No. 18 Gettysburg Holds off Ursinus in CC Action

GETTYSBURG, Pa. Junior midfielder Ryan Fumai (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's) scored a career-high four goals, including a big insurance tally late in the game, and 18th-ranked Gettysburg held off a late Ursinus rally and defeated the Bears, 12-9, Saturday afternoon in a Centennial Conference affair at Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium on Senior Day.

The Bullets (7-3, 4-0 CC), who won their fifth game in a row and stayed undefeated in conference play, led 9-1 in the third quarter and 10-3 early in the fourth quarter before Ursinus (5-6, 1-3 CC) climbed back into it with a 6-1 run. Jake Weber pulled the Bears to within two when he scored a man-up goal with 3:36 left, but Fumai making his first collegiate start scored off a feed from senior Caldwell Rohrbach (Seattle, Wash./Seattle Academy) to quell the charge.

Freshman Robby Maddux (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) added a season-high three goals to go with one assist while Rohrbach tallied one goal and three helpers. With his first assist, Rohrbach reached 100 points for his career after scoring 92 over his first three seasons at St. Lawrence University.

Sophomore Martin Manilla (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) added two goals for Gettysburg while Weber paced the Bears with three goals. Dave Kraus added two goals and an assist while T.J. Magnani made 12 saves. Sophomore Jon Maddalone (Newtown, Pa./Choate Rosemary Hall [Conn.]) stopped three shots for the Bullets to improve to 5-0 between the pipes.

Gettysburg's five seniors Billy Grayson (Washington, D.C./St. Albans's), Matt McMurray (Orangeville, Ont./Hill Academy), Rohrbach, Pat Sartory (Ellicott City, Md./McDonogh School), and Dylan Schmitz (Providence, R.I./Moses Brown) were honored in a brief ceremony before the game.

The Bullets led just 1-0 after the first quarter, with Fumai scoring the game's opening goal with 4:54 left in the period. But Gettysburg outscored the Bears 3-1 in the second stanza to take a 4-1 advantage into the locker room. Maddux found paydirt with 12:04 on the clock before Fumai added two more goals, with his second coming with 48 seconds remaining.

Gettysburg continued its surge in the second half, with five different players scoring to make it a 7-0 Bullet run. Manilla, Rohrbach, freshman Jack Harvazinski (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) all scored during a 1:15 blitz early in the period before Maddux and sophomore Derek Ruebling (Morristown, N.J./Delbarton) delivered to make it 9-1 with 43 ticks showing in the third quarter.

Weber and Kraus ended the drought for Ursinus, which hadn't scored since the 11:07 mark of the second quarter, when they scored eight seconds apart in the last 14 seconds to make it 9-3 heading into the fourth quarter.

Manilla and Maddux sandwiched a pair of goals around a Mark Stratton tally to assume an 11-4 advantage with 9:29 left. But that's when the Bears erupted for five unanswered goals over a 5:22 stretch to close the gap to 11-9 with 3:36 left. However, junior Nick Avedisian (Laytonsville, Md./The Bullis School) won the ensuing face-of for Gettysburg, and the Bullets were able to take over a minute off the clock before Fumai struck from the left post on a cross-crease dish from Rohrbach.

Ursinus took three shots the rest of the way but only one was on goal, which Maddalone denied.

Gettysburg outshot Ursinus 43-26. The teams split their 24 face-off, with Avedisian finishing 10 for 18 at the X.

The Bullets return home on Wednesday for a non-conference tilt with Eastern University beginning at 4:00 p.m.

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