Sophomore Scott MacMillan (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) topped his career high with 23 saves and freshman Connor Koch (Glenview, Ill./Loyola Academy) scored the game-winning goal 1:11 into overtime to lift 12th-ranked Gettysburg College (4-1) to a 7-6 victory over No. 9 York (Pa.) College in non-conference men’s lacrosse action Wednesday afternoon.
Gettysburg’s Top Performers
- Scott MacMillan ’22 – 23 Saves (Career High), 3 Ground Balls
- Connor Koch ’23 – 2 Goals
- Nick Cooper ’21 (Glen Gardner, N.J./Gill St. Bernard’s) – 2 Goals
- Griffin Gallagher ’22 (Ardmore, Pa./Shipley School) – Goal, Assist
- Mitch Wykoff ’20 (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) – 5 Ground Balls, Caused Turnover
- Andrew Horn ’21 (Bronxville, N.Y./Avon Old Farms) – 4 Ground Balls, 2 Caused Turnovers
York’s Top Performers
- Brendan O’Sullivan – 2 Goals, 4 Ground Balls
- Chandler Schmidt – 2 Goals
- Gunnar Reynolds – 2 Goals
- Tyler Nation – Assist, 4 Ground Balls, 3 Caused Turnovers
- Jack Michael – 9 Saves
How It Happened…
- The Bullets were held out of the scoring column in the first quarter as Michael racked up four stops. Reynolds tossed in the first goal 1:53 into the game and O’Sullivan made it a 2-0 advantage with less than six minutes left.
- Cooper put Gettysburg on the board just over four minutes into the second quarter. The Spartans converted off a turnover as Reynolds lit the lamp again to push the advantage to 3-1 with 8:41 remaining in the half.
- The Bullets won the ensuing face-off and following a stop by Michael on a shot by Koch, senior Michael McCormick (Lorton, Va./Paul VI Catholic) connected off a feed by Gallagher. MacMillan stopped York on each of the next three possessions, while Gallagher tied the game 3-3 with five minutes remaining in the half. A final stop by MacMillan with under a minute left preserved the deadlock heading into the break.
- MacMillan opened the second half with the first of eight saves in the third quarter 29 seconds into the frame. The Bullets came right back on the other end with a pair of goals as Koch notched his first of the season and junior Jack Fletcher (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day School) connected to make it a 5-3 lead with 12:28 left in the stanza.
- Despite a strong stance in goal by MacMillan, York’s shooting barrage eventually found some seams around the Bullet keeper. Schmidt connected on both goals for the Spartans with the second coming off an assist by Nation with 3:47 left. MacMillan posted two more saves in the final 30 seconds to maintain the tie.
- O’Sullivan capped the three-goal run and gave the hosts a 6-5 lead with 9:43 to play. Michael posted a stop on a shot by Cooper, while MacMillan matched him with a save on a shot by Eben Ordakowski to keep the margin at one.
- Gettysburg’s pressure eventually led to a turnover by York and the Bullets made the possession count as Cooper broke around the back of the cage and beat a pair of defenders for the game-tying goal with 2:37 left. York’s final shot hit the crossbar with just over a minute left, while two attempts by Gettysburg were wide of the mark in the final minute.
- The Bullets aimed to take advantage of a man-up opportunity at the start of the extra session, but Michael came up with his final save. Gettysburg recovered the loose ball and after missing his first shot of the overtime period, Koch connected on his second 1:11 into the frame to send his team running onto the field.
By the Numbers
- York out-shot Gettysburg 44-34 and led in ground balls 37-33. The Spartans held a slight 8-7 lead in face-off wins.
- Gettysburg was coming off a 10-5 win over No. 16 Stevenson University. The last time the team posted back-to-back wins over nationally-ranked teams came against the same two teams two years ago. In 2018, the Bullets topped No. 15 Stevenson 7-6 in overtime and beat No. 4 York 8-6. Both of those games were on the road as well.
- Koch is the first Gettysburg freshman to score the game-winning goal in overtime since Jameson Smith ’16 netted the winner against Eastern University in 2013.
- MacMillan topped his personal best for saves for the second time this spring. The sophomore logged 21 against Goucher College just two weeks ago. His 23 saves against York marked the most since Jon Maddalone ’14 went for the same number against Washington in 2014. MacMillan is the first Gettysburg goalie with 20 saves in multiple games in the same seasons since Tim McGinnis ’03 against Salisbury (22) and Washington & Lee (20) in 2002. Over his last four games, MacMillan has totaled 72 saves and posted a save percentage of .742.
- Senior attackman Brian Kolen (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) dished out an assist and moved into a tie for eighth on Gettysburg’s career scoring list alongside 1983 grads Neill Mitchell and Chris Boehcmke.
Where the Series Stands
Gettysburg took a 4-3 lead in the series with York. The teams have rotated wins and losses since the Bullets won the first-ever meeting 12-6 in 2015. The visiting team has won the last five match ups.
Gettysburg faces unbeaten Widener University (4-0) on Saturday at 1 p.m.
This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.