at Clothier Fields on Saturday afternoon. The win gives the Bullets the top seed in next weekend’s CC playoffs.

Gettysburg (11-2, 6-1 CC) senior goalie Pat Vaughan (Cockeysville, Md./Loyola Blakefield) made three saves on the day to move into a tie with Doug Master for third place on the Bullets’ career saves list. He is also one stop shy of fourth on the CC career list. Vaughan allowed a single goal in nearly 55 minutes of action to lower his season goals against average to 4.01.

The Bullets out-shot the Garnet (5-6, 2-5 CC) by a 42-15 margin and won 13-of-18 faceoffs. Senior midfielder Jimmy Gates (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) was 13-of-17 with 11 ground balls and raised his season faceoff percentage to .682. He also added an assist on the day.

For the second straight game, Brody matched his career high with four goals. His five points also tie his personal best, set against Messiah on Wednesday. Since he broke into the starting lineup against Dickinson, he has started seven games and amassed 18 goals and five assists for 23 points. He has now taken over the team lead in goals. Senior midfielder Ted Leonard (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) netted a pair of goals to tie his career high.

Swarthmore freshman attackman Tyler Bradshaw was the only Garnet player with multiple points, scoring a pair of goals. Junior goalie Frank Mazzucco made 13 saves on the day.

Brody opened the scoring with just over three minutes gone. That strike started a 6-0 first-half run. It took the Bullets more than seven minutes to score again. Junior attackman Trip Dyer (Ocean View, Del./Worcester Prep [Md.]) passed to senior midfielder Kevin Freehill (Baldwin, N.Y./Baldwin), who converted at the 4:40 mark.

Gates won the ensuing faceoff, picked up the ground ball and fed Leonard for the quick score. Dyer scored the eventual game winner with 1:16 to go in the first on an assist by Brody.

Brody and junior midfielder Ben Sufrin (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) scored at opposite ends of the second quarter to put Gettysburg up by a half-dozen after 30 minutes of play.

Swarthmore broke up the shutout bid with exactly one minute gone in the second half. Bradshaw was assisted by sophomore midfielder Will Predun on the Garnet’s first tally.

Gettysburg responded with another 5-0 run that did not end until there was just 5:44 to play in the game. Sophomore attackman Zach Pucci (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) and Brody each scored man-up goals in the third for the Bullets. For the game, the team was 2-for-4 on extra-man opportunities while holding Swarthmore 0-for-3.

The Garnet scored two of the game’s final three goals after Vaughan was lifted. Those scores sandwiched the first collegiate goal for freshman attackman Josh Reichert (Denver, Colo./Kent).

The Bullets will finish out the regular season next Saturday when they return home for senior day against rival Franklin & Marshall. The opening faceoff is set for 1 p.m. The 10-member Class of 2007 will be honored prior to the contest.