Luck Scores Twice; Allen and Powers With Goal and Assist Each
GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Host #2 Gettysburg broke the game open by scoring the last six goals of the second quarter to take a 12-4 lead into halftime on its way to a 23-5 win over visiting Washington College in the semifinal round of the 2015 Centennial Conference Men's Lacrosse Tournament at Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. The Bullets improve to 16-0 overall, while the Shoremen finish their season at 6-10.
The Bullets scored three times in the first 3:19 of the game to take a 3-0 lead. Sean Fumai scored 1:09 into the game unassisted from the left side to give Gettysburg a 1-0 lead. The hosts made it 2-0 when Bijan Firouzan scored off of a Jimmy Morris feed with 12:57 left in the first quarter and Fumai scored his second of the game with 11:41 to go in the first to make it 3-0 on a man-up tally. The Shoremen got onto the board with 10:06 to go in the first on an unassisted goal by senior attackman Stephen Luck (Catonsville, Md./Boys' Latin) to trim the lead to 3-1 from the left side. But Gettysburg answered with 7:55 to go in the quarter on a Jameson Smith goal from Robby Maddux to make it 4-1 and with 4:56 left in the quarter Firouzan scored unassisted to push the lead to 5-1. The Shoremen took advantage of a man-up situation to cut it to 5-2 with 3:37 remaining when freshman attackman Tanner Barbieri (Wayne, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) scored from senior midfielder Luke Birnbaum (Melville, N.Y./Half Hollows Hills East). The Shoremen would reduce the lead to two with 1:26 left in the first when sophomore midfielder Matt Allen (Wrentham, Mass./Bishop Feehan) found the upper left corner with freshman attackman Tyler Powers (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) notching the assist. Gettysburg got the last goal of the first with 17.7 seconds left on a Smith score unassisted.
Powers got the opening goal of the second quarter from senior attackman Sam Birnbaum (Melville, N.Y./Half Hollows Hills East) to cut the lead to 6-4 with 12:31 left in the first half, but Smith scored unassisted 42 ticks later to make it 7-4. Jimmy Morris made it 8-4 with 9:36 left in the second on an unassisted score and 66 seconds Mike Distler scored unassisted to push the lead to 9-4. Gettysburg increased its lead to 10-4 with 4:23 left on a Fumai goal and Maddux finished off a Firouzan feed to make it 11-4 for the hosts with 2:46 remaining. Gettysburg scored on a man-up situation with 59.6 seconds left by Maddux to push the lead to 12-4 on a Jimmy Morris pass and that would be the score at halftime as the hosts scored the last six goals of the quarter after allowing the opening goal.
In the third quarter, the Bullets outscored the Shoremen 8-0 and in the fourth quarter by a 3-1 margin as Luck scored the third goal of the fourth quarter with 10:01 to go from Allen.
Smith had game-highs of four assists and seven points to go along with three goals to spark the Gettysburg attack. Maddux had a game-high five goals and totaled six points, Firouzan had four goals and five points and Jimmy Morris had four points on two goals and two assists. In goal, Tim Brady made five saves in the first 49:59, while Jake Adoni made two saves in the last 10:01.
Luck had two goals to lead Washington, while Allen and Powers had a goal and an assist. At face-off, senior midfielder/face-off specialist Michael Trapp (White Plains, N.Y./White Plains) won 12-of-21 at face-off and scooped up a game-high six ground balls, while sophomore midfielder/face-off specialist Kyle Gangemi (Elkton, Md./Salesianum Del.) won 8-of-11 face-offs as the team won 20 of the contest's 32 face-offs.
The Bullets held a 46-32 advantage in shots and were 15-for-16 in clears, while the Shoremen were 7-for-8. Gettysburg held a 30-29 edge in ground balls and only turned it over 12 times, while the Shoremen lost it 21 times. The Bullets were a perfect 3-for-3 in man-up situations, while the Shoremen were 1-for-3.
Representing the Shoremen for the last time today were 12 seniors and they were for Luke Birnbaum, Sam Birnbaum, Luck, Trapp, goalie Andrew Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes), defender Ryan Castellon (Dovel, Del./Caesar Rodney), midfielder David Pim (Gaithersburg, Md./Heights School), midfielder Grant Hughes (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen's & St. Agnes), defender Dan Pulzello (Glen Rock, N.J./Don Bosco Prep), long-stick midfielder Gavin Shuart (Galesville, Md./Calverton School), defender Tyler Shaw (Bechtelsville, Pa./Boyertown), and attackman Adam Smith (Cockeysville, Md./Loyola Blakefield). In addition to being a part of the 2014 Centennial Conference Championship team, the senior class at Washington went to four Centennial Conference Tournaments and three NCAA Tournaments.