HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA - The Hampden-Sydney lacrosse team wasted little time punching their ticket to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Men's Lacrosse Tournament semi-finals, scoring a 17-7 win over the visiting Virginia Wesleyan College Marlins. The Tigers will travel to Roanoke College this weekend.
The Tigers scored the game-winning eighth goal less than 20 minutes into the contest. Hampden-Sydney scored the first five goals on the day, including two scores from Micah Keller (Richmond, VA/Christchurch). Kevin Topper put the Marlins on board at the 4:10 mark of the first quarter, but Cole Hawthorne (Richmond, VA/Collegiate) scored his second goal of the period to put Hampden-Sydney up 6-1 after the first 15 minutes.
Keller, Nate Cundy (Midlothian, VA/James River), and Ryan Martin (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) posted the first three tallies of the second quarter to give H-SC a 9-1 lead with 10:18 to go in the half. Kyle Wright and Damian Becker scored back-to-back goals, but Cundy found the back of the net for the second time in the frame to send the Tigers into halftime up 10-3.
VWC's Curran Lee scored their fourth goal just 44 seconds after halftime, but Hawthorne and Cundy quieted all hopes of a comeback with goals at 12:21 and 10:39. Brock Waddell and Carter Mavromatis (Virginia Beach, VA/Cape Henry) each scored to close out the quarter with a 13-5 Tigers lead.
Adam Nycz scored 55 seconds into the final frame for the Marlins and Andrew Adamson pocketed a goal at 5:21, but sandwiched in between those two scores were four Hampden-Sydney goals, including two fromBen Clarke (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Academy).
Hawthorne, Martin, Cundy, and Keller all contributed with a hat trick. Keller also had three assists while Hawthorne had two helpers. Clarke tacked on two goals and one assist while Eric Gorsline (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Academy) torched the net twice. Mavromatis contributed with a goal and an assist. Brad Mostowy (Atlanta, GA/Trinity Pawling) went 14 of 21 face-off attempts along with 10 ground balls. Cody Hornung (Bala Cynwyd, PA/Lower Merion) recorded 10 saves and four ground balls.
Seven different players score for Virginia Wesleyan with Adamson added an assist. Hampden-Sydney collected 41 ground balls compared to 30 for Virginia Wesleyan. The Tigers won 17 of the game's 26 face-offs and went 19-21 on clears, compared to 21-26 for VWC. H-SC was also 2-4 on man-up opportunities and held VWC to a 0-4 performance.
The Tigers will travel to Roanoke College on either Saturday or Sunday for the semi-finals at a time to be determined. The winner of that game will play in the ODAC Championship match.