#12-Ranked Gettysburg Pulls Away In Second Half To End Royals' 2011 Season With 8-3 Victory In NCAA 1st-Round Game Wednesday

Senior Mike Rufo will join fellow senior Colin McPoyle and juniors Tim Cleary and Taylor Nelson as captains for the men's lacrosse team for the upcoming 2012 season
Senior Mike Rufo will join fellow senior Colin McPoyle and juniors Tim Cleary and Taylor Nelson as captains for the men's lacrosse team for the upcoming 2012 season
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

GETTYSBURG, Pa.—For 33 minutes The University of Scranton stood toe-to-toe with #12-ranked Gettysburg College in an NCAA first-round game at Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium.

Then the Bullets shot down the Royals' dream of pulling off the upset, holding Scranton scoreless over the final 27 minutes of play to pull away for an 8-3 victory.

Junior midfielder J.C. Ward (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) scored back-to-back goals during a four-minute span in the third period as the Bullets, now 12-6, scored five straight goals to break away from a 3-3 tie. 

Gettysburg also received two goals from freshman attacker Martin Manilla (Fairport, NY./Fairport), an goal and two assist from senior Danno Lynch (Medford, Mass./Avon Old Farms {Conn.}), and a goal apiece from senior midfielder Andrew Ryan (Palm Beach, Fla./Westminster School {Conn.}), and freshman attacker Henry Tesar (Lake Bluff, Ill./Avon Old Farms {Conn.}).

Scranton, which ended its 2011 season with a 9-8 record, received a goal each from junior attacker Daniel Slade (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East), senior attacker J.P. Barton (North Brunswick, N.J./St. Joseph Metuchen) and freshman attacker Gus Sturm (Devon, Pa./Conestoga) and an assist from junior midfielder Matt Glenn (Jamison, Pa./Central Bucks East) and sophomore attacker Taylor Nelson (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East).

With sophomore goalkeeper Ben Worthington (Jenkintown, Pa./Archbishop Wood) making 10 of his game-high 14 saves in the first half, the Royals were in prime position to knock off the Bullets.  They took advantage of a one-minute slashing penalty to score a man-up goal, as Sturm connected, unassisted, for his seventh goal of the season to tie the game at 3-3 with 13:57 remaining in the third period.

Scranton's joy, however, was short-lived.  Ward answered Sturm's goal with an unassisted one of his own forty seconds later to give Gettysburg the lead for good and followed with another four minutes later off an assist from Lynch to extend the lead to 5-3. Manilla closed out the scoring in the third period with an unassisted goal with 5:33 left.

The Bullets turned their defense up a notch after intermission, limiting Scranton to just five shots on goal, four of which were saved by Gettysburg sophomore goalkeeper J.T. McCook (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Preparatory), who finished with 12 altogether.

Scranton senior Patrick Cefalu (East Islip, N.Y./East Islip) further established his reputation as one of the top specialists in the nation by winning 10 of 15 face-off attempts and finishing with five ground balls.  He ends his career as the Royals' all-time leader in ground balls with 443 and a face-off percentage of .629 (741 of 1178).

The Royals, making their first NCAA tournament appearance in the program's 25-year history, will also bid farewell to 13 other seniors who were instrumental in leading the program to a four-year record of  39-28 (.582), including a school-record 12-win season in 2008. 


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