No. 19 Gettysburg Whallops Widener

CHESTER, Pa. Junior Bijan Firouzan (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) tied a career-high six goals and 19th-ranked Gettysburg used a fast start to win 14-4 at Widener in a non-conference outing Wednesday night.

The Bullets (5-3) were never threatened after opening the game on a 7-0 run and taking the game's first 25 shots. They finished with decided advantages in shots (43-25) and ground balls (30-18).

Junior Robby Maddux (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) added four goals and an assist for Gettysburg while senior Derek Ruebling (Morristown, N.J./Delbarton) handed out two assists. Senior Jon Maddalone (Carolina Beach, N.C./Choate Rosemary Hall [Conn.]) made three saves in goal.

Tim Taylor scored two goals for Widener (3-4).

Firouzan, who also had an assist for a career-high seven points, had a hand in four of the team's first six goals. He scored unassisted 4:55 into the contest before junior Jimmy Morris (Waccabuc, N.Y./John Jay) followed up with an unassisted tally of his own with 5:45 left in the quarter. Twenty-eight seconds later, Firouzan struck again before he assisted Maddux with 4:29 on the clock and the Bullets led 4-0 at the end of the first quarter, in which it outshot the Pride 17-0.

Gettysburg continued its run in the second quarter, when Firouzan and Maddux both scored unassisted inside the opening five minutes. Junior Steven Mahon (Setauket, N.Y./St. Anthony's) completed the run when he converted a feed from sophomore Paul Werner (Westfield, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) with 6:23 remaining in the half.

Taylor put the Pride on the scoreboard with the team's first shot of the game at the 5:31 mark of the second quarter. But the Orange and Blue quickly answered with two more goals, as Maddux found paydirt with 3:37 to go before sophomore Jameson Smith (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) scored with 13 seconds left to put the Bullets up 9-1 at the half.

The two sides traded goals in the third quarter, with senior Martin Manilla (Fairport, N.Y./Fairpot) scoring a man-up goal off an assist from Ruebling 46 seconds into the half and Firouzan potting his fourth goal of the night with 3:35 showing. Taylor scored with 17 ticks showing to make it an 11-3 game heading into the final period.

The Bullets outscored the Pride 3-1 in the fourth quarter. Maddux scored with 7:08 to go, then set up Firouzan with 5:56 remaining. Firouzan struck for his final goal of the game off another Ruebling assist with 3:25 left to set the final score.

Gettysburg returns home on Saturday, when it hosts Muhlenberg at 1:00 p.m. in a Centennial Conference match-up.


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