OWU Falls To Gettysburg In Quarterfinals

Ohio Wesleyan and junior Cole Jamieson bowed out of the 2018 NCAA Div. III Tournament with an 8-5 loss in the quarterfinal round at Gettysburg on May 16th
Ohio Wesleyan and junior Cole Jamieson bowed out of the 2018 NCAA Div. III Tournament with an 8-5 loss in the quarterfinal round at Gettysburg on May 16th

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Story Courtesy of the Ohio Wesleyan Sports Information Department

Senior midfielder Peter Hamblett (Portsmouth, NH/Portsmouth), junior midfielder Cole Jamieson (Okemos, MI/Okemos) and junior attacker Jack Jeschke (Syracuse, NY/Christian Brothers Academy) rang up fourth-quarter goals to bring Ohio Wesleyan within 7-5, but third-ranked Gettysburg withstood the Ohio Wesleyan comeback to defeat the 11th-ranked Bishops in an NCAA Division III Tournament Quarterfinal matchup on Wednesday in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

The Bishops trailed, 7-2, after Gettysburg's Andrew Garstka scored a man-up goal with 8:35 left in regulation time.

Senior defenseman Bradford Marcotte (Duxbury, MA/Duxbury) picked up the ground ball on the ensuing face-off and took the ball into the Gettysburg end of the field, then found Hamblett streaking up the middle of the field unchecked.  Hamblett fielded the pass and whipped a shot past Bullet keeper Tim Brady to make it 7-3 with 8:09 remaining.

Jamieson tallied an unassisted goal to bring the Bishops within 7-4 with 3:32 left, and on the play, Bullet defenseman Nick Hill was flagged for slashing and unsportsmanlike conduct, giving the Bishops a non-releaseable man-up situation.  Senior defenseman Justin Smith (Coronado, CA/Coronado) collected the ensuing face-off, and junior attacker Steven Hildebrand (Berwyn, PA/Conestoga) sent a pass to Jeschke, with Jeschke burying the shot to pull the Bishops within 7-5 at the 3:08 mark.

Smith picked up the next face-off to give the ball back to the Bishops, but Hildebrand lost the ball and Gettysburg gained possession, and Hildebrand was penalized for unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct on the play, leaving the teams 5-on-5 with 2:02 to go.

With senior Ben Rigger (Decatur, GA/Decatur) out of the crease guarding a Gettysburg player, looking to help the Bishop defense force a turnover, Garstka scored into the empty net to seal the outcome.

Gettysburg had taken the lead 30 seconds into the game when Sam Runkel picked up a loose ball and found Jack Fletcher in transition, with Fletcher connecting on the shot.

Both goalkeepers turned in outstanding plays during the quarter before Hildebrand collected a loose ball in front of the Bullet crease and deposited it into the back of the net to even the score at 1.

Michael McCormick scored early in the second quarter for Gettysburg, but junior attacker Max Tennant (Englewood, CO/Cherry Creek) got the goal back off a feed from sophomore midfielder Lucas Smith (Purcellville, VA/Woodgrove) with 5:24 left in the first half.

The Bullets took the lead late in the quarter when Jack Harvey scored with :09 left, and Gettysburg added to the lead with third-quarter scores by McCormick, Garstka, and Will DeMartin.

Hildebrand led the Bishops with a goal and an assist.  Rigger stopped 11 shots in the Ohio Wesleyan crease.

Garstka had 3 goals for Gettysburg.  Brady had 8 saves for the Bullets.