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Haverford College men fall in MAC title game to Gettysburg, 12-5

Sunday, 3rd May 2009

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, posted 5/3/09

The first time was not the charm for the Haverford College men’s lacrosse team.

The host Black Squirrels, playing in their first Centennial Conference postseason tournament title game on Sunday afternoon at Swan Field, fell to Gettysburg College, 12-5, on a dreary and rainy day.

The Bullets (12-3), ranked sixth in the nation, scored three times in the final 5:04 of the second to take a 6-3 lead into the halftime break, posted two more up on the board in the third, and then added the first three goals of the fourth quarter to take what had been basically a do-over with the score tied at three into a runaway at 11-3 with a little more than 10 minutes left in the game.

The No. 8 Black Squirrels (12-3) asserted themselves, to cut into the lead and flame the hopes of a wild comeback.

As the clock ticked past the 8-minute mark, Jason Leeds scored for Haverford to end the drought. A little more than two minutes later Brian Fleishhacker tallied his third goal of the day off one of three assists from Max Hjelm (Conestoga). That made it 11-5.

That would be the end of the rally, however, as Gettysburg held firm the rest of the way and even added one last goal in the final minute to capture the tournament finale.

Fleishhacker’s three goals led the Fords in scoring while Hjelm notched one goal in the loss. Gettysburg was led by Josh Reichert’s four goals, while Tom O’Donnell (La Salle) scored once.

The Bullets’ win means they receive the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA championship tournament but, like last year, the Black Squirrels have strong hope that they will earn an at-large bid which will be announced by the NCAA late tonight.



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