Muhlenberg vs. Gettysburg
March 31, 2004
The Game Story:
ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Jake Van Nostrand (Baldwin, NY/Baldwin) collected a game-high five points and John O'Bannon (Marshall, VA/Highland) netted his first hat trick of the season to lead fifth-ranked Gettysburg over Muhlenberg 16-3 in Centennial Conference (CC) men's lacrosse action on Wednesday.

The senior duo tallied five of its eight points in the first quarter, helping the Bullets (5-1, 2-0 CC) jump to a 6-0 lead. O'Bannon scored all three of hits goals in the game's first 13:13 while Van Nostrand notched the 100th of his collegiate career with 2:44 left in the first quarter, finishing with two goals and three assists.

Pat Vaughan (Cockeysville, MD/Loyola) made 10 saves for Gettysburg, the sixth consecutive double-digit save total to start his collegiate career. The Bullets won for the 40th time in their last 42 CC games while snapping the Mules' four-game winning streak. John Kushay, Bradley Lutzer and James Robinson scored for Muhlenberg (5-2, 0-1 CC), in its second varsity season after returning from a 22-year hiatus in 2003.

Similar to Saturday's win by an identical score against Swarthmore, Gettysburg scored early and often. O'Bannon started the barrage with two goals in the first 4:32, the latter set up by Chase Stewart (Downingtown, PA/Downingtown). Matt Twombly (New Canaan, CT/New Canaan) scored unassisted at 4:01 and Van Nostrand netted career goal No. 100 with 2:44 left in the quarter. O'Bannon finished his hat trick off a Van Nostrand feed 57 seconds later and Jon Sowanick (Bethesda, MD/Bullis) scored his second goal in as many games to put the Bullets ahead 6-0 after one period.

Stewart, Kevin Smith (Baltimore, MD/McDonogh) and Twombly all scored in the first seven minutes of the second quarter to make it 9-0 before the Mules got on the board, courtesy of Kushay with 4:40 left in the half.

Van Nostrand picked up his third point of the game assisting Alec Knight's (Baltimore, MD/Calvert Hall) goal to close the half. Gettysburg led by as many as 13 on a Nick Purkat (Annandale, VA/W.T. Woodson) goal that made it 14-1 with 10:36 remaining.

Bullet freshman Andrew Mavraganis (Lancaster, PA/Hempfield) scored his first collegiate goal to close out the scoring with 1:21 left. Twombly, Smith and Knight finished with two goals apiece for Gettysburg while Campbell Henry (Chapel Hill, NC/Episcopal [VA]) won 12 of 16 face-offs and scored his first goal of the season. Justin Hollander added an assist for the Mules. Gavin Crescenzo made nine of his team's 11 saves.

The Bullets return to action on Saturday at home against top-ranked Salisbury, the defending Division III national champions. Game time is 1 p.m.