February 27, 2013

Gettysburg Offense Explodes in Home-Opening Win

from press release

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Powered by an explosive offense, the 15th-ranked Gettysburg College men's lacrosse team defeated Goucher College 17-8 in its home opener Wednesday afternoon at a sunny, windy Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium.

A trio of Bullets turned in outstanding performances in the non-conference affair, including sophomore Bijan Firouzan (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon), who scored a career-high six goals on six shots. Classmate Robby Maddux (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) added five goals and one assist while junior Martin Manilla (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) distributed seven assists – just one shy of the school record that was set by Jeff Barrette in 1991 and equaled by Tim DeMore in 1994.

Senior J.T. McCook (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) made eight saves in 57:37 of work for Gettysburg (2-0), which raced out to a 12-3 halftime advantage, while freshman Jameson Smith (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) added two goals and two assists. Senior Evan Thomas (Ithaca, N.Y./Ithaca) contributed two goals and one assist while senior Nick Avedisian (Laytonsville, Md./Bullis School) finished 14-for-24 on face-offs. Sophomore Jack Harvazinski (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) led all players with seven ground balls.

Gettysburg posted its highest scoring output since a 19-3 win over Swarthmore College on April 17, 2010.

Dylan Zook scored two goals for Goucher (1-2), the defending Landmark Conference champions, while Connor Mishaw stopped 10 shots.

Goucher scored the game's opening goal 1:35 into the contest before the Bullets answered with five straight tallies over a four-minute stretch. Maddux kicked off the scoring spree before Manilla assisted on four consecutive goals scored by four different players.

Max Roach stopped the bleeding for the Gophers when he scored with 5:07 on the clock to make it 5-2, but Gettysburg came right back with four unanswered spanning the first and second quarters. Maddux struck twice during the run as Gettysburg's lead swelled to 9-2.

After Zook scored with 7:15 left in the half, the Bullets closed the period on a 3-0 spurt. Firouzan scored twice before Smith found paydirt with 1:33 showing to give the hosts their nine-goal lead at the break.

Firouzan scored four of his goals in the first half while Manilla dished out six of his assists in the opening 30 minutes.

Gettysburg outscored Goucher 5-3 over the opening 19:40 of the second half, putting the game out of reach at 17-6 with 10:20 to go in the contest. Firouzan added two more goals as he became just the second player in the last 10 years to score six times in a game, joining Maddux, who accomplished the feat last season.

Manilla assisted on the Bullets opening goal of the half, and his seven helpers were the most by a Gettysburg player since David Curry also had seven in a 19-10 win over Franklin & Marshall College on April 30, 1994.

Junior long-stick midfielder Alec Mitchell (Parkton, Md./St. Paul's School) capped the scoring for the Bullets when he punched in a loose ball for his first collegiate goal.

Gettysburg returns to action on Saturday when it visits 10th-ranked and defending national champion Salisbury University in another non-conference game starting at 1 p.m. 


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