Washington College vs. Gettysburg
April 5, 2008
The Game Story:
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Sophomore Joe Brody (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) scored a career-high five goals and No. 2 Gettysburg handed No. 3 Washington (Md.) College its first loss of the season, outscoring the Shoremen 10-4 in the second half en route to a crucial 17-10 Centennial Conference victory Saturday afternoon.

The Bullets (9-1, 4-0 CC), who seized sole possession of first place in the conference standings with the win, broke open a tight game with a 6-0 run that spanned parts of the second through the fourth quarters. Washington (9-1, 4-1 CC) had held a half-game lead over Gettysburg for the conference lead heading into the contest.

After getting shut out for the first time in 22 games against No. 1 Salisbury last Saturday, Brody answered with one of the top performances as a Bullet. He scored four of his goals in a tight first half, staking the Bullets to a 7-6 halftime lead. It was the first time a Gettysburg player scored five goals in a game since senior Trip Dyer (Ocean View, Del./Worcester Prep (Md.)) did it in a 13-2 win over Cabrini College on March 21 of last season.

Senior Ben Sufrin (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) added three goals and an assist for Gettysburg while classmate Jared Harriman (Yarmouth, Maine/Yarmouth) also notched a hat trick, tying a season-high with three goals. Sophomore Kyle McGrath (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) contributed two goals while junior Zach Pucci (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) tied a career-high with three assists. Juniors Tom O’Donnell (Montgomeryville, Pa./La Salle College) and Drew Duckworth (Rye, N.Y./Hotchkiss School (N.Y.)) posted one goal and two assists apiece.

Junior Zachary Furshman (Miami, Fla./Kent School (Conn.)) made all nine of his saves in the fourth quarter for the Bullets while Gordon Cohen stopped 14 shots for Washington.

Kolyn Kirby and Nick Gregory scored three goals apiece for the Shoremen.

Washington, which was 3-for-5 in extra-man opportunities, bolted to a 3-0 lead 2:22 into the game, winning the game’s first three face-offs and scoring on its first three shots. However, the Bullets called a timeout, won the next face-off, and came back with three goals of its own over a five-minute stretch to tie it up. Harriman put Gettysburg on the scoreboard at the 10:02 mark of the first quarter before Brody and McGrath followed suit. Kirby converted a man-up tally for Washington with 1:14 on the clock, but Brody answered 15 seconds later to make it a 4-4 game at end of the quarter. The Bullets would not trail the rest of the way.

Harriman gave his team its first lead of the game when he scored with 10:21 left in the opening half to make it 5-4. That’s when Gregory and Brody took over, with the players trading goals twice. Gregory’s second goal made it 6-6 with 6:42 remaining, but Brody gave the Bullets their one-goal halftime lead when he found the back of the net eight seconds before the horn.

Gettysburg pulled away in the second half, scoring the first five goals of the stanza. The Bullets blanked the Shoremen 4-0 in the third quarter, getting goals from four different players to forge an 11-6 lead with 15 minutes left. O’Donnell, freshman Ben Engleman (Potomac, Md./Thomas S. Wooton), McGrath, and Sufrin all scored for the Bullets, with Engleman recording his first collegiate goal.

Brody concluded Gettysburg’s run, potting his final goal of the day to give the Bullets a 12-6 lead 50 seconds in the final quarter. Kirby started and ended a 3-1 Washington run to pull the Shoremen within four (13-9) with 9:59 left, but the hosts would fail to score for the next seven-and-a-half minutes. In the meantime, the Bullets reeled off four straight goals, getting two tallies from Sufrin and one apiece from Duckworth and Harriman, to build an insurmountable 17-9 lead with 3:14 to go. Gregory set the final score with a man-up goal with 2:22 left.

Gettysburg returns to action on Wednesday, when it visits McDaniel College in another Centennial Conference tilt starting at 4 p.m.