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

Gettysburg took advantage once again, as Manilla finished a pass from Maddux to make it a three-goal game.

The Devils answered with back-to-back goals to stretch the lead back to five, with 4:14 to play. Cannon scored off a feed from Beitel then returned the favor, assisting Beitel 24 seconds later to put the Devils up, 10-5.

Beitel appeared to score on a diving shot, but was ruled to be in the crease. He did, however, draw a penalty on the play, putting the Devils' man-up unit back on the field with 2:02 remaining in the game. Maddalone made another big save, recording a career-best 15 on the day.

The Devils held on and will look to make their first-ever title defense on Sunday, facing Washington at 1:00 pm.

Cannon scored twice and tallied a pair of assists while Beitel netted a hat-trick to pace the Devil attack. Cherry finished with four assists, handing out helpers on the Devils' first three goals of the game. White and Leon each scored twice as well.

Hanley finished with 10 saves, controlling four ground balls for the Red Devils. Chip Murray (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) won five face-offs and controlled five ground balls while Carter Moore (Virginia Beach, Va./Norfolf Academy) came on to win 3 of 5.

The Red Devils improve to 13-3 overall. They advance to Sunday's championship game with host Washington. Opening face-off is scheduled for 1:00 pm in Chestertown, Maryland.

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CHESTERTOWN, Md. Dickinson outscored Gettysburg 5-0 in the third quarter to break open a tie game and 13th-ranked Red Devils defeated the 20th-ranked Bullets 10-5 in the second game of the Centennial Conference semifinals at tournament host Washington College Friday afternoon at Kibler Field at Rob Kirby, Jr. Stadium.

Gettysburg (10-6) will now hope for a possible at-large bid in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Pairings will be announced on NCAA.com at 10 p.m. Sunday evening.

Dickinson (13-3), which snapped Gettysburg's 11-game winning streak in the Centennial Conference semifinals, will now play Washington in the conference championship game on Sunday. The Shoremen defeated McDaniel College 8-4 in the day's first game.

Christian Beitel posted three goals and one assist to lead the Red Devils while Brian Cannon added two goals and two assists. Matt Cherry dished out four assists, and Greg Hanley made 11 saves.

Sophomore Martin Manilla (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) notched his eighth hat trick of the season, scoring three goals for the Bullets while freshman Robby Maddux (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) posted two goals and an assist. Sophomore Jon Maddalone (Newtown, Pa./Choate Rosemary Hall [Conn.]) made a career-high 15 saves, and junior long-stick midfielder Ian Casella (Washington, Mass./Avon Old Farms [Conn.]) notched three caused turnovers.

Gettysburg and Dickinson were playing for the second time in seven days. The Red Devils topped the Bullets 12-7 in the regular season finale this past Saturday, granting Washington home field in the tournament.

It was a scoreless game nearly 10 minutes into the contest when senior Caldwell Rohrbach (Seattle, Wash./Seattle Academy) made a diving save at the end line to save a possession for the Bullets with 5:32 on the clock. The Bullets called timeout shortly thereafter, and with 4:43 left Maddux took a behind-the-goal pass from junior Evan Thomas (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) and buried a shot from the right post for the game's opening goal.

Maddux struck again just 1:23 later, rebounding his own saved shot in front of the net and delivering from the doorstep to make it 2-0. Maddalone made his second save of the game on a rifled bounce shot to preserve the Bullets two-goal advantage heading into the second period.

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