Dickinson wins Centennial title
Cherry scores winning goal with nine seconds remaining
CARLISLE, Pa. – Gettysburg’s bid for a Centennial Conference title came up one goal short, as top-seeded and No. 6 Dickinson College defeated the second-seeded and 17th-ranked Bullets, 6-5 in a CC men’s lacrosse championship game that wasn’t decided until the final horn Sunday afternoon at Biddle Field.
With the win, Dickinson (16-1) claims its first Centennial Conference men’s lacrosse title and receives an automatic bid in the NCAA Division III tournament. Gettysburg (11-6) will hope for a possible at-large berth; the field will be announced on May 8.
Freshman Martin Manilla scored two goals for the Bullets while sophomore J.T. McCook finished with 15 saves. Matt Cherry and Bobby Kingsley each scored twice for Dickinson.
The Bullets trailed 5-2 early in the second half but held the Red Devils to one goal over the final 17:25. Senior Danno Lynch cut it to 6-5 when he scored 50 seconds into the fourth quarter, but Gettysburg was unable to find the equalizer as Dickinson goalie Greg Hanley made eight of his 16 saves in the final stanza.
Gettysburg took three shots in the final 4:36, and after a McCook save with 3:09 left, the Bullets called timeout. Lynch then came painfully close to tying it, as his blast from the left ricocheted off the right post with 1:51 to go.
The Bullets turned it over twice down the stretch, the second coming with just 43 seconds left. But the Orange & Blue regained possession with 23 ticks showing after Dickinson attempted a shot that sailed wide. After a shot from junior Pat Sartory (Ellicott City, Md./McDonogh School) was off the mark with 17 seconds left, Dickinson called timeout with 14.5 seconds remaining. Gettysburg had one final chance when Lynch drove to the cage on the restart, but the ball was knocked loose and rolled away from the net as time expired.
Gettysburg struck first, when Manilla took a feed from senior Ben Engleman and scored with 5:39 left in the opening quarter. Sartory had a shot ring off the crossbar with around 3:00 left before Kingsley answered at the other end for Dickinson, sending in an underhand shot with 2:27 left to make it 1-1 at the end of the first quarter.
Brian Gleason gave the Red Devils the lead 2:29 into the second quarter with a power-play tally before Sartory tied it with 11:01 left in the opening half. Senior Chris Cahill assisted on the goal, with Sartory bouncing in a shot from 10 yards out.
Dickinson took a 4-2 halftime lead after scoring the final two goals of the period. Kingsley struck again with 9:53 left to make it 3-2, as the Devils converted on their second power play of the game, before Christian Beitel capped the first-half scoring with a goal at the 6:14 mark.
The hosts completed a 3-0 spurt when Cherry scored 2:25 into the second half, going far post on a shot from the right to make it 5-2. But the Bullets answered with a pair of tallies late in the third quarter. Senior Chris Fumai glided in from midfield on a clear to score with 4:13 remaining before junior defenseman Billy Grayson sparked another Bullet goal after causing a turnover in the Dickinson zone. He picked up the loose ball and sent a pass to Sartory, who from midfield found a streaking Manilla on the right side. Manilla fired in his second goal of the day to make it a 5-4 game with 1:48 left in the quarter.
The Devils halted Gettysburg’s momentum, however, when Cherry sent home a sprawling shot from the left post that deflected off the goalie and dribbled into the cage, giving Dickinson a two-goal advantage with nine seconds remaining.
Lynch set the final score with his leaping shot the found the upper-right corner of the net. The goal increased Lynch’s career points total to 98.
The two teams each finished with 35 shots while sophomore Nick Avedisian led the Bullets at the X, going 10-for-15 on face-offs with seven ground balls.