|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
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