(Gettysburg, Pa.) – In front of a huge and enthusiastic crowd of Red Devil fans, the #9 ranked Dickinson men's lacrosse team rallied past #3 ranked Gettysburg College to capture the 2018 Centennial Conference Championship on Saturday afternoon. The Red Devils had a strong start but had to rally from a 6-4 deficit at halftime to claim the program's fourth conference title with a 9-8 victory.
Tournament Most Valuable Player Tyler Strods (Skaneateles, N.Y./Skaneateles) put the Red Devils on the board first as Dickinson opened with a 4-1 run.
Mike McCormick answered for Gettysburg before senior Mitchell Andres (East Lyme, Conn./Berkshire) scored and Jack O'Connell (Sands Point, N.Y./Westminster) finished an assist from Dylan Maher (Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield) to give Dickinson a 3-1 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
O'Connell opened the second, scoring off an assist from Strods on an extra-man opportunity to make the score, 4-1.
The Bullets countered with a 5-0 run, using a pair of Dickinson penalties and a goal with literally no time remaining to take a 6-4 lead into halftime.
Strods took center stage in the third quarter, scoring four straight goals to put the Red Devils back on top, 8-6, heading into the final stanza.
The Bullets pulled even with goals from Brian Kolen and Jack Harvey, as they knotted the game with 5:39 remaining in regulation.
The teams traded possessions over the final five minutes with each having opportunities on the offensive end. The defenses would hold, however, as the clock wound down under two minutes.
The Red Devils worked the ball to the top and junior Brodie Phillips (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's Belfield) found just enough daylight to net the game-winner, scoring off an assist from Nick Goles (Monkton, Md./Loyola Blakefield) with 1:28 on the clock.
The Red Devils gained possession on the face-off and were able to draw a penalty and run out the time to capture the program's fourth conference title under Head Coach Dave Webster.
Strods added four grounds balls to his five goals and one assist on the day. O'Connell tallied two goals and one assist, and Maher dished out two assists and controlled three GBs.
Nate Usich (Avon, Conn./Avon Old Farms) forced a pair of turnovers and grabbed three GBs. Patrick Finneran (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) and Jack Doran (Ardmore, Pa./Haverford School) each picked up three ground balls, anchoring an outstanding defensive effort along with Zach Blumenstein (Chevy Chase, Md./Georgetown Prep).
Sophomore Cole Pellicano (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) returned to the nets, making 13 saves on the day. Junior Bobby Hartwick (Brookeville, Md./Georgetown Prep) won six face-offs to set an unofficial tournament record with 31 wins, claiming a school record 25 in Wednesday's semifinal match-up with Franklin & Marshall.
The Bullets drop just their second game of the season, falling to 16-2 overall. The Red Devils improve to 15-3 on the year. They earned the automatic bid, and will host Lynchburg College in the NCAA Division III Tournament Second Round on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 at Biddle Field. Opening faceoff time is TBA.