Second-Half Push Lifts Bullets to Victory at Widener

CHESTER, Pa. Gettysburg outscored host Widener University 5-0 over a 14:22 span in the second half and the 20th-ranked Bullets won their third straight game, defeating the Pride 9-6 in a non-conference match-up Wednesday evening.

For the second game in a row, the Bullets (5-3) received balanced scoring, with seven players finding the back of the net. Making his first collegiate start, freshman attackman Robby Maddux (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) scored two goals and handed out one assist while sophomore Austin Dodson (Bethesda, Md./Landon) also scored twice.

Freshman Bijan Firouzan (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) and sophomore Martin Manilla (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) contributed one goal and one assist each while sophomore Jon Maddalone (Newtown, Pa./Rosemary Choate Hall [Conn.]) made nine saves, earning his third straight victory. Sophomore Wes Lincoln (McLean, Va./Landon [Md.]) won 11 of 17 face-offs.

Eight Bullets scored a goal on Saturday in Gettysburg's 13-5 win over Muhlenberg.

Ryan Shewell scored two goals for Widener (2-6) while Johnny Casey and Mark Kane had one goal and one assist apiece. Bobby Schluter played the first half in goal and made three saves before Mac Nestler stopped four shots in the second half.

The Pride led 2-0 at the end of the first quarter before Gettysburg found its groove. Just as they did against Muhlenberg, the Bullets came out hot in the second quarter, scoring three goals over the opening 3:11. Maddux got things started, converting a feed from Manilla just 29 seconds into the period for his first collegiate goal. Dodson followed up with a pair of back-to-back unassisted tallies before Manilla scored a man-up goal off an assist from Maddux with 4:09 on the clock to give the Bullets a 4-2 halftime lead.

Widener quickly answered, however, as Shewell tied it with a pair of goals in the opening four minutes of the half. But that's when Gettysburg embarked on its decisive run, with five different Bullets contributing a goal. Junior Bobby DeWees (Wilmington, Del./Wilmington Friends) scored 55 seconds after Shewell's second goal, then junior Evan Thomas (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) and sophomore Henry Tesar (Lake Bluff, Ill./Avon Old Farms [Conn.]) struck before the end of the third quarter to make it 7-4 heading into the fourth.

Firouzan continued the run when he scored with 13:30 left, then set up Maddux's second goal as Gettysburg's lead swelled to 9-4. Widener cut it to four when it scored with 5:54 left but was shut out down the stretch until it set the final score with 35 seconds to go.

Gettysburg returns to Centennial Conference action on Saturday, when it hosts Swarthmore College at 1:00 p.m.

2012-03-28



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