GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Senior Bobby DeWees scored a career-high four goals and junior Jon Maddalone made a save with 17 seconds left as No. 14 Gettysburg held off a late rally to pull out a thrilling 12-11 victory against No. 3 Lynchburg on Saturday afternoon at Musselman Stadium’s Shirk Field.
Gettysburg (3-1) scored the game’s first five goals and led 9-4 at halftime before the Hornets (4-1) used a 5-0 second-half run to climb back into it. Three times Lynchburg cut the deficit to one, but twice the Bullets answered with a goal before Maddalone’s late save.
The win marked the Bullets first victory against a team ranked in the top three since they defeated No. 1 SUNY Cortland 7-5 on March 6, 2010.
Sophomore Robby Maddux added two goals and two assists for Gettysburg while freshman Jameson Smith scored twice. Maddalone finished with 10 saves while senior Nick Avedisian went 14-for-26 on faceoffs and picked up a career-high 13 ground balls, the most by a Bullet since Jimmy Gates also had 13 in a 2007 win against Haverford.
Austin Stewart posted three goals and one assist for Lynchburg while Max Voumard also notched three goals. Adam Davey recorded 13 saves for the Hornets.
It was the first meeting between Lynchburg and Gettysburg, who finished with 40 shots apiece.
Stewart scored the game’s final goal with 1:17 left, and the Hornets won the ensuing faceoff before calling timeout with 27 seconds to go. Ten seconds later Vin Curran had his bouncer from the left wing stopped by Maddalone, and during a scrum in front of the cage Lynchburg was called for interference. The Bullets were then able to run out the remainder of the clock, clearing the ball up the field.
DeWees scored the game’s opening goal just 1:09 into the contest before junior Martin Manilla and Smith scored 49 seconds apart midway through the opening quarter off assists from Maddux to make it 3-0. Maddux closed out the period with a goal of his own with 21 seconds left, then struck again 36 seconds into the second half to give the Orange and Blue their early 5-0 advantage.
Lynchburg came right back with three quick goals during a 2:01 spurt to draw to within two; however, Gettysburg answered with a 4-0 run to assume a 9-3 advantage with 1:31 on the clock. Avedisian kicked off the surge, scoring his first collegiate goal with 9:27 remaining. DeWees added back-to-back tallies before Smith finished off the outburst.
Derek Sweet stemmed the rally for the Hornets when he scored with four ticks showing to make it a five-goal game at the break.
Senior Ryan Fumai scored his first goal of the year with 10:03 left in the first quarter to put the Bullets back up by six. However, that’s when Lynchburg assembled its 5-0 run. The Hornets scored twice in the last 2:21 of the third quarter to make it 10-6, and the visitors tacked on three more goals in the opening 4:36 of the final quarter to make it 10-9, prompting a Gettysburg timeout with 10:24 left.
Sophomore Bijan Firouzan scored a big goal for the Bullets with 6:37 remaining to make it 11-9 before Voumard answered with 5:29 left. DeWees then connected for his fourth goal on a runner with 4:55 to go that made it 12-10 before Stewart’s late tally.