No. 16 Gettysburg Finishes Strong to Down Haverford

HAVERFORD, Pa. Sophomore Martin Manilla (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) scored four goals, including a pair of back-to-back tallies to fend off a late Haverford rally, and the 16th-ranked Bullets defeated the Black Squirrels 9-6 in the Centennial Conference opener for both teams Saturday afternoon at Swan Field.

It was the fifth hat trick of the season for Manilla, who helped Gettysburg (3-3, 1-0 CC) snap a three-game losing streak and beat Haverford in its Centennial Conference opener for the third year in a row. He has now scored 18 goals for the season.

Gettysburg outscored Haverford 7-1 in the second and third quarters and took a 7-3 lead into the fourth quarter. But the Black Squirrels (1-5, 0-1 CC) rattled off three unanswered goals in the final period, drawing to within one following a Phillip Valliant goal with 4:50 left. But Manilla scored 57 seconds apart inside the final two minutes as the Bullets secured the victory.

Making his first collegiate start, sophomore Jon Maddalone (Newtown, Pa./Choate Rosemary Hall [Conn.]) made a career-high 14 saves for Gettysburg while classmate Wes Lincoln (McLean, Va./Landon [Md.]) was a career-best 11 for 14 on face-offs.

Sophomore Henry Tesar (Lake Bluff, Ill./Avon Old Farms [Conn.]) added one goal, two assists, and six ground balls for the Bullets while junior Ryan Fumai (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's) and senior Pat Sartory (Ellicott City, Md./McDonogh School) finished with one goal and one assist apiece.

Valiant posted three goals and one assist for Haverford while Zack Cohen handed out four assists. Christian Clay scored two goals for the Squirrels while Joe Banno finished with nine saves.

Haverford outscored the Bullets 2-0 in the first quarter, but Fumai and Tesar jump-started the offense in the second quarter with a pair of goals 11 seconds apart. Tesar set up Fumai with 10:30 left in the opening half, and after the Bullets won the ensuing face-off, the two switched roles, as Tesar potted his first goal of the season off a Fumai dish to put Gettysburg up 2-1.

Sophomore Austin Dodson (Bethesda, Md./Landon) made it 3-1 with 4:29 left when he converted a feed from freshman Bijan Firouzan (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon), and Manilla capped the surge with 3:25 showing.

The Black Squirrels ended their drought when Clay scored with 2:08 remaining, pulling Haverford to within 4-3 at the intermission.

Gettysburg outshot Haverford 14-9 in the first half.

Maddalone helped preserve the lead at the start of the second half, making four saves over the opening seven-and-a-half minutes, including back-to-back stops in a six-second span midway through the stanza. Manilla then struck for his second straight goal, putting the Bullets ahead 5-3 with 6:27 to go.

Junior Evan Thomas (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) pushed the lead to 6-3 with 4:11 left in the third quarter, taking a pass from Sartory and burying a man-up goal. Sartory made it 7-3 when he scored off a Tesar assist with 2:27 on the clock.

Valliant had a hand in all three of Haverford's fourth-quarter goals, scoring two and assisting on another. The Squirrels had a chance to tie it but Maddalone made a save with 2:55 left.

Gettysburg returns to action next Saturday, when it hosts Muhlenberg College at 1:00 p.m. in another Centennial Conference affair.

2012-03-17



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