Middlebury's charge sinks Gettysburg

Seven-goal fourth quarter puts away Bullets, 14-9

Division III

May 27, 2002|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - For three quarters, Gettysburg junior goalie Tim McGinnis was nearly unbeatable.

It was the last quarter that was the problem for the Loyola Blakefield grad.

Zach Herbert, named Most Outstanding Player, scored four goals, including two in the fourth quarter, as No. 2 Middlebury scored seven straight goals in the final period to coast to a 14-9 victory over top-ranked Gettysburg in the Division III title game before an announced crowd of 14,411 at Rutgers Stadium.

It was the third straight national championship for Vermont's Middlebury. The Panthers beat Gettysburg, 15-10, in the title game last year.

"The three in a row hasn't sunk in yet," Middlebury coach Erin Quinn said. "The feeling just for today is good enough."

Thanks to the play of McGinnis (15 saves), the game was tied at 7 entering the final quarter, but the Panthers (18-1) went on their seven-goal run to put the Bullets (17-2) away.

Herbert also had three assists. Senior Matt Dunn had two goals and two assists and senior Greg Carroll added four goals for Middlebury.

Gettysburg, with 12 Marylanders on its roster, got three goals from senior Ric Bremer and two each from Pete Milliman and Jake Van Nostrand.

Middlebury 3 2 2 7 - 14

Gettysburg 1 3 3 2 - 9

Goals: M-Herbert 4, Carroll 4, Dunn 2, Seeley, Albro, Fertig, Saraceni; G-Bremer 3, Milliman 2, Van Nostrand 2, Cadman, Smith. Assists: M-Herbert 3, Dunn 2, Seeley 2; G-Milliman, Merlino, Van Nostrand, Purkat, Sharp. Saves: M-Krieger 12, Levy 0; G-McGinnis 15.

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