No. 17 Bullets Fend off No. 15 Shoremen in Key CC Game

HESTERTOWN, MD -- 17th-ranked Gettysburg took over sole possession of first place in the Centennial Conference with a 13-11 win over 15th-ranked host Washington College on Kibler Field at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium this afternoon. The Bullets (9-3 overall, 5-0 Centennial) had a five-goal run in the first half that proved pivotal in the contest.

The Bullets took a 1-0 lead 2:59 into the game on a goal by Robby Maddux. The Shoremen (8-3, 5-1) responded with back-to-back goals by freshman attackmanGrant Hughes (Alexandria, VA/St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) with 10:24 and 6:24 remaining in the first quarter, respectively, to pull ahead, 2-1.

Gettysburg then ran off their five unanswered goals, taking a 6-2 lead on a an extra-man goal by Derek Ruebling off an assist from Martin Manilla with 8:29 to go in the second quarter. The Bullets held a 7-3 lead late in the half before Hughes scored off an assist from junior attackman Bennett Cord (Gaithersburg, MD/Gaithersburg) with 17 seconds left before the intermission.

Cord scored off an assist from freshman midfielder Michael Trapp (White Plains, NY/White Plains) eight seconds into the third quarter to trim the margin to 7-5, but the Bullets countered with an extra-man goal by Manilla off an assist fromCaldwell Rohrbach with 9:06 left in the third quarter.

That was the first of six times in the second half that the Shoremen cut the lead to two goals only to have the Bullets answer to push the lead back to three. Washington senior attackmanDominic Serio (Finksburg, MD/Mount St. Joseph) scored off a Cord assist with 36 seconds to go to cut the lead to two goals for the final time, but the Bullets won the ensuing face-off and came away with the two-goal win.

Maddux and Ruebling each had three goals in the win for Gettysburg, while Rohrbach had a goal and three assists and Manilla and Evan Thomas each had one goal and one assist.

Hughes scored a career-high four goals for the Shoremen, while Cord had two goals and four assists and sophomore midfielder Kodie Englehart (Coronado, CA/Coronado) finished with two goals and one assist.

The Shoremen return to action Wednesday with a 7:00 p.m. Centennial Conference home game against Swarthmore.

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CHESTERTOWN, Md. Freshman Robby Maddux (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) continued his scoring surge with three goals and sophomore Derek Ruebling (Morristown, N.J./Delbarton) also netted a hat trick as No. 17 Gettysburg took over sole possession of first place in the Centennial Conference with a 13-11 at No. 15 Washington College on Saturday.

Gettysburg (9-3, 5-0 CC) defeated rival Washington (8-3, 5-1 CC) for the 16th consecutive time and extended its season winning streak to seven games. The Bullets lead the Shoremen and 10th-ranked Dickinson College (10-2, 4-1 CC) for the top spot in the CC with only three games left on the regular-season schedule.

After netting six goals on Wednesday against Eastern University, Maddux put up three more tallies on six shots at Washington. He also scooped up five ground balls. Ruebling came off the bench for his scoring output, while senior Caldwell Rohrbach (Seattle, Wash./Seattle Academy) turned in one goal and three assists. Junior J.T. McCook (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) made nine saves in the cage.

Grant Hughes led the Shoremen with a game-high four goals, while Michael Trapp corralled 10 ground balls. Goalie Peter Stewart made 10 saves.

Gettysburg, which hasn't dropped a decision to Washington since 2004, utilized a five-goal run spanning the first and second periods to take the lead for good. Trailing 2-1, Maddux netted his second goal to spark the run at 4:27. Ruebling came right back 27 seconds later to hand the visitors a 3-2 lead at the end of the opening stanza.

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