Gettysburg Tops Men's Lacrosse Team
March 22, 2005
3/23/05 - Middlebury lost its first game of the season as 13th-ranked Gettysburg topped No. 3 Middlebury 18-6 in non-conference men's lacrosse action on Wednesday.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
Bryan Pryor netted a team-high four goals and added one assist, helping the Bullets (3-2) outscore the Panthers 11-0 in the first and third quarters. Chase Stewart tallied two goals and three assists while Gallant posted his first hat trick of the season. Jon Sowanick (<?xml:namespace prefix = "st1" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Bethesda, MD/Bullis) and Kevin Freehill (Baldwin, NY/Baldwin) each scored twice and dished out one assist in the win, Gettysburg's fourth in eight meetings with Middlebury (2-1).
Nick Bastis led the Panthers with two goals while Aaron Herter added one goal and one assist.
Pryor and Sowanick started Gettysburg off on the right foot, scoring back-to-back goals in a span of 45 seconds to make it 2-0. Ted Leonard (Wallingford, PA/Strath Haven) followed with his first collegiate goal at the 5:56 mark of the first quarter and fellow defensive midfielder Brian Ford (Niskayuna, NY/Niskayuna) got into the act with a goal in the final minute.
Pryor struck again 5:31 into the second quarter off a feed from Stewart, capping the Bullets' 5-0 game-opening run.
Herter put Middlebury on the board off a feed from Peter Mellen at 8:31, but goals from Sowanick and Freehill maintained Gettysburg's five-goal cushion at 7-2 heading into the half's final minute.
The Panthers struck twice in a span of 28 seconds to pull within 7-4 and nearly cut the margin to two, but a shot by Bastis at the horn was ruled to have gone in after time expired.
The Bullets ended Middlebury's comeback hopes with a 7-0 third quarter.
Chris Renzi (Fairport, NY/Fairport) started the outburst with an unassisted goal 1:53 into the quarter and defenseman Matt Smith (Quakertown, PA/Germantown Acad.) followed with his second goal in two games. Jared Harriman (Yarmouth, ME/Yarmouth) made it 10-4 with an unassisted marker at 10:10.
Two goals from Gallant and a goal and an assist from Pryor pushed the Gettysburg lead to 14-4 after three quarters. Stewart tallied three of his points in the final period, helping Gallant complete his hat trick 37 seconds into the quarter.
The Bullet defense held the Panthers to 16 of their 26 shots in the first three quarters and kept Middlebury without a goal for 26 minutes, 49 seconds during the hosts' 11-0 run.
Pat Vaughan (Cockeysville, MD/Loyola Blakefield) finished with six saves for Gettysburg.
Score by Quarter 1 2 3 4 - F
#3 Middlebury (2-1) 0 4 0 2 - 6
#13 Gettysburg (3-2) 4 3 7 4 - 18
Middlebury: Nick Bastis 2, Mark Foster, Aaron Herter, Jeff Pello, Mike Murray.
Gettysburg: Brian Pryor 4, Evan Gallant 3, Chase Stewart 2, Jon Sowanick 2, Kevin Freehill 2, Chris Renzi, Jared Harriman, Brian Ford, Ted Leonard, Matt Smith.
Middlebury: Herter, Henry Sheehan, Peter Mellen, Jim Cabrera.
Gettysburg: Stewart 3, Pryor, Sowanick, Freehill, Leonard, T.J. Liberto.
Shots: M 26, G 30. Ground Balls: M 35, G 37. Goalies: M (Alex Palmisano - 38:12, 4 saves, 12 GA; Matt Levy - 21:48, 0 saves, 6 GA), G (Pat Vaughan - 58:02, 6 saves, 6 GA; Stuart Brown - 1:58, 0 saves, 0 GA). Extra-Man: M 0 of 2, G 1 of 2. Face-Offs: M 17, G 11. Clearing: M 12 of 15, G 17 of 23. Penalties: M 2 for 1:30, G 2 for 1:30