Men's Lax Drops Heartbreaker to No. 20 Gettysburg in Double Overtime, 8-7
GETTYSBURG, Pa. - On the verge of its first victory over Gettysburg since 1985 and its first win over a ranked opponent in program history, the Swarthmore College men's lacrosse team (4-5, 1-2) fell painstakingly close in the final moments, as the Bullets' Henry Tesar scored the game-winning 18 seconds into the second overtime to give No. 20 Gettysburg an 8-7 (20T) win over the Garnet on Saturday afternoon.
Freshman Ian Lukaszewicz, sophomore Jonathan Molloy (pictured) and senior Zach Belden all netted two goals for the Garnet, while senior captain Max Hubbard rounded out the scoring with one goal. The Garnet appeared on the verge of the historic upset from the Battlefield when Lukaszewicz scored midway through the third period to put the Garnet up 6-3. But the Bullets rallied, scoring four goals over the next nine minutes to pull ahead 7-6 with 9:40 to play in the fourth.
Now trailing after holding the lead for three periods, Swarthmore found the equalizer from the first-year Lukaszewicz, who came up big again with his second goal of the game, making it a 7-7 game with 7:31 to play.
The game would remain scoreless for the remainder of regulation and through the first overtime. On the faceoff of the second overtime, Gettysburg junior long-stick midfielder Ian Casella won the faceoff and dished out an assist to sophomore Henry Tesar for the dramatic game-winner. The goal was Tesar's second of the day.
Along with Tesar, fellow sophomore Martin Manilla contributed three goals, and freshman Bijan Firouzan added a goal and three assists for the Bullets.
Less than two minutes into the first quarter, Molloy gave the Garnet a 1-0 lead. Gettysburg sophomore Martin Manilla would tie the game up three minutes later, but Swarthmore responded towards the end of the quarter. Molloy netted his second of the day, and Hubbard scored as well to give Swarthmore a 3-1 lead going into the second quarter.
The second period was somewhat of a defensive battle, featuring 10 minutes of scoreless hard-fought lacrosse. With five minutes to go, Belden kept the Garnet scoring streak alive to give Swarthmore a three-goal advantage. Manilla would get another just before the half to cut that deficit to two goals(4-2).
On the defensive end, senior captain Matt Bowers finished with a team-high six ground balls while sophomore Geli Carabases finished with four caused turnovers. In net for Swat, senior Michael Brockway turned away seven shots.
Swarthmore returns to Centennial action on Saturday when it travels to Franklin & Marshall.