No. 13 Bullets Shut Down Diplomats in Second Half

GETTYSBURG, Pa. Gettysburg held Franklin & Marshall to one second-half goal and the 13th-ranked Bullets defeated the Diplomats, 7-5, in Centennial Conference action Wednesday afternoon at Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium.

With the victory, league-leading Gettysburg (10-3, 6-0 CC) pushed its winning streak to eight and clinched its 12th-straight appearance in the upcoming Centennial Conference playoffs, which will be held at a site to be determined May 4-6.

Freshman Robby Maddux (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) posted two goals and an assist for the Bullets, who pulled away with a 4-0 run spanning both halves, while classmate Bijan Firouzan (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) tied a season-high with three assists.

Junior J.T. McCook (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) made eight saves, and classmate Nick Avedisian (Laytonsville, Md./The Bullis School) was 10 of 16 on face-offs while taking on Andrew Setian, the conference's leading face-off specialist who had won 68.6 percent of his attempts entering the game.

The Bullets held an opponent to five goals for the third time this season.

Cameron Setian also stopped eight shots for F&M (8-5, 3-4 CC).

The lead changed hands three times in the opening half after A.J. Reichert scored for the Diplomats just over two minutes into the game. Junior Bobby DeWees (Wilmington, Del./Wilmington Friends) answered for the Bullets, converting with 11:32 on the clock.

Tim Gaines gave the Dips a 2-1 lead when he scored with eight seconds left in the opening quarter.

Maddux had a hand in each of Gettysburg's next two goals as the Bullets took their first lead of the game. He scored with 13:39 left in the half on a Firouzan assist, then set up junior Evan Thomas (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) for a man-up tally, making it a 3-2 game with 9:18 showing.

The Diplomats responded with a pair of goals of their own, as Kevin Kilpatrick and James Wenk scored 1:24 apart to assume a 4-3 lead with 6:34 to go. Sophomore Martin Manilla (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) pulled the Bullets even when he went low on a wraparound goal with 57 seconds left, making it 4-4 at the intermission.

Gettysburg scored the first three goals of the second half to push its lead to 7-4, with Firouzan setting up the first and last scores during the run. Junior Ryan Fumai (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's) found paydirt just over two minutes into the third quarter before Maddux struck 53 seconds later on a dish from senior Caldwell Rohrbach (Seattle, Wash./Seattle Academy). After over 10 minutes of scoreless play, sophomore Austin Dodson (Bethesda, Md./Landon) capped the surge with 1:23 left in the period.

Franklin & Marshall scored the game's final goal with 13:01 remaining when Billy Kempner cashed in on a man-up opportunity off Colin McKew's conference-leading 29th assist of the year.

The Diplomats had ample scoring opportunities in the fourth quarter, when it outshot the Bullets 12-3. However, McCook made five of his saves during the period, including four in the final 3:38 and three in the last 1:23.

F&M finished with advantages in shots (32-25) and ground balls (24-22).

Gettysburg visits McDaniel College at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday in another Centennial Conference tilt.

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GETTYSBURG, Pa. No. 13 Gettysburg held Franklin & Marshall to one second half goal en route to a 7-5 win in Centennial Conference action Wednesday afternoon. The Diplomats fell to 8-5, 3-4 CC while the Bullets improved to 10-3, 6-0 CC.

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