This season Washington College has let an opponent score double digits goals in only one game. If teams who play defense well also turn those wins into championships then WAC should be a contender. Gettysburg played well overall but couldn't score the necessary goals to win. The difference in a win for the Bullets and a loss was only a few inches on a couple of shots.
Both teams played fairly equally at the start of the game. It was noticeable that both teams wanted to go against any short sticks that were on the field playing defense. The ball was worked around often and then players would go from anywhere on the field, top, wing, x, it didn't matter. Players were getting open and getting shots off. This was true for both teams but it would be Washington College who would be more sucessful in converting. WAC would take the lead early off a goal from Stephen Berger but would have the score tied up shortly after by Gettysburg's Kevin Smith. Both teams had the ball on offense with plenty of chances to put the ball in the net. The end of the quarter would find the score at 2-1 advantage Washington College after a goal by Topher Brewer who was assisted by Jon Spivey. The game would once again be tied off a Matt Twombly goal with the assist going to Kevin Freehill. WAC would go on a 3 goal run to spread its lead to 3 with goals coming from Brent Renner, MIchael Dyal and Stephen Berger. O'Bannon scored with 1 second left to end the first half at 5-3.
The story of the second half was WAC's defense which after letting in John O'Bannon's second and final goal of the game shut out the Bullets offense. That goal came with just under a minute left to play in the third quarter. The last four goals of the game would all belong to Washington College. Stephen Berger would score his third goal of the game, Brent Renner added his second goal of the game and freshman Sam Lane picked up the final two tallies and previously fed Renner for his last goal. One of the goals Lane scored was unassisted while he connected on another off a feed from Berger. Gettysburg only had one extra man opportuinity and could not convert on it while WAC went 0-3 on its EMO chances.
Gettysburg failed to convert a late game classic fast break that would have ended their scoring drought. As that fast break went, so did the Bullets' offense. Washington goalie Richard Yost played a great game, stopping a number of close shots by the Gettysburg offense. The long sticks for Washington played solid defense and put pressure on the opposing attackmen wherever they were at on the field. In general the Shoremen were the aggressors especially but esppecially on the defensive end. It didn't help that the Gettysburg offense couldn't fall into gear. They had several opportunites where guys were getting open but the shots that were taken just didn't hit their mark. Two areas dominated by the Shoremen were in faceoffs which were won by a margin of 12 out of 16 and 35-24 in ground balls Sometimes the draw was won outright by LSM Tom Parr but other times there was a battle for the ground ball and more times than not, the Shoremen came up with the ball. Up next for Washington College is Franklin & Marshall while Gettysburg faces Messiah this week.
|Stephen Berger||(3, 2)|
|Sam Lane||(2, 1)|
|Brent Renner||(2, 0)|
|Topher Brewer||(1, 1)|
|Michael Dyal||(1, 0)|
|Jon Spivey||(0, 1)|
|Richard Yost||13 (0.765)|