Widener Uses 5-0 Run to Knock off No. 13 Gettysburg

GETTYSBURG, Pa. Gettysburg scored the game's first three goals, but Widener answered with five straight tallies and held on for a 6-4 win over the 13th-ranked Bullets Wednesday afternoon at Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium.

Widener (5-3) earned its victory in 22 tries versus Gettysburg. Johnny Casey led the Pride with two big goals one that gave his team the lead for good and one that set the final score with 4:27 left while Mac Nestler finished with 14 saves.

Senior Nick Avedisian (Laytonsville, Md./The Bullis School) won 9 of 13 face-offs and picked up seven ground balls for Gettysburg (5-3), which outshot Widener 46-33. Classmate J.T. McCook (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) finished with eight saves.

The Bullets won all three face-offs in the first quarter, when it outshot the Pride 19-3. Sophomore Robby Maddux (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) gave the hosts a 1-0 lead with his team-leading 23rd goal of the season just over two-and-a-half minutes into the opening period off junior Martin Manilla's (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) team-best 16th assist. Classmate Bijan Firouzan (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) struck with 9:06 remaining off a dish from freshman Jameson Smith (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) and Gettysburg led 2-0 heading into the second quarter.

Junior Derek Ruebling (Morristown, N.J./Delbarton) made it 3-0 when he connected on a deep shot with 9:41 to go in the half. But it would turn out to be Gettysburg's last goal for over 32 minutes.

Tim Taylor put the Pride on the scoreboard with a man-down goal in transition with 7:40 left in the opening half and it was a 3-1 game at the break. Widener went on to score the only two goals of the third quarter, receiving tallies from Josh Fox and Marc La Vine, to make it 3-3 heading into the final stanza.

Casey scored the go-ahead goal with 10:17 left before Kyle Gratz struck with 10:17 to go as Widener's lead grew to 5-3. Sophomore Nick Alibrandi (Fort Salonga, N.Y./St. Anthony's) drew the Bullets to within one when, in transition, he scored first collegiate goal, taking a pass from senior defenseman Phil Thompson (Medfield, Mass./Medfield), who picked up his first collegiate assist.

Gettysburg took a pair of potential game-tying shots, but one was blocked and the other was saved by Nestler. The Bullets then killed a two-man penalty but turned the ball over on a clear before Casey struck again with 4:27 left for the game's final goal.

The Bullets took three shots the rest of the way but two were wide and one was saved.

Gettysburg returns to Centennial Conference action on Saturday, when it visits Muhlenberg College at 1:00 p.m.

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Gettysburg, PA (Mar. 27, 2013) Senior Johnny Casey (Glenside, PA/Abington) scored two massive goals and the defense was more than up to the challenge, as Widener came back for a 6-4 triumph at 13th-ranked Gettysburg.

Down 3-0 in the second quarter after it played strong defense, Widener (5-3) saw its offense go to work. Freshman Tim Taylor (Philadelphia, PA/Archbishop Ryan) scored a man-down goal, his 16th overall this season, with 7:40 left for a 3-1 deficit.

The second half was all Widener and it did not take long for the visitors to get going. Senior Josh Fox (Wynnewood, PA/Lower Merion) tallied just 1:40 in the half to get the Pride within 3-2. The comeback was complete with 8:21 to go in the third quarter when freshman Marc LaVine (Nashua, NH) scored for a 3-3 tie.

Just getting to a draw certainly would not satisfy Widener and the defense continued to hold Gettysburg (5-3) off the scoreboard. The offense took advantage as Casey scored a man-up goal almost four minutes into the fourth quarter to give the Pride their first lead, 4-3.

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