G'burg Rocks M'bury
March 12, 2005
GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Brian Pryor (Dallas, TX/St. Mark’s), Chase Stewart (Downingtown, PA/Downingtown) and Evan Gallant (Lutherville, MD/Loyola Blakefield) combined for nine goals and four assists to lead 13th-ranked Gettysburg past No. 3 Middlebury 18-6 in non-conference men’s lacrosse action on Wednesday.
Pryor, coming off a nine-point effort in his last home game, netted a team-high four goals and added one assist, helping the Bullets (3-2) outscore the Panthers 11-0 in the first and third quarters. Stewart tallied two goals and three assists while Gallant posted his first hat trick of the season.
Jon Sowanick (Bethesda, MD/Bullis) and Kevin Freehill (Baldwin, NY/Baldwin) each scored twice and dished out one assist in the win, Gettysburg’s fourth in eight meetings with Middlebury (2-1).
Nick Bastis led the Panthers with two goals while Aaron Herter added one goal and one assist. In what has become one of Division III’s most anticipated annual meetings, the Bullets left no doubt with a combination of sharp shooting and stifling defense.
Pryor and Sowanick started Gettysburg off on the right foot, scoring back-to-back goals in a span of 45 seconds to make it 2-0. Ted Leonard (Wallingford, PA/Strath Haven) followed with his first collegiate goal at the 5:56 mark of the first quarter and fellow defensive midfielder Brian Ford (Niskayuna, NY/Niskayuna) got into the act with a goal in the final minute.
Pryor struck again 5:31 into the second quarter off a feed from Stewart, capping the Bullets’ 5-0 game-opening run.
Herter put Middlebury on the board off a feed from Peter Mellen at 8:31, but goals from Sowanick and Freehill maintained Gettysburg’s five-goal cushion at 7-2 heading into the half’s final minute.
The Panthers struck twice in a span of 28 seconds to pull within 7-4 and nearly cut the margin to two, but a shot by Bastis at the horn was ruled to have gone in after time expired.
The Bullets ended Middlebury’s comeback hopes with a 7-0 third quarter. Chris Renzi (Fairport, NY/Fairport) started the outburst with an unassisted goal 1:53 into the quarter and defenseman Matt Smith (Quakertown, PA/Germantown Acad.) followed with his second goal in two games. Jared Harriman (Yarmouth, ME/Yarmouth) made it 10-4 with an unassisted marker at 10:10.
Two goals from Gallant and a goal and an assist from Pryor pushed the Gettysburg lead to 14-4 after three quarters. Stewart tallied three of his points in the final period, helping Gallant complete his hat trick 37 seconds into the quarter.
Pat Vaughan (Cockeysville, MD/Loyola Blakefield) finished with six saves for Gettysburg.
From Gettysburg Release.
Gettysburg's Brian Pryor
Gettysburg's Jon Sowanick
Gettysburg's Ted Leonard
Gettysburg's Ted Leonard to Brian Ford
Middlebury's Peter Mellen to Aaron Herter
Gettysburg's Jon Sowanick
Middlebury's Henry Sheehan to Jeff Pello
Gettysburg's Kevin Freehill
Middlebury's Nick Bastis
Middlebury's Jim Cabrera to Mark Foster
Middlebury hits this one a fraction of a second late at the end of the 1st half!
Gettysburg's Chris Renzi
Middlebury's Jamie Duke and Mike Murray
Gettysburg's Matt Smith
Gettysburg's Jared Harriman
Gettysburg's Chase Stewart
Gettysburg's T.J. Liberto to Evan Gallant
Gettysburg's Chase Stewart to Evan Gallant
Middlebury's Peter Mellen
Gettysburg's Matt Stanley