Kingsley Nets Four as #13 Devils Turn Back #18 Bullets

(Carlisle, Pa.) The #13-ranked Dickinson College men's lacrosse team handed visiting Gettysburg, ranked 18th, a 12-7 defeat here on Saturday afternoon to earn the #2-seed in the Centennial Conference playoffs.

The Red Devils will face the Bullets in a rematch on Friday in a semifinal match-up in Chestertown, Maryland, as Washington College held off Ursinus, 9-3, to earn the top seed next weekend.

The Bullets struck first at the 9:09 mark, but the Devils wasted no time answering, scoring just five seconds later as senior Chip Murray (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) won the face-off and fed junior Christian Beitel (Newtown, Conn./Newtown) for the equalizer.

The Red Devils went on a run from there, outscoring the Bullets, 7-1, over the next 13 minutes. Ward Gruppo (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Prep) and Brian Cannon (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola-Blakefield) tallied unassisted to stretch the lead to 3-1.

Gettysburg found the net with 1:32 before Cannon finished an extra-man opportunity with an assist from Brian Gleason (Darien, Conn./Darien with just 51 seconds on the clock to put the Devils up, 4-2, at the end of the first quarter.

Senior Richard Craft (Newtown Square, Pa./Episcopal) put one in the net, and Bobby Kingsley (Bethesda, Md./St. Albans) tallied back-to-back goals to stretch the lead to 7-2, with just under 11 minutes remaining in the half.

Evan Thomas broke through to score for Gettysburg with five minutes to play, and the Devils answered again with Sam Greenberg (Owings Mills, Md./McDonogh) netting and extra-man goal off an assist from Will Scott (Emmaus, Pa./Emmaus) to close out the half with the Devils on top, 8-3.

Kingsley quickly doubled his goal total for the day, scoring twice in a span of just six seconds. He tallied twice with assists from Craft and Beitel to make the score, 10-3, with 9:35 remaining in the quarter.

Caldwell Rohrbach made it 10-4 at the 8:29 mark before the Devils came back with another quick strike. This time Murray claimed the face-off and went straight to goal, scoring just four seconds later, stretching the lead to 11-4.

Robby Maddux scored to end the third, and struck again at the 9:15 mark of the fourth to cut the deficit to five, at 11-6. First-year Tyler White (Philadelphia, Pa./Penn Charter) closed out the scoring for the Red Devils at the 8:25 mark. Gettysburg tacked on a late goal with 20 seconds to play for the final of 12-7.

Maddux led the Bullets (10-5, 6-2) with a pair of goals while Jon Maddalone made 11 saves in goal.

Kingsley led the Devil attack with four goals on the day while Beitel finished with a goal and two assists. Murray was dominant on face-offs, winning 15 of 22 and controlling eight ground balls.

Long-stick midfielder Brandon Palladino (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) caused a pair of turnovers and controlled four GBs. Peter Zouck (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) picked-up four ground balls as well. Greg Hanley (Laurel Hollow, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) made nine saves in the nets for Dickinson.

The #13-ranked Red Devils improve to 12-3 overall and finish 6-2 in the conference. They will be the #2-seed in next weekend's Centennial Conference playoffs at Washington College.

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CARLISLE, Pa. Dickinson outscored Gettysburg 8-3 in the first half and the 13th-ranked Red Devils topped the 18th-ranked Bullets 12-7 in a key Centennial Conference men's lacrosse game Saturday afternoon at Biddle Field.

The regular season finale for both teams and a rematch of last year's Centennial Conference championship game, the contest decided the top-three spots in final conference standings. With the win, Dickinson (12-3, 6-2 CC) finishes in second place while Gettysburg (10-5, 6-2 CC) takes third. The same two teams will meet again on Friday in the Centennial Conference semifinals at No. 1 seed Washington College, which will host the conference tournament.

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2012-04-28



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