WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel jumped out to an 8-2 halftime advantage before holding on to topple No. 13 Gettysburg 12-10 in Centennial Conference (CC) men's lacrosse action on Saturday.
Skippy Clary (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) scored three goals to lead the Green Terror (8-6, 4-3 CC), who handed the Bullets (10-4, 6-1 CC) their first conference loss of the season. JS Duke (Fort Washington, Md./Upper Dublin) added two goals and three assists in the team's first win over Gettysburg since 1997, snapping a 17-game losing streak in the series. By virtue of a Swarthmore win over Haverford and Franklin & Marshall victory over Dickinson, McDaniel now just needs a victory at Swarthmore next Saturday to secure its third playoff berth in four years.
Ryan Fumai, Bobby DeWees and Bijan Firouzan each tallied twice for the Bullets.
After Firouzan staked the visitors to an early 1-0 lead with a solo run 2:43 into the game, Duke found Mat Dupras (Hillsborough, N.J./Immaculata) for a man-up tally with 9:24 to play that started a 6-0 run to seize control early.
Back-to-back unassisted tallies from Clary followed by Alex Creech's (Fort Collins, Colo./Rocky Mountain) first career goal with 31 seconds to play in the opening period stretched the lead to 4-1.
Michael Woglom (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) finished a Dupras assist 1:44 into the second quarter and DJ Rickels (Forest Hill, Md./Boys Latin School of Maryland) scored with 11:31 showing to make it a 6-1 game.
Evan Thomas momentarily halted the run with 7:46 to play but Nick DiBernardo (Towson, Md./Calvert Hall) responded 26 seconds later and Duke finished from Rickels with 4:35 on the clock for an 8-2 halftime lead.
Four straight goals to start the second half, including tallied from Robby Maddux and Fumai five seconds apart to cap the run, pulled the Bullets within 8-6 with 6:46 remaining.
Duke found Clary with 1:56 to play then Ryan Gillen (Merrick, N.Y./Calhoun) hit Rickels immediately off one of his seven faceoff wins to push the lead to 10-6 just six ticks later.
Duke hit DiBernardo with 10:38 to play in the fourth quarter then finished a solo run of his own 3:28 later to stretch the advantage back to six.
Fumai tallied with 6:37 remaining before Ian Casella found the back of the net 17 seconds later.
Consecutive DeWees scores in the final 3:24 set the final margin.
Senior Brad Motley (Fallston, Md./Fallston) made a career-high 17 saves for the Green Terror on Senior Day. Gettysburg finished with a 37-28 advantage in shots.
Saturday's regular-season finale begins at 1 p.m.