Washington College vs. Gettysburg
May 9, 2004
The Game Story:
CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Fifth-ranked Gettysburg College won its sixth Centennial Conference men's lacrosse title in the past seven years by holding on for a 7-6 win over third-ranked host Washington College this afternoon in the Centennial Conference Championship game. With the win, the Bullets (13-3) secured an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Shoremen (16-2) are in contention for an at-large berth in the tournament.

Neither team scored in the fourth quarter, which saw the Shoremen outshoot the Bullets, 8-2. Washington turned the ball over in the Gettysburg box with 1:18 remaining in the game and again with 29 seconds left. The Bullets then failed to clear the ball with 27 seconds to go, giving Washington one final possession, but Gettysburg's Matt Stanley knocked the ball away, scooped up the ground ball and started a game-ending clear for the Bullets.

All but two of the goals in the game were scored in the first half. Gettysburg jumped on top when Kevin Smith scored an unassisted goal with 11:06 left in the first quarter, but back-to-back goals by WC junior attackman Jon Spivey (Timonium, MD/Dulaney) with 8:31 and 7:45 remaining, gave the Shoremen a 2-1 lead. Junior defenseman Gregory Vetter (Annapolis, MD/Annapolis) picked up the assist on Spivey's second goal.

The Bullets then went on a four-goal run to jump in front, 5-2. Chase Stewart started the spurt with a man-up goal off a feed from Nick Purkat with 1:36 left in the first. Evan Gallant followed with a goal off an assist from Jake Van Nostrand with 58 seconds left in the period. Gallant then opened the second-quarter scoring with a goal. Smith polished off the run with a goal with 10:53 left in the quarter.

The Shoremen rallied to score the next three goals and tie the score. Senior midfielder Brent Renner (Fairfax, VA/W.T. Woodson) got things started with a goal with 10:17 left in the second, while freshman attackman Kevin Nolan (Clark, NJ/A.L. Johnson) scored off a Spivey assist with 8:42 left in the period. Senior midfielder Stephen Berger (Columbia, MD/Mt. St. Joseph) knotted the score at 7-7 with an unassisted goal with 3:27 to go in the quarter.

Gettysburg pulled back in front before the break, however, as Smith fired in a goal with eight seconds left before the intermission. Washington came back to tie the score one last time when Berger found senior midfielder Michael Dyal (West Palm Beach, FL/Hotchkiss School, CT) for an extra-man goal with 4:13 left in the third quarter. The Bullets' Matt Twombly scored what would prove to be the game-winner on a man-up opportunity with 2:36 to go in the third.

Smith's three goals were a game high. Gallant added two goals for Gettysburg. Spivey tallied two goals and an assist for the Shoremen, while Berger contributed one goal and one assist.

Both goalies put together solid games between the pipes. Gettysburg's Pat Vaughn finished with 17 saves, including five in the fourth quarter, while WC senior Richard Yost (Westminster, MD/St. Paul's) made 14.

Washington got off 38 shots in the game to Gettysburg's 29, but the Shoremen were held under seven goals in a game for the first time in 31 games.

The Shoremen defeated Gettysburg in last year's Centennial Championship Game, 11-2, and topped the Bullets, 9-4, earlier this season.

The field for the NCAA Division III Tournament will be announced tonight between 8:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on College Sports Television.