Washington And Lee vs. Gettysburg
March 8, 2003
The Game Story:
LEXINGTON, Va. - Tommy Melanson scored off a goal-mouth scramble with 31 seconds remaining to snap a 9-all tie and lift fourth-ranked Washington & Lee over No. 2 Gettysburg 10-9 in non-conference men's lacrosse action on Saturday. Melanson's goal negated numerous comeback attempts by the Bullets (1-1), who rallied to tie the game at 6, 8 and 9, but never took the lead en route to their first loss in the last three trips to Wilson Field. Matt Fink scored a goal and dished out all four of his assists in the first half to help the Generals (3-0) take a 5-2 lead into halftime. Mark McLewee added a hat trick in the win while Gavin Molinelli scored twice and added one assist.

The loss overshadowed a big offensive performance from Gettysburg freshman Chase Stewart (Downingtown, PA/Downingtown), who scored five times in his second collegiate game, including the goal that knotted the contest at 9 with 59 seconds remaining.

Following Stewart's fifth marker, Melanson provided the game's deciding moment. After the senior won the face-off, back-to-back turnovers moved the ball into the Generals' offensive zone. With both teams still scrambling for possession, Melanson picked up the loose ball and fired a shot past Bullet goalie Tim McGinnis (Ellicott City, MD/Loyola Blakefield) for his first goal of the season.

The win gave W&L its second victory over a top-three Centennial Conference opponent in the past week. The Generals downed then-No. 3 Washington on Sunday, 6-5.

The game did not have the makings of a classic for the first two-and-a-half quarters. Behind four assists from Fink and a stifling defense that held the Bullets to five first-half shots, W&L built a 6-2 lead with 6:18 remaining in the third quarter.

Then Gettysburg erupted. Starting at the 4:31 mark, Stewart scored twice in a span of 64 seconds before Tripp Neville (Duxbury, MA/Duxbury) and John O'Bannon (Marshall, VA/Highland) ripped home unassisted goals in the final minute of period to tie the game at 6 heading into the fourth. Unfazed, the Generals regrouped with a transition goal from Molinelli and a man-up tally by Orhan Belding to make it 8-6 with 10:01 left. Stewart and Kevin Smith (Baltimore, MD/McDonogh) answered with unassisted goals 45 seconds apart to again pull the Bullets even. Fink gave the Generals a 9-8 lead with 4:11 left before Stewart shoveled home his fifth goal of the game with 59 ticks remaining to set up Melanson's heroics.

O'Bannon, Neville and Jake Van Nostrand (Baldwin, NY/Baldwin) finished with one goal and one assist for Gettysburg. Chris Shipps (Rockville, MD/Georgetown Prep) won 12 of 22 face-offs in the losing effort. The Bullets return to action on Wednesday against St. Mary's (Md.). Due to the renovation of Musselman Stadium, game time and site are to be determined.