Gettysburg, PA – The Gettysburg Bullets advanced to their eighth straight Centennial Conference Championship after beating the upstart Muhlenberg Mules 13-3. The Bullets used a 5-0 first quarter and three of their first six goals coming off extra-man opportunities to coast to the ten goal win. Kyle McGrath and Joe Brody led the way for Gettysburg offensively with a hat trick apiece.
The run that the Muhlenberg Mules went on since March 29th has been impressive. They started the season a disappointing 2-4. From then on they needed to win out to make their first ever Centennial Tournament, and that’s exactly what they did. The Mules won eight straight games, including two one-goal games against F&M and Ursinus, who finished tied for fifth in the conference. Unfortunately, for the Mules, they couldn’t have caught Gettysburg at a worse time.
Coming off their first Centennial Conference loss in over a year, the Gettysburg Bullets hit their offensive stride today. From the get-go, the Bullets moved the ball at will and generated offensive opportunities with ease. They had a little bit of help as Muhlenberg played man-down for three minutes in the first quarter. Gettysburg made them pay on the extra-man as Trip Dyer capitalized twice from up-top and Zach Pucci added another EMO goal.
A late first quarter penalty to Luke Silverman of Muhlenberg came after he slid hard to Drew Duckworth and knocked him over, finishing on top of him. As he was trying to get up, Duckworth took out Silverman’s legs, but the referees didn’t see it. As Silverman was running off, he said something to one of the refs. Whatever he said was enough to get an immediate flag for unsportsmanlike conduct that would lead to Gettysburg’s fifth goal.
Muhlenberg would finally get on the board with 11:42 left in the second quarter to make it 6-1 before Gettysburg would go on a three goal run. One more Muhlenberg goal made it 9-2 halfway through the third before Gettysburg added another four as they coasted to the 13-3 lead. There might not have been a Gettysburg offensive possession in the second half that didn’t receive a “Keep it in” warning for stalling as the Bullets kept possession of the ball and clinically worked it around the perimeter.
Gettysburg dominated nearly every statistical category. The Bullets outshot the Mules 37-21 and picked up over twice as many groundballs (38-15). They were nearly perfect clearing the ball, successful on 22-of-30 attempts, while Muhlenberg struggled only managing to successfully clear it 13-of-20 times. Muhlenberg also was sloppier on offense as they had 18 turnovers to Gettysburg’s 11. Nine of Muhlenberg’s turnovers were counted as caused turnovers by Gettysburg as their defenders pressed out all over the field. They demonstrated an affinity for throwing back-checks all day. This strategy directly led to one Muhlenberg goal as a short-stick d-middie threw one and got beat much to the displeasure of the coaching staff. This might come back and hurt them if they try it against more powerful offensive teams.
The Bullets came out strong after a disappointing showing against another Centennial upstart in F&M last weekend. They’re pretty much a lock for the Centennial Conference regardless of what happens on Sunday. Gettysburg is going for their fifth straight Centennial Championship against Washington on Sunday at 1 pm.
While the Mules’ season didn’t end as they imagined, they certainly have to have pride in what they accomplished in the program’s most successful season ever. They finished the season at 10-5 and fourth in the Centennial Conference. Expect them to continue to get better, as every team in the Centennial does, every year.
From Press Release…
GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Sophomores Joe Brody (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) and Kyle McGrath (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) each notched a hat trick and the No. 3-ranked Gettysburg College men’s lacrosse team advanced to its eighth-straight Centennial Conference championship game, defeating Muhlenberg College 13-3 in the semifinals Friday afternoon at Clark Field.
Gettysburg (14-2) will now play No. 4 Washington (Md.) College, an 11-6 winner over No. 9 Haverford College in the other semifinal, in Sunday’s championship game at 1 p.m. Gettysburg and Washington have now advanced to meet in the Centennial championship game in all eight years that the conference has held a postseason tournament.
The Bullets never trailed after scoring the first six goals of the game. Gettysburg came up big on special teams, cashing in on 3-of-5 extra-man opportunities.
Junior Drew Duckworth (Rye, N.Y./Hotchkiss School (Conn.)) scored two goals and handed out one assist for the Bullets while senior Trip Dyer (Ocean View, Del./Worcester Prep (Md.)) contributed a pair of goals. Junior Zachary Furshman (Miami, Fla./Kent School (Conn.)) held the Mules to a pair goals while making seven saves over 52:35 of action.
With his final goal of the game, Brody reached the career 100-point plateau while upping his team-leading goal total to 44.
Andrew Bell collected six saves while playing the opening 44:41 in goal for Muhlenberg (10-5).
Sophomore Patrick Koehl (Shamong, N.J./St. Joseph’s Prep (Pa.)) put Gettysburg on the scoreboard when he punched in his third goal of the season with 9:25 left in the opening quarter. McGrath followed up with back-to-back goals four minutes apart, giving the Bullets a 3-0 advantage with 4:18 on the clock.
Dyer capped Gettysburg’s first-quarter scoring, firing in a pair of man-up goals, the second coming with 14 ticks showing, to give the Blue & Orange a 5-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Senior Ben Sufrin (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) made it three straight man-up goals for the Bullets when he converted 1:40 into the second quarter, pushing Gettysburg’s lead to 6-0. Mickey Norton broke up the shutout at the 11:42 mark before Brody and junior Zach Pucci (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) notched unassisted tallies over the final 5:21 to make it an 8-1 game at the break.
The Bullets out-shot Muhlenberg 25-8 in the opening half.
Gettysburg settled any doubt in the third quarter, when it outscored the Mules 4-1. Duckworth found the back of the net 1:33 into the stanza before Nick Fletcher made it 9-2 at the 6:11 mark. The Bullets then rattled off four straight goals, with Brody scoring twice over a 13-second span just before the three-minute mark of the third quarter, giving him his 11th hat trick of the year. Duckworth’s second goal of the game gave his team a 12-2 cushion heading into the final 15 minutes.
McGrath capped Gettysburg’s scoring with 7:55 left, posting his second hat trick of the season. Kyle Farris set the final score with a man-up goal with 1:52 remaining.
Gettysburg out-shot Muhlenberg 37-21 and held a 38-15 advantage in ground balls. The Mules won 11 of 19 face-offs.
|Joe Brody||(3, 0)|
|Drew Duckworth||(2, 1)|
|Kyle Mcgrath||(3, 0)|
|Ben Sufrin||(1, 1)|
|Zach Pucci||(1, 1)|
|Trip Dyer||(2, 0)|
|Patrick Koehl||(1, 0)|
|Danny Collura||(0, 1)|
|Tom O'donnell||(0, 1)|
|Zachary Furshman||7 (0.778)|
|Paul Collura||1 (1.000)|
|Charles Floeckher||1 (1.000)|
|John Gilfillan||0 (0.000)|