No. 4 Salisbury Scores Late to Defeat No. 19 Gettysburg

GETTYSBURG, Pa. Gettysburg tied Salisbury 8-8 seconds into the fourth quarter, but the fourth-ranked Sea Gulls pulled away over the remainder of the period as the 19th-ranked Bullets dropped an 11-9 non-conference decision Saturday afternoon at cold and windy Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium.

Sophomore Jameson Smith (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) tied a career-high with four goals for Gettysburg (2-1) while junior Robby Maddux (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) scored twice. Senior Jon Maddalone (Carolina Beach, N.C./Choate Rosemary Hall [Conn.]) finished with 12 saves. Freshman Kyle Hewett (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) finished 12 for 21 on face-offs.

Rhett DePol posted three goals and one assist to lead Salisbury (5-0), which went 4 for 8 on man-up opportunities, while Luke Phipps added two goals and one assist. Alex Taylor turned aside 11 shots for the Sea Gulls.

The Bullets opened the game on a 3-1, as Smith scored 1:35 into the contest before Thomas Cirillo tied it for the Sea Gulls. But Smith and senior Henry Tesar (Lake Bluff, Ill./Avon Old Farms [Conn.]) went back-to-back midway through the period. DePol scored with 4:29 on the clock to make it a 3-2 game after 15 minutes of play.

Smith scored his third goal with 11:50 to go in the opening half before Salisbury reeled off the next three tallies as the start of a 6-1 run spanning into the third quarter. Mike Kane scored a pair of goals sandwiched around a Phipps man-up goal to give the Sea Gulls their first lead (5-4) with 7:17 remaining in the half.

Smith struck for the fourth and final time when he converted a man-up goal with 4:00 showing to pull Gettysburg even, but Phipps scored another man-up tally to put Salisbury up 6-5 at the half.

Zeke Smith and Sean Fitzgerald scored the first two goals of the second half to extend the Gulls' advantage to 8-5 with 10:56 to go in the third quarter. But that's when the Bullets dug in for a 3-0 run to forge the game's fourth tie. Junior Bijan Firouzan (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) converted a man-up tally with 4:51 showing before Maddux scored with 1:01 remaining, making it an 8-7 game heading into the fourth quarter.

The Bullets needed just four seconds to tie it in the fourth quarter, when Hewett won the face-off, scooped up the ground ball, and dished it to Maddux, who drilled in his second goal to make it 8-8.

Salisbury would blank Gettysburg for nearly the rest of the quarter, however, and scored three unanswered goals of its own to open up an 11-8 lead with 6:50 left. DePol scored twice around a man-up goal by Donovan Lange.

Senior Martin Manilla (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) gave the Bullets hope with a goal at the 2:26 mark. Salisbury won the ensuing face-off, but committed a turnover with just over a minute remaining. After a timeout, Gettysburg its final shot, but it was saved by Taylor and the Sea Gulls gained possession before running out the rest of the clock.

The Bullets return to action next Saturday when they face another top-10 opponent, visiting No. 9 Lynchburg College in a non-conference outing.

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GETTYSBURG, Pa. The No. 4 Salisbury University lacrosse team added another victory over a top-20 opponent on Saturday, defeating No. 19 Gettysburg, 11-9, on the road.

Gettysburg got on the board first, with a goal at the 13:25 mark of the opening quarter. Sophomore midfielder Thomas Cirillo answered to tie the game with Salisbury's first goal just under three minutes later.

The Bullets took a 3-1 lead with two more scores, but with 4:29 left in the quarter, senior attackman Rhett DePol brought the Gulls back to within one at the end of the first quarter.

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