No. 2 Gettysburg Downs Widener, 13-7, to Advance

GETTYSBURG, Pa. Sophomore attacker Trip Dyer (Ocean View, DE/Worcester Prep [MD]) assisted on five of the first seven goals of the game, and senior attacker Brian Pryor (Dallas, TX/St. Mark's) scored four goals for the third time in five games to lead No. 2 Gettysburg to a 13-7 win over Widener in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday afternoon at Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium. The Bullets will face No. 3 Roanoke in the tournament quarterfinals on Wednesday at a place and time to be determined.

Dyer's five helpers are a career high for both assists and points, and Pryor extends his team-high points streak to 27 straight games. He has 18 goals and four assists in his last five contests. Gettysburg (17-1) junior midfielder Kevin Freehill (Baldwin, NY/Baldwin) tied Dyer for the team lead in points with five, coming on a hat trick and two assists. Senior attacker Evan Gallant (Lutherville, MD/Loyola Blakefield) and junior midfielder Jared Harriman (Yarmouth, ME/Yarmouth) both added two goals and two assists. Junior goalie Pat Vaughan (Cockeysville, MD/Loyola Blakefield) made 10 saves to run his record to 17-1 on the season.

The Pioneers (13-5), who had a 10-game winning streak halted with the loss, were led by senior attacker Todd Fairlie. Fairlie led all scorers with five goals on the afternoon. Junior goalie Andrew Johnson took his first loss of the season after entering the game with an 11-0 record.

The Bullets used a six-goal first quarter to jump out to an early advantage and were aided in holding Widener at bay by a 3-for-6 showing on extra-man opportunities. The win also gives Gettysburg a perfect 20-0 record in the all-time series and runs its latest winning streak to 10 straight games overall.

Just 59 seconds into the game, Dyer set up the Bullets first score with a pass from behind the net to Harriman, who was about 20 yards out to Johnson's right. On a similar play, Freehill scored 1:11 later, giving the Bullets two goals on their first two shots. Despite the Pioneers getting the next goal from Fairlie midway through the quarter, 2-1 would be the last time the Pioneers were as close as one goal behind.

Freehill responded just one minute after Fairlie's goal, and Gallant connected for the first of his two goals 11 seconds after that. Pryor and Harriman would then sandwich goals around another Fairlie score. Senior midfielder Chris Renzi (Fairport, NY/Fairport) kept the pressure on Widener throughout the first quarter by winning all three faceoffs he took. For the game, he was 10-for-17.

The scoring pace was slower in the second quarter with Gettysburg getting on the board first when Gallant scored at the 11:10 mark. Widener junior midfielder Gavin Goane closed the gap to 7-3 six minutes later, but the Bullets would close the quarter on a 2-0 run.

With 1:38 to play before halftime, Gettysburg worked the ball from behind its own net to around to Johnson's right and to the center of the field about 20 yards out where Harriman got possession. He zipped a pass through traffic in the middle of the field to senior Chase Stewart (Downingtown, PA/Downingtown), who was waiting just outside the crease. He converted for what proved to be the game winner. It was also his first goal since Mar. 29 after he missed eight games with an injury.

The Bullets increased the lead to seven goals at 11-4 with two more scores in the third quarter, but the Pioneers clawed back into the game in the final frame as a steady rain became a downpour. Widener got as close as 11-7 when Fairlie scored twice and sophomore attacker Chris Matthews tallied once in the first 8:13 of the quarter, but Pryor scored twice in a span of 1:18 to seal the win.

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