Late Goal Carries Gettysburg to Narrow Win over Ursinus

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. Gettysburg got a goal from sophomore midfielder Bijan Firouzan with 1:32 left in the game as the Bullets (7-5, 3-2 Centennial) defeated Ursinus (6-5, 0-5 Centennial) 10-9 in men's lacrosse play on Saturday at Patterson Field.

Gettysburg took the lead after Ursinus had rallied from a two-goal deficit in the final four minutes by scoring two goals in the span of 39 seconds.

Ursinus was led by four goals from freshman attack Logan Panaccione (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough), while sophomore attack Steve Smyrl (Glen Mills, Pa./Garnet Valley) had three.

Sophomore attack Mike Neal (Shelby Township, Mich./De La Salle) had two assists, as did sophomore attack Mark Stratton (Lititz, Pa./Manheim Township).

Ursinus came out on fire in the first quarter, scoring five goals. Ursinus had its biggest lead of the day at three goals when Panaccione scored an extra-man goal with 49 seconds left in the first on an assist from Stratton. Gettysburg provided the only scoring in the second, as Ursinus went into intermission with a 5-3 lead.

In the third, Ursinus scored its second extra-man goal with 9:58 left on an assist by sophomore midfielder Jake Weber (Lititz, Pa./Manheim Township), giving Ursinus a 6-3 lead. Gettysburg then went on a four-goal run, capped by a goal from sophomore midfielder Jimmy Morris with 8:46 left in the game for a 7-6 Bullets lead.

Ursinus tied the scored at 7-all with 6:34 left when Panaccione scored on a Neal assist. Gettysburg would add two goals, the second by sophomore attack Robby Maddox with 4:08 left for a 9-7 Bullets lead.

On the ensuing faceoff, junior Shawn Caven (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) won the faceoff quickly, raced down field and fired the ball to Panaccione who scored to put the Bears within one. Smyrl scored his second goal of the game with 3:23 left to tie the score at 9-all. Caven finished with a game-high eight ground balls and was 11 for 18 on faceoffs. Junior midfielder Nile Thompson (Merion Station, Pa./Lower Merion) had two caused turnovers on the day.

In goal, freshman Brian Neff (Ephrata, Pa./Ephrata) had 17 saves.

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COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. Sophomore Bijan Firouzan (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) scored the game-winning goal with 1:32 remaining and senior defenseman Matt Canter (Potomac, Md./Thomas S. Wootton) forced a game-clinching turnover with eight seconds left as Gettysburg rallied to beat host Ursinus 10-9 in a Centennial Conference tilt on Saturday.

Firouzan had a hand in each of his team's final three goals during a frantic fourth quarter in which the two sides combined for eight goals. He finished with five points on two goals and three assists.

Freshman Jameson Smith (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) added two goals and one assist for the Bullets (7-5, 3-2 CC), who trailed 5-2 at the end of the first quarter and did not hold a lead until midway through the fourth quarter. Sophomore Robby Maddux (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) contributed two goals while senior Evan Thomas (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) added one goal and one assist. Junior Jon Maddalone (Newtown, Pa./Choate Rosemary Hall [Conn.]) made eight saves in just his second start of the season.

Logan Panaccione scored four goals to lead Ursinus (6-5, 0-5 CC) while Steve Smyrl added three goals. Brian Neff finished with 17 saves for the Bears.

Smith scored 2:16 into the game to make it 1-1, but Ursinus responded with a 4-1 run over the remainder of the quarter. Thomas struck off a Smith feed to account for Gettysburg's other first-quarter goal.

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