No. 13 Dickinson Stops No. 19 Bullets in CC Semifinals

Chestertown, Md. 13th-ranked Dickinson advanced to defend its title at the 2012 Centennial Conference championship, posting a 10-5 semifinal win over #19 Gettysburg on Friday. Washington College defeated McDaniel, 8-4, in the other semifinal.

Defense and goaltending were the story in the early going as the teams played scoreless until there was less than five minutes remaining in the first quarter. The Bullets struck first as Robby Maddux scored off an assist from Evan Thomas at the 4:43 mark.

Maddux found the net again, just over a minute later, picking up his own rebound and scoring to put Gettysburg in front, 2-0, at the end the first quarter.

The teams traded possessions to open the second quarter. Senior Kevin Joy (Darien, Conn./Darien) knocked the ball out of a Gettysburg stick and the Devils took over with just under 12 minutes to play in the half.

The Bullets forced a turnover but lost the ball out of bounds. Dickinson capitalized with a goal from junior Nick Leon (Chevy Chase, Md./Gonzaga), scoring at the 9:42 mark, with an assist from classmate Matt Cherry (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Radnor).

The Bullets won the face-off but the Devil defense forced another turnover, putting the ball in the sticks of the Red Devil attack. Gettysburg goaltender Jon Maddalone came up with a pair of big saves, including one off a fast break shot from long pole defender Draper Donley (Lutherville, Md./St. Paul's).

Cherry dished out a pair of assists in a less than a minute to give the Devils a 3-2 advantage. He fed senior Bobby Kingsley (Bethesda, Md./St. Albans) with 2:08 remaining in the half, and gave the Devils the lead with 1:22 on the clock, finding Brian Cannon (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola-Blakefield).

Martin Manilla scored off an assist from Andrew Toner with just four seconds remaining in the half to tie the game, 4-4, at the break.

The third quarter was all Red Devils as they scored five straight goals to take an 8-3 lead into the final period.

Junior Christian Beitel (Newtown, Conn./Newtown) dodged and scored to give Dickinson a 4-3 lead with 11:36 to play in the third. Gettysburg won the face-off, but junior goaltender Greg Hanley (Laurel Hollow, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) made a huge save to turn back the Bullets.

Richard Craft (Newtown Square, Pa./Episcopal) fed Tyler White (Philadelphia, Pa./Penn Charter) to stretch the lead to 5-3 at the 9:54 mark.

First-year Slay Sudah (Franklin Park, N.Y./St. Joseph) picked-up a ground ball and found himself with space in the attack. He fired a shot that went wide, but Cannon was there to feed Beitel for a quick Red Devil tally, extending the lead to 6-3, with just under five minutes to play in the third quarter.

Hanley came up with another great save but the Devils couldn't capitalize on the other end. Hanley turned the Bullets away again, but a Dickinson penalty gave Gettysburg a man-up opportunity. The junior goaltender was there once more, turning away a man-up attempt.

The Devils scored short-handed on the other end as White finished the fast break, to put the Devils in front, 7-3. Leon made it 8-3, hammering home another assist from Cherry.

Maddalone made a big save as the Devils went man-up, but confusion on the other end led to an offsides call against the Bullets. Maddalone made another stop but the Devils controlled the rebound to maintain possession.

The teams traded man-up opportunities, and Gettysburg capitalized on their attempt, cutting the deficit to 8-4 when Manilla scored off an assist from Derek Ruebling. The Devils were immediately man-down following an illegal body check on the ensuing face-off.

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