Bullets Rally from Five Down to Nip Past McDaniel

WESTMINSTER, Md. Gettysburg scored six goals in the final 14:16 to overcome a 15-10 deficit and defeat McDaniel 16-15 in Centennial Conference (CC) men's lacrosse action on Saturday.

Patrick Serio (Marriottsville, Md./Marriotts Ridge) led the Green Terror (6-9, 3-5 CC) with seven goals.

Jameson Smith tallied all three of his goals in the final 7:49 for the Bullets (9-6, 5-3 CC), who earned the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament and will travel to No. 1 Washington (Md.) for Wednesday's semifinals.

After Serio finished from Matt Dupras (Hillsborough, N.J./Immaculata) late in a man-up situation for a 15-10 lead 12 seconds into the final quarter, Derek Ruebling responded 32 seconds later to spark the final rally.

Martin Manilla netted the final of his five goals with 10:10 showing before Wes Lincoln scored 25 seconds later to draw the visitors with two.

Smith made it a 15-14 game with 7:49 showing before evening the score 2:32 later with a solo run.

Robby Maddux found Smith for the game-winner with 2:35 showing.

Kyle Hewett hit the back of the net just 10 seconds into the game before Serio responded 1:25 later to knot the game at 1-all.

After Manilla put the Bullets on top 2-1, Serio, Zach Monzo (Collegeville, Pa./Spring-Ford) and Jason Lawrence (Fallston, Md./Fallston) each scored in a 3-minute, 59-second stretch or a 4-2 advantage.

Manilla capped a three-goal run for Gettysburg to give his team a 5-4 edge at the end of the first quarter.

Monzo tied the game 2:09 into the second period off one of four Pat Bivons (Cockeysville, Md./Loyola Blakefield) helpers.

Three straight McDaniel goals followed by back-to-back Serio tallies made it an 8-7 game at the intermission.

Manilla stretched the Bullet lead to 9-7 with 12:06 showing in the third quarter before Serio started a three-goal run by the Green Terror for a 10-9 lead with 7:20 to play.

Manilla knotted the game with 4:42 remaining in the period before two Lawrence tallies bookended a four-goal stretch in the final 3:47 of the quarter.

Serio scored off a Trey Hunt III (Catonsville, Md./Catonsville) feed eight seconds after the first Lawrence score. Dupras rounded out the goal scorers in the stretch.

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WESTMINSTER, Md. Gettysburg College 's regular-season finale lacked nothing in drama.

Needing a victory to clinch a berth in the Centennial Conference (CC) playoffs, the Bullets overcame a five-goal fourth-quarter deficit by scoring the game's final six goals to stun host McDaniel 16-15 Saturday afternoon.

With the win, Gettysburg (9-6, 5-3 CC) earns the fourth seed in the conference playoffs and will visit sixth-ranked and top-seeded Washington College on Wednesday at a time to be announced.

Sophomore Jameson Smith (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) provided some late-game heroics for the Orange and Blue, scoring the team's final three goals over a 5:24 span, including the game-winner at the 2:35 mark.

Senior Martin Manilla (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) poured in five goals and one assist for the Bullets to cap a red-hot week in which he posted 11 goals and four assists over two games. His final goal of the day moved him into a three-way tie for 10th in school history in career goals (116).

Junior Robby Maddux (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) and senior Derek Ruebling (Morristown, N.J./Delbarton) added one goal and two assists for Gettysburg, which will make its 14th consecutive appearance in the conference playoffs. Freshman Kyle Hewett (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) won 14 of 25 face-offs while senior Jon Maddalone (Carolina Beach, N.C./Choate Rosemary Hall [Conn.]) made 12 saves.

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