#5 Shoremen Clinch Top Seed in Centennial with 13-8 Win Over #20 Bullets

#5 Shoremen Clinch Top Seed in Centennial with 13-8 Win Over #20 Bullets

Shoremen's Win Over Bullets is First Since 2004, Breaks 15-Game Losing Streak in Series

CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- Fifth-ranked host Washington College clinched the top seed in the upcoming Centennial Conference Men's Lacrosse Tournament with a 13-8 win over visiting 20th-ranked Gettysburg this afternoon on Kibler Field at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium. The Shoremen (12-1, 7-0 Centennial Conference) snapped a 15-game losing streak against the Bullets (8-5, 4-2) with the win, their first in the series since a 9-8 win in an NCAA Division III Quarterfinal on May 19th, 2004.

Gettysburg scored first as Derek Rubeling found Bijan Firouzan for a goal just 1:43 into the game. Washington answered by scoring three goals in a span of 1:45. Junior midfielder Grant Hughes (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) began the spurt with a goal with 12:01 to go in the first, senior midfielder Kodie Englehart (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) followed with a goal with 10:31 to play, and junior attackman Sam Birnbaum (Melville, N.Y./Half Hollows Hills East) fed junior midfielder Michael Trapp (White Plains, N.Y./White Plains) for another goal 15 seconds later. Firouzan then scored his second goal of the game with 9:11 to go in the quarter, but Hughes countered with a goal off an assist from senior midfielder Hunter Nowicki (Baltimore, Md./Franklin) with 8:22 left to push the lead back to two at 4-2. Robby Maddux scored the final goal of the first quarter for Gettysburg with 7:10 on the clock to pull the Bullets back to within a goal.

The Shoremen opened the second quarter with three straight goals. Senior attackman JD Campbell (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph) found the back of the net for an extra-man goal off an assist from Nowicki at 13:55, Englehart scored again 23 seconds later, and Campbell scored his second goal with 11:37 left in the second. Gettysburg got one back when Martin Manilla connected on a goal by Firouzan with 4:05 left, but sophomore midfielder Sid Looney (Westhampton, N.Y./Westhampton) scored off a Nowicki feed on an extra-man with 1:12 left to give Washington an 8-4 halftime lead. 

The Bullets clawed their way back to within two goals on the strength of a 3-1 third quarter. Nick Alibrandi scored off a feed from Jack Harvazinski with 10:45 on the clock before junior attackman Stephen Luck (Catonsville, Md./Boys' Latin) countered for the Shoremen with 6:54 remaining in the third. Manilla then scored with 2:10 remaining and Maddux assisted on an extra-man goal by Brendan Morris with two-tenths of a second left in the period.

The score remained 9-7 until Hughes scored off a feed from Englehart with 9:35 left in the quarter. Gettysburg answered with a Ruebling goal off a pass from Firouzan with 8:38 remaining before Washington ran off three straight goals to end the game. Campbell scored with 7:37 remaining, Hughes scored off an Englehart pass with 6:54 to go, and Campbell capped things off with a goal off another Englehart assist with 24 seconds left.

Campbell and Hughes finished with four goals a piece to lead all scorers. Campbell also scooped up six ground balls. Englehart added two goals and three assists for Washington, while Nowicki also had three assists. Trapp went 17-for-23 on face-offs and scooped up a game-best 10 ground balls. Senior goalie Ted DiSalvo (Boca Raton, Fla./Spanish River) made eight saves in the win for Washington.

Firouzan paced Gettysburg with three goals and one assist in the loss. Jon Maddalone made 23 saves in goal for the Bullets.

Washington held a massive 60-26 advantage in saves and a 43-20 margin in ground balls in the game. The Shoremen committed just six turnovers in the game to Gettysburg's 18. 

The Shoremen wrap up their regular season Wednesday with a 7:00 p.m. Centennial Conference home game against Swarthmore. They will host a Centennial Conference Tournament semifinal game a week later.