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Men's Lacrosse News & Highlights

March 15, 2013

Eagles Fall in OT to Gettysburg

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Chris Farrar tries to avoid the crease after finishing this shot in the final two minutes. Farrar fell into the crease and the goal did not count.

ST. DAVIDS, Pa.- After falling behind 10-4, Eastern University Men's Lacrosse outscored the visiting Gettysburg College Bullets 7-1 over the final 25 minutes of regulation to force overtime. The No. 10 Bullets, however, scored midway through the first extra period to escape with a 12-11 win. Eastern last lost a regular season game on Olson Field in March of 2011.

The Eagles trailed 11-7 after three quarters. The comeback started in earnest right off the opening faceoff. The Bullet's won the faceoff, but Chris Farrar intercepted a pass back to the Gettysburg goalie and finished from the edge of the crease for his eighth of the year. It was the only goal of the day for the three Eastern attackmen. Farrar, Zac Ivy, and Grant Ferguson had scored 31 of Eastern's 47 goals through four games.

"We knew their poles would be good," head coach Kevin Wallace said after the game, "So our midfield guys were going to have to step up. [Eric] Waibel and Will [Johnson] both really stepped it up today."

One minute later, Waibel cut the deficit to 11-9 with a strong shot to the lower corner from 12 yards out after Johnson skipped  a pass over the Gettysburg defense. The goal was the third of the day for Waibel.

With ten minutes to go, Eastern cut the deficit to a single tally after Ferguson was able to get his hands free to feed Andy Jameson on the crease for his second goal of the day. Jameson spent the first half playing more shifts at a defensive midfield spot. He made a big difference in the attack in the second half for the Eagles.

After both teams had chances, Will Johnson tied the contest just after the four minute mark on a pass from Farrar. The assist is the 61st of Farrar's career, and the senior moved into the second spot on Eastern's career points list with the helper. He is currently fourth in goals and second in assists.

Aaron Benz made a save to earn possession back for the Eagles, and Eastern had shots from Waibel and Will Johnson for the lead. It appeared for a split second that the Eagles had taken the lead on a shot from in tight by Farrar that hit the back of the net, but he fell through the crease after the shot and the goal was immediately disallowed.

The Bullets cleared successfully and had possession with a chance for the lead, but Ron Johnson popped a ball free to give the Eagles a final possession. Eastern had a pair of looks at a game-winner in the final minute. Will Johnson's shot from distance was pushed around the post by J.T. McCook (8 saves), and Jameson's shot from the doorstep grazed the outside of the left post as time expired.

Matt Lee, who faced off all day for an injured AJ Ryan, won the opening draw of the game, and the Eagles had shots at the win. Waibel's high shot was blocked by a defender out front and Gettysburg defender Nick Alibrandi dropped a tremendous stick check to strip the ball free for the final Gettysburg possession.

After a timeout, the Bullets shot high and had two battle for possession on a pair of loose balls before Tim Murphy found Jameson Smith on the doorstep. Smith turned and slipped a low shot past Benz for the game-winner.   

The Eagles had won 12 in a row at home and 15 straight regular-season home games.

Eastern opened the scoring just over eight minutes into the game on a strong dodge and shot from sophomore midfielder Andrew Travers. The Bullets answered with a solo effort from Robby Maddox. Maddox led Gettysburg (4-2) with 14 goals entering today, and the sophomore attackman added to that total with six of Gettysburg's 12 goals today. Maddox also scored six against the Eagles last year at Gettysburg.

Gettysburg led 3-1 after one period and 8-4 at halftime. The Eagles trailed 8-3 with two and a half minutes to play before Waibel closed out the scoring in the first half with a goal. Maddox had five goals and an assist at half. The Bullets fired 35 first-half shots to only 14 for the Eagles.  

Eastern trailed 10-4 with ten minutes to play in the third quarter. Goals from Matt Soldano, Waibel, and Jameson closed the gap to three with 2:43 on the clock. The Bullets picked up a penalty on Jameson's goal, but they appeared to grab momentum back at the end of the extra man opportunity as Maddox tucked home his final tally of the day for a man-down goal in transition.

The 12-11 result is the third straight 12-11 game for Gettysburg. The Bullets beat No. 7 Lynchburg and fell to No. 13 Cabrini by the same score.

"It was two good teams with a chance to win," Wallace said after the game, "I thought Matt Lee did a great job at X in a big spot and our midfield stepped up. We have things to work on, but there were some really good things in the second half."

The Eagles (4-1) have very little time to recover. They host Wesley College at one tomorrow.

Box Score

Updated: Saturday, 16 March 2013

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Kevin Wallace

Kevin Wallace

In 2012, Kevin Wallace led Eastern Men's Lacrosse to its most successful season

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