No. 10 Gettysburg Escapes with Overtime Win at Eastern

Gettysburg led 3-1 after one period and 8-4 at halftime. The Eagles trailed 8-3 with two and a half minutes to play before Waibel closed out the scoring in the first half with a goal. Maddox had five goals and an assist at half. The Bullets fired 35 first-half shots to only 14 for the Eagles.

Eastern trailed 10-4 with ten minutes to play in the third quarter. Goals from Matt Soldano, Waibel, and Jameson closed the gap to three with 2:43 on the clock. The Bullets picked up a penalty on Jameson's goal, but they appeared to grab momentum back at the end of the extra man opportunity as Maddox tucked home his final tally of the day for a man-down goal in transition.

The 12-11 result is the third straight 12-11 game for Gettysburg. The Bullets beat No. 7 Lynchburg and fell to No. 13 Cabrini by the same score.

"It was two good teams with a chance to win," Wallace said after the game, "I thought Matt Lee did a great job at X in a big spot and our midfield stepped up. We have things to work on, but there were some really good things in the second half."

The Eagles (4-1) have very little time to recover. They host Wesley College at one tomorrow.

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ST. DAVIDS, Pa. Freshman Jameson Smith (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) scored the game-winning goal off an assist from classmate Tim Murphy (Darien, Conn./Darien) with 2:01 left in overtime and 10th-ranked Gettysburg survived a furious second-half rally to beat previously-undefeated Eastern, 12-11, Friday afternoon in a non-conference tilt.

For the second year in a row against Eastern, sophomore Robby Maddux (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) scored six goals, tying his career high. He also set career-bests in points (seven) and ground balls (eight).

Smith finished with two goals and two assists while junior Martin Manilla (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) notched two goals and one assist. Sophomore Jack Harvazinski (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) added one goal and one helper for Gettysburg (4-2), which had an assist on nine of its 12 goals.

Senior long-stick midfielder Ian Casella (Washington, Mass./Avon Old Farms [Conn.]) turned in a big defensive performance, posting seven ground balls and four caused turnovers. Senior goalie J.T. McCook (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) made eight saves while classmate Nick Avedisian (Laytonsville, Md./The Bullis School) finished 11 for 24 on face-offs and picked up eight ground balls.

The Bullets have now played in three-straight one goal games, all of which have ended in a 12-11 verdict.

Eric Waibel paced Eastern (4-1) with three goals while Aaron Benz made 16 saves.

The Bullets led 10-4 early in the second half, only to see the Eagles end regulation on a 7-1 run. Eastern outscored the Gettysburg 4-0 in the fourth quarter, tying it on a Will Johnson goal with 3:56 left. The Eagles appeared to have taken the lead with 1:51 on the clock, but a goal was called off due to a crease violation.

Eastern won the overtime face-off, but sophomore Nick Alibrandi (Fort Salonga, N.Y./St. Anthony's) caused a turnover and scooped up the ground ball near midfield. Alibrandi then withstood several hard checks clearing the ball upfield, maintaining possession and allowing the Bullets to call timeout with 2:30 showing.

Twenty-nine seconds later, Murphy passed the ball down to Smith in front of the cage, who delivered a low shot from the doorstep as Gettysburg won its third straight overtime contest dating back to the 2011 season.

Eastern led just once on the day after scoring the game's first goal with 6:36 left in the opening quarter. The Bullets answered with three goals over the final 5:27 of the period on two goals from Maddux and one from Manilla.

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