Generals Fall in a Heartbreaker at No. 11 Gettysburg, 14-13

Jack Ware

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Junior midfielder Michael McCormick scored unassisted with 15.5 seconds left to lift the 11th-ranked Gettysburg men's lacrosse team to a 14-13 win over 16th-ranked Washington and Lee on Wednesday afternoon at Shirk Field.

The Bullets (5-2) began the fourth period by scoring three of the first four goals to assume a 13-9 lead with 6:50 remaining.  However, the Generals (4-4) staged a furious comeback, scoring four times in a span of 5:03 to tie the game at 13-13 with 1:21 remaining.

W&L began its game-tying surge on an unassisted score by first-year attackman Garrett Mize (Dallas, Texas / St. Mark's) with 6:24 left.  Junior attackman Mike Weaver (Lititz, Pa. / Cedar Crest) then scored man-up off an assist from junior midfielder Hudson Hamill (Darien, Conn. / Darien) at 5:09, and Hamill then found junior midfielder Jack Ware (Baltimore, Md. / Towson) for a goal at the 3:04 mark that pulled the Generals within a single score (13-12).

The Blue & White then tied the game when junior midfielder Thomas Zusi (Chester, N.J. / Pingry School) tucked a low-to-high laser just under the cross bar with 1:21 left in the contest.  Junior midfielder Jack Hodgson (Richmond, Va. / St. Christopher's) won the ensuing faceoff, but turned the ball over under pressure and the Bullets called timeout to set up the game-winning offensive possession.

The first three quarters were extremely competitive, featuring six ties and five lead changes in the opening 45 minutes of play.  The Generals led by as many as two goals (5-3) following an unassisted goal by Ware with 4:33 left in the second quarter.  The Bullets twice held a two-goal lead, once at 9-7 and again at 10-8 following a transition goal with nine seconds left in the third period.

For the game, W&L held a 40-29 advantage in shots and a 41-30 edge in ground balls.  The Generals also won 19-of-30 faceoffs. 

Ware led the Generals' offense with a career-high five goals.  Senior attackman A.J. Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) posted two goals and two assists, while Mize scored two goals.  Hamill chipped in one goal and four assists, and sophomore goalkeeper Jack Taylor (Baltimore, Md. / Saint Paul's) finished with five saves.

Junior attackman Brian Kolen led the Bullets with five goals and one assist.  McCormick tallied three goals and three assists, while senior midfielder Blake Gray had three goals and one assist.  First-year Scott MacMillan stopped 10 shots in goal for Gettysburg.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Bridgewater for an 8:00 pm contest.

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