Mcdaniel vs. Gettysburg
April 20, 2005
The Game Story:
A late game surged lifted #6 Gettysburg (9-3, 5-0) past McDaniel (4-7, 1-4) in Centennial Conference lacrosse action at Scott S. Bair Stadium Wednesday afternoon. The Bullets scored three goals in a two minute stretch of the fourth quarter to break an 8-8 deadlock.

The Bullets scored on their first four shots of the game, and five different players accounted for their five first half goals.

The game was, for the most part, a statistical dead heat. The teams split the game’s 24 face-offs, while the Bullets held a 24-20 edge in shots. McDaniel outworked Gettysburg on the ground balls 27-25, and both teams made good on one extra-man opportunity.

The difference was in the cage. Gettysburg’s Pat Vaughn turned away five shots, while his counterpart in the Terror net, Chad Schell (Medina, OH / Medina) was credited with two stops.

Gettysburg took a lead 50 seconds into play when Chris Renzi set up Jon Sowanick on their first possession. The Terror answered 39 seconds later when Rob Weaver (Laurel, MD / Pallotti) tallied the first of his pair in the game. A quick Gettysburg three-goal surge spanned 1:43 to give the guests a 4-1 lead. It appeared a rout was in order, but the Green Terror defense solidified, and neither team scored in the final 9:06 of the first quarter.

McDaniel seized momentum in the second quarter with Steve Hoffman (Latham, NY / LaSalle) sandwiching a Gettysburg goal to make it 5-3. Kolyn Kirby (Chestertown, MD / Kent County) added a pair to tie it at 5-5 going into the half.

After Renzi scored the second of his three to open the second half of scoring, Kirby finished his hat trick with a man-up goal to make it 6-6. Gettysburg twice again claimed the lead and watched it vanish before Kevin Freehill sparked the Bullets fourth quarter surge. His goal was assisted by Chase Stewart, who helped on three of Gettysburg’s final four goals of the game.

47 seconds after Freehill’s goal, the Bullets’ Brian Pryor scored on the extra-man opportunity which that evolved from a Billy Thomas (Middletown, DE / Charter) slash. That goal stood as the game-winner.

Chris Renzi finished the two-minute spurt by himself with 5:57 left in the game. The Terror got one back from freshman Matt Buschman, but the Bullets ground down the clock over the final two minutes to hang on for the win.

Kirby and Hoffman each scored three goals for the Terror with Hoffman assisting on a pair. Curtis Schaeffer (Westminster, MD / Westminster) recorded a team-high of four ground balls. The Bullets got a hat trick, two assists, and six ground balls out of Renzi. Sowanick, Freehill, and Evan Gallant each scored a pair for Gettysburg.

With the loss, McDaniel slides to 4-7, 1-4, while Gettysburg improved to 8-3, and remained unbeaten in the Conference at 5-0. The Terror returns to action on Saturday when McDaniel travels to Ursinus.