#2 Bullets Edge Shoremen, 11-9, But Shoremen Still Qualify For CC Tournament

#2 Bullets Edge Shoremen, 11-9, But Shoremen Still Qualify For CC Tournament

Trapp Wins 16-of-19 Face-Offs, Scores Twice and Scoops Up Seven Groundballs

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Host #2 Gettysburg outscored visiting Washington College 6-2 in the second and third quarters to come away with an 11-9 victory over visiting Washington College in a Centennial Conference men's lacrosse game on Saturday afternoon at Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium.  The Bullets conclude the regular season at 15-0 and 8-0 in the Centennial Conference, while the Shoremen conclude the regular season at 6-9 and 5-3 respectively.

Despite the loss, the Shoremen qualified for the 2015 Centennial Conference Tournament and will be the fourth seed for the upcoming tournament.  The squad will be back in Gettysburg on Wednesday to play the top seeded Bullets.  Game time will be announced on Monday.  Washington got the final spot when Ursinus topped McDaniel 12-7 on Saturday afternoon.

The Shoremen scored 19 seconds into the game when senior midfielder/face-off specialist Michael Trapp (White Plains, N.Y./White Plains) scored unassisted to give the guests a 1-0 lead.  The Bullets tied it at 1-1 with 11:12 left in the first quarter on a Brendan Morris goal on a pass from Robby Maddux.  Six seconds later Trapp put Washington back ahead 2-1 when he won the face-off and scored his second goal of the game.  Gettysburg would tie it with 8:45 left in the first when Maddux scored from Jack Harvazinski.  WC would make it 3-2 with 4:49 to go in the first when freshman attackman Tyler Powers (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) finished off a feed from sophomore midfielder Matt Allen (Wrentham, Mass./Bishop Feehan).  Maddux would tie the game at 3-3 with his second goal of the quarter from Jimmy Morris 2:38 left in the first.  The Shoremen would close the quarter with two goals from senior midfielder Luke Birnbaum (Melville, N.Y./Half Hollows Hills East) to take a 5-3 lead.  The senior gave Washington a 4-3 lead with 1:07 left after he picked up a ground ball and put the Shoremen ahead by two goals with 29 ticks left on a man-up goal from senior attackman Stephen Luck (Catonsville, Md./Boys' Latin).

Gettysburg scored all three goals in the second quarter to take a 6-5 lead into halftime.  Andrew Toner trimmed the lead to 5-4 from Sean Fumai with 8:54 to go and Toner found Paul Werner to tie the contest with 4:24 left to level the game at 5-5.  Jimmy Morris would give the hosts the lead for the first time with 2:53 to go in the second with Werner notching the helper.  In the second, Bullets goalie Tim Brady made 11 saves and did not all a score.

Washington would tie the game 4:12 into the third quarter at 6-6 on an unassisted goal by sophomore midfielder Stephen Goff, Jr. (Prince Frederick, Md./Calverton School).  But just 1:09 later Gettysburg retook the lead at 7-6 on a Jameson Smith goal from Werner with 9:39 remaining in the third.  Washington would answer with 7:06 left in the quarter on a Luck goal from Luke Birnbaum to level the contest at 7-7.  The Bullets would score twice in the last 1:57 of the third to take a 9-7 lead going into the fourth.  Fumai scored on a man-up situation with 1:57 left on a pass from Smith and Bijan Firouzan finished off a pass from Werner with 34 seconds remaining to give the hosts a two-goal lead going into the fourth.

In the fourth, Luck scored 1:44 into the quarter to reduce the Gettysburg lead to 9-8, but Firouzan answered with 10:57 to go on a Smith helper to restore the lead to two at 10-8.  Senior attackman Sam Birnbaum (Melville, N.Y./Half Hollows Hills East) scored unassisted to cut the lead to 10-9 with 9:22 remaining, but Smith countered with 4:50 left to give the Bullets an 11-9 lead and close out the scoring.

Smith and Werner each had four points as Smith had two goals and two assists, while Werner had a game-high three helpers and tallied a goal.  Maddux had two goals and an assist, while Firouzan had a pair of scores to go along with a team-best four ground balls.  Fumai, Jimmy Morris and Toner each had two points on a goal and an assist.  Ben Armellini had three caused turnovers to lead all players.  In goal, Brady made 16 saves, including 11 in the second quarter. 

Trapp won 16 face-offs in 19 attempts as Washington 17 of the contest's 21 face-offs.  He also scored a pair of goals and had seven ground balls to lead all players.  Luck and Luke Birnbaum each had three points on two goals and one assist.  In goal, sophomore goalie Jackson Szurley (Lincoln, R.I./Moses Brown) made 12 saves.

Washington outshot Gettysburg 43-40 and held a 30-22 edge in ground balls in the game, but turned it over 14 times, compared to just nine for the hosts.  The Bullets were 20-for-22 in clears, while the Shoremen were 10-for-11.  Both teams were 1-for-4 in man-up situations.

The Shoremen will be participating in the Centennial Conference Tournament for the 13th time in the 15-year history of the tournament.