Gettysburg 16, Ohio Wesleyan 9

May 14, 2005

GETTYSBURG, Pa. Evan Gallant (Lutherville, MD/Loyola Blakefield) and Jon Sowanick (Bethesda, MD/Bullis) each scored three goals to lead No. 4 Gettysburg to a 16-9 victory over 11th-ranked Ohio Wesleyan in the second round of the 2005 NCAA Division III mens lacrosse championships on Saturday.

Gallant, Sowanick, Brian Pryor (Dallas, TX/St. Marks) and T.J. Liberto (Arnold, MD/St. Marys) combined to net eight goals in the first two periods, staking the Bullets (15-3) to a 13-6 halftime advantage.

Pryor added two assists to help Gettysburg win its 10th straight contest and advance to face top-ranked Salisbury in the national quarterfinals on Wednesday. The two-time defending champion Sea Gulls moved on with a 13-9 win over Cabrini.

John Schlegel scored five goals for the Battling Bishops (10-4), who were meeting the Bullets for the second time in the NCAA playoffs a 12-5 Ohio Wesleyan victory in 1989.

Sowanick and Chase Stewart (Downingtown, PA/Downingtown) each finished solo runs in the games first 3 minutes, 7 seconds to stake Gettysburg to a 2-0 lead, and the hosts never looked back.

Sowanick got things going off a Battling Bishop turnover, scoring unassisted at the 13:11 mark.

Stewart tallied his lone marker 1 minute, 18 seconds later to force an OWU timeout.

Chris Renzi (Fairport, NY/Fairport) won the fourth of 11 straight face-offs to start the game for the Bullets, and Pryor tallied unassisted 22 seconds after Harrison Iuliano cut the Battling Bishop deficit in half at 9:31.

Gallant scored off a Kevin Freehill (Baldwin, NY/Baldwin) assist with 7:53 to play in the first quarter to stretch the Bullet advantage to 4-1.

Schlegel took advantage of a man-up opportunity to cut the deficit to 4-2 at 6:20, but a minute later Liberto re-established the three-goal advantage.

Jared Harriman (Yarmouth, ME/Yarmouth) finished a back-and-forth end to first quarter with a solo marker with 49 seconds remaining in the period to give the Bullets a 7-4 lead.

Within the first two minutes of the second quarter, Jim Culp (Swarthmore, PA/Ridley) and Brian Ford (Niskayuna, NY/Niskayuna) pushed the lead to 9-4 with unassisted goals.

After Schlegel make it 9-5 with 11:39 to play until halftime, Liberto, Freehill and Sowanick all scored unassisted to make it a 12-5 game at the 4:37 mark.

After Schlegal broke through unassisted 3 minutes, 17 seconds into the third quarter, the defenses took over.

Harriman was the only Bullet who found the back of the net in a six-save period by Battling Bishop goalkeeper Paul McCommons, who finished the day with 12 stops.

The only other dent on Gettysburg keeper Pat Vaughan in a nine-shot quarter for Ohio Wesleyan was an unassisted tally by Jarred Law with 47 seconds remaining in the period.

Schlegel put the exclamation point on his five-goal day, finishing a Tyler Treece pass 21 seconds into the final quarter, pulling the Battling Bishops within 14-9.

Gallant and Sowanick capped their hat tricks with goals at the 14:24 and 7:35 marks, respectively.

Gallant scored off a Pryor assist while Sowanick drilled home a Gallant feed.

Vaughan finished the day with 10 saves.

The Bullets ended the contest holding a 17-10 advantage in face-offs, including 13 wins by Renzi one off his season high (14 against Messiah on Apr. 13).

In the earlier meeting this season, Salisbury defeated Gettysburg 13-7. Wednesdays game time will be announced on Monday.

-- Courtesy Gettysburg