Ursinus vs. Gettysburg
April 4, 2003
The Game Story:
COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. - Freshman Evan Gallant (Lutherville, MD/Loyola Blakefield) posted his first collegiate hat trick and added one assist to lead fifth-ranked Gettysburg past Ursinus 18-3 in Centennial Conference (CC) on Friday.

Gallant collected all four points in the Bullets' 8-0 first quarter to help Gettysburg (7-2, 3-1 CC) establish a 12-1 halftime lead and cruise to victory in their first-ever meeting with Ursinus (2-5, 0-5 CC). T.J. Liberto (Arnold, MD/St. Mary's) netted his first two collegiate goals in the win, one of five Bullets to score a pair on the afternoon. Alec Knight (Baltimore, MD/Calvert Hall) handed out a career-high three assists. James Lawson collected two assists for the Bears, who were out-shot 60-16 on the day. Goalies Joel Ford and Kyle Shoenberger combined for 13 saves. Coming off a its first conference loss in six years, Gettysburg wasted little time getting back in the CC win column.

Matt Twombly (New Canaan, CT/New Canaan) put the Bullets on the board with an unassisted tally just 2 minutes, 4 seconds into the game. Forty-eights seconds later, Peter Politi (Wilton, CT/Wilton) assisted on Gallant's first goal of the game to make it 2-0. On the ensuing face-off, Chris Renzi (Fairport, NY/Fairport) scooped the ground ball and fed Liberto, who found the net for the first time in his Bullet career just nine seconds after Gallant's goal. Jon Sowanick (Bethesda, MD/Bullis) made it 4-0 with the first of his two goals and Gallant scored again off a feed from fellow freshman Brian Pryor (Dallas, TX/St. Mark's) with 6:43 left in the first quarter. Gallant, Sowanick and Tripp Neville (Duxbury, MA/Duxbury) pushed the lead to 8-0 with goals in the final 3:57 of the opening quarter. John O'Bannon (Marshall, VA/Highland) gave Gettysburg a 9-0 edge early in the second before Owen Weaver snapped Ursinus' scoring drought on an unassisted marker with 4:54 remaining in the half.

In addition to Liberto and Sowanick, O'Bannon, Chase Stewart (Downingtown, PA/Downingtown) and Ridge MacLaren (Bryn Mawr, PA/Radnor) also scored two goals apiece on the day. The Bullets return to action on Saturday at No. 1 Salisbury. Game time is 1 p.m.