#17 Bullets Fend Off #15 Shoremen, 13-11

#17 Bullets Fend Off #15 Shoremen, 13-11

Hughes Tallies Career-High Four Goals in Loss

CHESTERTOWN, MD -- 17th-ranked Gettysburg College took over sole possession of first place in the Centennial Conference with a 13-11 men's lacrosse win over 15th-ranked host Washington College on Kibler Field at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium this afternoon. The Bullets (9-3 overall, 5-0 Centennial) had a five-goal run in the first half that proved pivotal in the contest.

The Bullets took a 1-0 lead 2:59 into the game on a goal by Robby Maddux. The Shoremen (8-3, 5-1) responded with back-to-back goals by freshman attackman Grant Hughes (Alexandria, VA/St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) with 10:24 and 6:24 remaining in the first quarter, respectively, to pull ahead, 2-1. 

Gettysburg then ran off their five unanswered goals, taking a 6-2 lead on a an extra-man goal by Derek Ruebling off an assist from Martin Manilla with 8:29 to go in the second quarter. The Bullets held a 7-3 lead late in the half before Hughes scored off an assist from junior attackman Bennett Cord (Gaithersburg, MD/Gaithersburg) with 17 seconds left before the intermission.

Cord scored off an assist from freshman midfielder Michael Trapp (White Plains, NY/White Plains) eight seconds into the third quarter to trim the margin to 7-5, but the Bullets countered with an extra-man goal by Manilla off an assist from Caldwell Rohrbach with 9:06 left in the third quarter. That was the first of six times in the second half that the Shoremen cut the lead to two goals only to have the Bullets answer to push the lead back to three. Washington senior attackman Dominic Serio (Finksburg, MD/Mount St. Joseph) scored off a Cord assist with 36 seconds to go to cut the lead to two goals for the final time, but the Bullets won the ensuing face-off and came away with the two-goal win.

Maddux and Ruebling each had three goals in the win for Gettysburg, while Rohrbach had a goal and three assists and Manilla and Evan Thomas each had one goal and one assist. 

Hughes scored a career-high four goals for the Shoremen, while Cord had two goals and four assists and sophomore midfielder Kodie Englehart (Coronado, CA/Coronado) finished with two goals and one assist.

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