No. 20 Gettysburg wins 2OT thriller
Tesar scores the game-winning goal to lead Bullets past Garnets
GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- Sophomore Henry Tesar scored the game-winning goal 18 seconds into the second overtime and the 20th-ranked Gettysburg rallied from a three-goal, second-half deficit to beat Swarthmore 8-7 at Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The Bullets (6-3, 3-0 CC), who won their fourth game in a row, trailed 6-3 late in the third quarter before going ahead with a 4-0 run. Swarthmore (3-4, 1-2 CC) sent the game to overtime when it scored with 7:31 left in regulation.
Junior Ryan Fumai chased down a loose ball on the opening face-off of the second overtime near the left side the field. He then centered a pass to junior long-stick midfielder Ian Casella around the 30-yard line. Casella raced it downfield before passing it in front of the cage to Tesar, who wheeled around to score from five yards away.
It was Gettysburg’s first overtime game since a 9-8 double-overtime victory against Cabrini on March 16 of last season.
Sophomore Martin Manilla notched his seventh hat trick of the year for Gettysburg, scoring the team’s first three goals while pushing his season total to 25. Tesar finished with two goals while freshman Bijan Firouzan scored one goal and dished out three assists – the most by a Bullet this season. Sophomore Austin Dodson added one goal and one assist.
Sophomore Jon Maddalone made eight saves for the Bullets while classmate Wes Lincoln had another solid day on face-offs, winning 14-of-20 while picking up eight ground balls. Fumai contributed five ground balls.
Ian Lukaszewicz led Swarthmore with two goals and one assist while Jonathan Molloy and Zach Belden scored two goals each. Michael Brockway made seven saves for the Garnet.
Gettysburg has now held each of its opponents to seven goals or less during its current winning streak.
The Bullets led just twice on the afternoon after Swarthmore scored the game’s first goal. Manilla tied it with 10:05 left in the opening quarter before the Garnet put up three consecutive tallies to assume a 4-1 advantage with 6:24 left in the first half.
Manilla scored again with 2:35 showing to make it a 4-2 game at the half.
Neither side scored again before a four-goal outburst in a 3:09 stretch late in the third quarter. Belden and Lukaszewicz sandwiched a pair of goals around Manilla’s final marker as the Garnet took its 6-3 lead with 4:48 to go in the third. But 29 seconds later, Fumai sparked the Bullets rally when he scored off Firouzan’s final assist.
Tesar, Firouzan, and Dodson all scored unassisted goals in the fourth quarter, and Dodson’s runner from 15 yards out made it 7-6 with 9:40 left before Lukaszewicz’s equalizer.
The Bullets outshot the Garnet 3-1 in the first OT session, but Maddalone made the only save for either goalie when he stoned Molloy on the left post with 1:07 left.
For the game, Gettysburg finished with advantages in shots (36-21) and ground balls (38-26). The Bullets also used their ride effectively, as Swarthmore finished just 15-for-23 on clears.