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Kurpis, #3 Gettysburg beat #11 Washington College

Posted Monday, April 09, 2007 by .

#3 Gettysburg Pulls Away from #11 Washington College

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – No. 3 Gettysburg scored three goals each in the third and fourth quarters to break open a one-goal game and earn its fifth straight win over Washington (Md.), 9-3, in Centennial Conference (CC) action at Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Junior midfielder Ben Sufrin (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) netted his first career hat trick, and the Bullet defense held the Shoremen to just 14 shots.

Gettysburg (7-2, 3-1 CC) junior attackman Trip Dyer (Ocean View, Del./Worcester Prep [Md.]) netted two goals, including the game winner, and an assist to tie Sufrin for the game high in points. Freshman attackman Joe Brody (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) also scored twice.

Washington (8-3, 3-2 CC) junior attackman Chris Read, who came into the game averaging 4.10 points per game, was held to just one goal, which he scored less than two minutes into the game. Senior midfielder Anthony Hidell led the team with a goal and an assist for two points.

Read gave the Shoremen the early lead on a point-blank shot from near the right post, but Gettysburg senior midfielder Jimmy Gates (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) consistently gave his team possession by winning the game’s first eight faceoffs. He would take 11-of-16 overall and scoop four ground balls. Washington did not win a faceoff until after Dyer had scored the game-winning goal with 4:21 to go in the third quarter.

After Read’s goal, Gettysburg controlled possession but it took almost seven minutes to tie it up. Brody picked up a ground ball behind the net after a wide shot, rounded the crease and made a nice spin move to deposit the tying goal. Just 1:27 later, Sufrin struck for the first time, firing through a screen that kept Washington sophomore goalie Gordon Cohen from seeing the ball until it was by him. Washington evened it up again with 11:26 to go before halftime on an unassisted strike by Hidell. Less than four minutes later, Sufrin gave Gettysburg the lead for good on a long run from the left side.

Cohen made a big save on Brody in the last five seconds of the second quarter that temporarily kept the Bullets from broadening the lead. When Dyer scored late in the third, he opened up a three-goal run in a 2:02 span that pushed the Gettysburg advantage to 6-2.

With just 13 seconds left in the quarter, junior midfielder Kolyn Kirby tacked on a man-up goal from just outside the crease that ended the Bullets’ run. That would be all the closer the visitors would get though, as Gettysburg tacked on three goals in a five-minute stretch of the fourth quarter.

The Bullets will be back in action on Wednesday when they welcome McDaniel to Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium. The opening faceoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.

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GETTYSBURG, PA -- Third-ranked host Gettysburg College scored six of the seven second-half goals in a 9-3 Centennial Conference men's lacrosse victory over visiting 11th-ranked Washington College this afternoon in Gettysburg, PA. Gettysburg improved to 7-2 overall and 3-1 in conference play with the win, while the Shoremen fell to 8-3 and 3-2 with the loss.

Washington opened the scoring 1:59 into the game as junior attackman Chris Read (Baltimore, MD/Boys Latin) scored off a feed from senior midfielder Anthony Hidell (Wilmington, DE/Tower Hill). The Bullets tied the score on a goal by Joe Brody with 6:59 left in the first quarter and pulled ahead, 2-1, when Trip Dyer found Ben Sufrin for a goal with 5:32 left in the period.

Hidell knotted the score at 2-2 with a goal with 11:26 left in the second quarter, but the Bullets retook the lead by halftime as Sufrin scored with 7:46 to go before the intermission to give Gettysburg a 3-2 advantage.

The Bullets took control of the game in the final five minutes of the third quarter, scoring three goals. Dyer scored with 4:21 on the clock, Brody fired in a goal at 3:40, and Sufrin scored at 2:19 to give Gettysburg a 6-2 lead. Washington managed to get back on the scoreboard before the end of the period, however, as sophomore attackman Jimmy Kielek (Baltimore, MD/Archbishop Curley) found junior midfielder Kolyn Kirby (Chestertown, MD/Kent County) for an extra-man goal with 13 seconds left in the third to trim the lead to 6-3.

Zach Pucci opened the fourth-quarter scoring for the Bullets with 10:43 left and Andrew Mavraganis made it 8-3 1:46 later. Dyer added another goal, this time off an assist from Greg Montgomery, with 5:43 on the clock, to provide the final margin.

Suffrin led Gettysburg with three goals, while Dyer had two goals and one assist and Brody tallied two goals. Hidell led Washington with one goal and one assist. Pat Vaughn made three saves for the Bullets, while sophomore goalie Gordon Cohen (New Canaan, CT/New Canaan) made six stops for the Shoremen.

Gettysburg held a 26-14 advantage in shots in the game and a 38-26 advantage in ground balls. Jimmy Gates took all 16 face-off for the Bullets, winning 11.

The Shoremen return to action Wednesday with a 7:00 p.m. Centennial Conference home game against Swarthmore.

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