#4 Bullets Rally to Slip Away From #10 Devils

#4 Bullets Rally to Slip Away From #10 Devils

(Carlisle, Pa.) – The #10-ranked Dickinson men's lacrosse team jumped out to an early lead on #4 Gettysburg on Wednesday night but the Bullets rallied with six goals in the fourth quarter to slip away, 12-11.

Michael McCormick scored twice in the final 3:40 to complete a hat-trick, netting the tying and goal-ahead goals.

The Red Devils came out firing, putting four goals on the board before Gettysburg was able to answer with 4:21 remaining in the first quarter.

Long pole midfielder Nate Usich (Avon, Conn./Avon Old Farms) struck first while first-year Matt Donnelly (Frenchtown, N.J./Delaware Valley Regional) added a goal and an assist in the opening run.

McCormick made the score 4-2 before Dylan Maher (Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield) found the net for the second time, giving Dickinson a 5-2 advantage at the end of the first.

The Red Devils kept the momentum through the second period, outscoring the Bullets, 5-2, to lead 10-4 at the break.

Maher opened the second half with a goal at the 11:56 mark, stretching the margin to seven.

Gettysburg would systematically chip away, scoring twice to end the period, trailing 11-7 heading into the fourth. Andrew Garstka scored twice and Tommy Heller added a goal and an assist to cut the deficit to 11-9, with 7:48 to play in regulation.

Jack Fletcher scored unassisted before McCormick found the net twice, putting Gettysburg in front with just 58 seconds to play.

The Red Devils won possession and had some opportunities but were unable to net the equalizer. Jack O'Connell (Sands Point, N.Y./Westminster) had a great chance, ripping a shot off the cross bar in the final seconds.

Maher had another monster game, scoring five goals on the night while Donnelly finished with two goals and an assist. Ryan Campbell (Rumson, N.J./Rumson-Fairhaven) won 15-of-25 face-offs and controlled seven ground balls.

Charlie DeMuth (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) had forced a pair of big turnovers and picked up four GBs in the midfield. Cole Pellicano (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) had a remarkable night as well, turning away 15 shots.

Chris Crowley came on in the second quarter and finished with five saves to earn the win in the nets for Gettysburg as they improve to 12-1 overall and 5-0 in conference play.

The Red Devils slip to 9-3 overall and drop their first conference match up to stand at 3-1. They are on the road on Saturday, traveling to Swarthmore College for a 3:00 pm start.