FREDERICKSBURG, VA - Mary Washington defeated Hampden-Sydney lacrosse 10-7 in the Tigers season opener in Fredericksburg, VA.
Sean Dacey and Luke Dick scored the first two goals of the game with 8:22 left in the first quarter, but Ryan Martin (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) and Ben Clarke (Virginia Beach,VA/Norfolk Academy) closed out the quarter with two goals to make it a 2-2 contest after 15. The Eagles scored the next five goals of the game to go into the fourth quarter with a 7-2 lead.
The Tigers offense woke up in the final frame when Micah Keller (Richmond, VA/Christchurch) and Clarke scored two goals in the first three minutes to cut the advantage to just three, 7-4. Dick and Paul Tunick answered the comeback attempt with two straight goals to push the lead back out to 9-4 with 8:23 left in the contest. Martin and Dacey traded goals while Keller and Clarke scored the final two goals with 1:04 and 55 seconds left in the contest.
Clarke posted three goals while Keller and Martin each had two goals and one assist. Nate Cundy (Midlothian, VA/James River), Thomas Armstrong (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Latin), and Carter Mavromatis (Virginia Beach, VA/Cape Henry) each posted an assist. Brad Mostowy (Atlanta, GA/Alpharetta) went 11-20 on faceoffs with seven groundballs. Cody Hornung (Bala Cynwyd, PA/Lower Merion) and David Noftsinger (Richmond, VA/Collegiate School) each played 30 minutes in net as they combined for 11 saves and five groundballs.
Dacey contributed three goals while Dick and Tunick had two goals and one assist. Peter McDermott, John Tobin, and Harry Synder had one goal apiece while John Bohlinger had two assists. Matt Prin played all 60 minutes in net and posted 19 saves.
H-SC held a 30-29 advantage in shots while UMW had a slim 40-35 advantage in ground balls. Mary Washington was 19-for-20 on clears while the Tigers went 15-for-19. The H-SC man-down defense was stout all afternoon, holding Mary Washington to a 1-9 mark including going 0-7 in the fourth quarter.
The Tigers will host Catholic University on Tuesday at 4 p.m. for their home opener.