(ISN) – GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Junior Jameson Smith (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge) posted four goals and one assist while senior Bijan Firouzan (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon) and junior Paul Werner (Westfield, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) added four goals apiece, leading the Gettysburg College men’s lacrosse team to a 14-4 victory over Goucher College in its season and home opener Wednesday afternoon at a chilly Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium.
With his final goal of the game, Firouzan recorded his 100th career point.
The Bullets, who never trailed in the contest, won their season opener for the 10th year in a row.
Senior Jimmy Morris (Waccabuc, N.Y./John Jay) and freshman Austin Schoenfeld (Rockville, Md./Thomas S. Wootton) added one goal and three assists apiece for Gettysburg while freshman Tim Brady (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) made nine saves in his collegiate start, playing the opening 57:05. Brady became the first Gettysburg freshman to start in goal since Pat Vaughn ’07 in 2004.
Karl Wiswzumerski made four saves while playing the first three quarters in goal for Goucher (2-1).
Playing on a field shrouded by snowbanks, the Bullets opened the scoring when Smith converted a feed from Morris with 12:08 left in the opening quarter. The Gophers pulled even midway through the period on a tally by Gavin Wilson.
The quarter ended with a three-goal flurry over the final 39 seconds. Morris struck for an extra-man goal off a feed from Smith to kick off the scoring before Tristan Morris evened the score for the Gophers with 17 seconds left. Firouzan scored his first goal with five seconds left in the stanza, kicking off a 6-0 run and putting Gettysburg up 3-2 heading into the second quarter.
Werner scored back-to-back goals to extend the Bullets’ advantage to 5-2, then in the final seconds of the half Firouzan forced a turnover before scoring with seven seconds left to hand the Orange and Blue a 7-2 lead at the break.
Firouzan and Schoenfeld scored 19 seconds apart midway through the second quarter to give the Bullets an 8-2 advantage. Will Brennan stopped the bleeding with man-up goal for the Gophers with 5:58 on the third-quarter clock, but the Bullets run off a 4-0 run to put the game out of reach. Smith scored with 4:38 to go in the quarter before Werner struck with 3:43 left in the period and again 23 seconds into the final quarter to make it 11-3.
Smith sandwiched a pair of goals around a man-up tally from Owen Demmerly to make it 13-4 with 6:40 remaining. Firouzan set the final score with his milestone goal during a power play with 2:29 left.
Senior attackman Robby Maddux (Baltimore, Pa./St. Paul’s) contributed three caused turnovers and five ground balls while Schoenfeld also picked up five ground balls. Sophomore Kyle Hewett (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) went 11-for-17 on face-offs.
Gettysburg returns to action on Saturday, when it visits seventh-ranked Salisbury University in a storied non-conference match-up starting at 1 p.m.