Washington College vs. Gettysburg
May 19, 2004
The Game Story:
CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Senior midfielder Stephen Berger (Columbia, MD/Mt. St. Joseph) scored three goals and two assists and senior goalie Richard Yost (Westminster, MD/St. Paul's) made 14 second-half saves as host Washington College rallied from a four-goal deficit to defeat Gettysburg College, 9-8, in an NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Semifinal game this afternoon at Kibler Field. Berger broke the Washington College single-season record for points in the victory.

The Shoremen (18-2) got on the board first when senior midfielder Michael Dyal (West Palm Beach, FL/Hotchkiss School, CT) scored an unassisted goal with 10:44 left in the first quarter. Gettysburg (14-4) answered 42 seconds later when Kevin Smith scored off an assist from John O'Bannon. The Bullets took a 2-1 lead when Chase Stewart scored off a pass from Jay Mayes with 7:20 to go in the period. Washington junior attackman Jon Spivey (Timonium, MD/Dulaney) fired in a goal at 5:24 and Berger shoveled a pass out of a double team to freshman attackman Kevin Nolan (Clark, NJ/A.L. Johnson) for a goal at 4:05 as the Shoremen regained the lead at 3-2.

The Bullets would then score five unanswered goals to go in front, 7-3. Nick Purkat scored an extra-man goal off a feed from Sean McTernan with 2:54 to play in the first and McTernan scored a goal of his own 51 seconds later. O'Bannon found Smith for a goal with 8:25 left in the second quarter and Stewart followed with a goal at 5:09. Steve Hurst scored off a feed from Jay Mayes with 3:11 to play in the half to cap off the run.

Berger scored an unassisted goal with 2:34 to play in the second quarter and then found Dyal for an extra-man goal with 37 seconds left to jump-start the Shoremen's comeback and cut the lead to 7-5 at halftime. Berger then opened the third-quarter scoring at the 11:44 mark to trim the lead to 7-6. Washington tied the game with 2:38 remaining in the third as senior midfielder Topher Brewer (Wilton, CT/Vermont Academy) scored off an assist from senior midfielder Michael McWilliams (Essex, NJ/West Essex).

The Shoremen took the lead for good on an unassisted goal by Spivey with 14:06 remaining in the fourth quarter that made the score 8-7 in favor of Washington. Berger gave WC a 9-7 lead and finished off a six-goal run when he darted along the crease from behind the goal to fire in a score with 3:21 left. Gettysburg's first and only goal of the second half came with 45 seconds to play as Stewart scored off an assist from Evan Gallant.

Freshman midfielder Mike Hughes (Pasadena, MD/Mount St. Joseph) won the ensuing face-off for the Shoremen and Berger scooped up the ground ball. Washington ran the clock down to 15 seconds before Gettysburg's Ben Roberts caused a Shoreman turnover and scooped up the ground ball to give the Bullets one final possession. Gettysburg cleared the ball with eight seconds to go, but threw the ball away as time expired.

Berger's three-goal, two-assist day gave him 89 points on the season, breaking the school record of 87 set by Paul Miller in 1988 and matched by Jason Paige in 1994. Spivey and Dyal each scored two goals in the game. Stewart led the Bullets with three goals, while Smith tallied two goals and Mayes and O'Bannon each had two assists. McTernan contributed one goal and one assist for Gettysburg.

Yost made three saves and allowed seven goals in the first half, but came back in the second half to allow just one goal and make 14 stops, helping offset a 23-15 Gettysburg advantage in shots over the final 30 minutes. Gettysburg goalie Pat Vaughn made 20 saves in the loss.

Gettysburg held a 38-36 advantage in shots in the game, but the Shoremen held a 36-31 edge in ground balls.

Washington, which advanced to the NCAA Division III Semifinals for the first time since 1998, will play at Salisbury Sunday at a 1:00 p.m. with a berth in the NCAA Division III Championship on the line. The Sea Gulls (18-0), the defending NCAA Division III Champions, scored a 13-6 win over Washington and Lee in a quarterfinal game today. Middlebury will play Nazareth in the other semifinal this weekend.