Bullets Pull Away Late, Top Ursinus on Senior Day

GETTYSBURG, Pa. Junior Robby Maddux (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) scored four goals, including the 100th of his career, and the 16th-ranked Gettysburg lacrosse team pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Ursinus 10-3 in Centennial Conference (CC) action on Senior Day at Shirk Field Musselman Stadium on Saturday.

The Bullets (8-4, 4-1 CC) led 5-2 heading into the final period, when it outscored the Bears (6-6, 2-3 CC) 5-1.

With three conference games left, Gettysburg remained in a tie for second place in the conference standings with Franklin & Marshall College, who defeated Swarthmore College 12-5 on Saturday. Washington College, which defeated Dickinson College 16-12, is the conference leader at 6-0.

Gettysburg's seven seniors were honored with a brief ceremony prior to the start of the game.

Maddux, who scored all of his goals in the second half, became just the 15th player in school history to reach 100 goals and the second this season, joining senior Martin Manilla (Fairport, N.Y-./Fairport), who reached the same milestone a week ago.

Manilla finished with two goals and two assists while sophomore Jameson Smith (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) scored twice. Senior Jon Maddalone (Carolina Beach, N.C./Rosemary Choate Hall [Conn.]) made 12 saves while freshman Kyle Hewett (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) went 9 for 15 at the faceoff X. Freshman long-stick midfielder Chris Palladino (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) added three caused turnovers, three ground balls, and his first career assist.

Mike Neal led Ursinus (6-6, 2-3 CC) with one goal and two assists while Brian Neff made eight saves.

Smith scored the game's first two goals to give the Bullets a lead they would not relinquish. He struck less than a minute into the game, then again on an assist from junior Bijan Firouzan (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) with 5:42 left in the first quarter. Neal answered at the 1:23 mark for the Bears to make it a 2-1 game at the end of the period.

Senior Henry Tesar (Lake Bluff, Ill./Avon Old Farms [Conn.]) nudged the Bullets lead to 3-1 when he found paydirt less than two minutes into the second quarter, but Steve Smyrl answered for Ursinus at the 10:15 mark to make it 3-2. That's how the score would remain until Firouzan got into the scoring act, striking with 1:07 showing and handing the Bullets a 4-2 halftime advantage.

Gettysburg outshot the Bears 24-15 in the first half, but Ursinus turned up its offensive pressure in the second stanza, when it outshot the Bullets 27-11.

Maddux scored the only goal in the third quarter, which Palladino set up when he broke up an Ursinus clear. Palladino passed the ball upfield to junior Nick Alibrandi (Fort Salonga, N.Y./St. Anthony's), who fed Maddux in transition to make it a 5-2 game.

The Bullets continued to blank the Bears in the fourth quarter and opened up some breathing room by scoring the first three goals of the period. Manilla struck with 11:47 to go, then set up Maddux' second goal with 8:52 left. Palladino came up with another big play later in the quarter, causing a turnover and taking it end-to-end before dishing off to Maddux, who scored to make it 8-2 with 6:40 left.

Ursinus ended its scoreless drought when Mark Stratton scored a man-up goal with 4:04 remaining. But Gettysburg answered twice in the final minute, including goal No. 100 for Maddux with 53 ticks showing, converting a dish from Manilla in an extra-man opportunity. Appropriately, a pair of seniors provided the finishing touches, as Manilla scored off a Tesar assist with 31 seconds left.

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