GETTYSBURG, PA -- Twentieth-ranked host Gettysburg College opened up an 8-2 halftime lead en route to a 16-6 Centennial Conference men's lacrosse win over visiting Washington College this afternoon in Gettysburg, PA. The Bullets improved to 8-5 overall and 4-2 in conference play with the win, while the Shoremen fell to 4-7 and 2-5 with the loss.
Gettysburg scored on its first two shots of the game as J.C. Ward opened the scoring with 13:19 left in the first quarter and Pat Sartory followed with a goal off an assist from Andrew Ryan at 10:15. The Shoremen got on the board when sophomore midfielder Patrick Coyle (Reisterstown, MD/Calvert Hall) scored off an assist from sophomore attackman Glen Tompkins (Manhasset, NY/Manhasset) with 6:34 left in the quarter to cut the deficit to 2-1. The Bullets made it three-for-three on shots 49 seconds later as Ward scored again to make it 3-1. Gettysburg tacked on its fourth goal of the first quarter when Martin Manilla scored off a feed from Ian Casella with 1:32 to go.
The Bullet lead grew to five goals early in the second quarter as Sartory scored from Henry Tesar with 12:39 left in the quarter and Tesar scored off an assist from Manilla 16 seconds later. The Shoremen got their second goal of the game when freshman midfielder Hunter Nowicki (Baltimore, MD/Franklin) scored with 3:20 left in the half. The Bullets stretched the lead to six goals late in the quarter as on a pair of Chris Cahill goals with 2:09 and 1:16 left before the intermission, respective. Ward assisted on the second of those two goals by Cahill.
Washington cut the deficit to five goals when senior midfielder Shane Kaski (Mosley, VA/Midlothian) opened the third-quarter scoring with a goal 1:22 into the period. Ward answered for the Bullets with his third goal of the game with 11:05 remaining in the third. Goals by Tesar (with 9:33 to go) and Chris Fumai (off a Tesar assist 30 seconds later) opened up an eight-goal lead for the hosts, while Danno Lynch made the score 12-3 with a goal off an assist from Tyler Feeley with 6:36 left in the period.
The Shoremen opened up the fourth-quarter scoring when sophomore defenseman Johnny Poe (Coronado, CA/Coronado) scored his first collegiate goal 15 seconds into the period. Washington scored again just 1:04 later as Tompkins found the back of the net to make it 12-5, but the Bullets ended the Shoremen's mini run with a Sartory goal off an assist from Ben Engleman with 12:48 on the clock. Cahill tacked on the 14th goal for the Bullets off an assist from Sartory with 9:36 left, Lynch followed with a goal with 8:20 to go, and Tesar scored off an assist from Evan Thomas with 7:02 remaining to give Gettysburg a 16-5 lead. Nowicki netted his second goal of the game for the Shoremen with 5:53 remaining.
Tesar, Sartory, Ward, and Cahill each scored three goals in the win for the Bullets, who held a 34-21 advantage in shots in the game. Tesar also had two assists, while Sartory and Ward had one each. Nick Avedisian went 17-of-22 on face-offs for Gettysburg and scooped up nine ground balls along the way.
Nowicki led the Shoremen offensively with his pair of goals. Tompkins added a goal and an assist.
The Shoremen return to action Wednesday with a 7:00 p.m. Centennial Conference game at Swarthmore.