HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA - Cabrini College, ranked #19 in the USILA Coaches' Poll, held off a furious fourth quarter rally from the H-SC lacrosse team to win 13-11 on Wednesday afternoon at Everett Stadium.
Cabrini led 3-0 just six minutes into the contest after one even strength and two extra-man goals. Ryan Martin (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) tallied the Tigers first goal off a Thomas Armstrong (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Latin) assist with 5:14 left in the quarter to make a 3-1 Cabrini advantage at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter proved to be all Cabrini again. Bobby Thorp scored three minutes in and then Carter Mavromatis (Virginia Beach, VA/Cape Henry) cut the deficit back to two a little over a minute later. Neither team would score until less than six minutes left in the half. Cabrini built on their lead as Corey Elmer and Damian Sobieski scored at the 5:54 and 3:44 marks. With the Tigers man down, Dontae Buck (Baltimore, MD/Baltimore City College) won the face-off due to a Cabrini false start and Nate Cundy (Midlothian, VA/James River) dodged between two defenders for a one-on-one with the goalie. Cundy capitalized on the golden opportunity for a rare man-down goal. The Cavaliers were able to quell the Tigers momentum as Sobieski scored again with 90 seconds left in the half to make it a 7-3 game at intermission.
Thorp found the back of the net again less than three minutes into the half to give the Cavaliers thier biggest lead of the game, 8-3. The Tigers caught fire next, and Cundy added an unassisted tally with 8:17 left in the third. A minute later, Mavromatis scored off an Armstrong pass to cut the deficit to 8-5. Mavromatis then found the back of the net on a man-up opportunity to make it a 9-6 game. The Cavaliers' Matt Biegel ended the Tiger run with a goal 28 seconds later and then Sobieski posted a score with 32 ticks left to make it 10-6 heading into the final frame.
The Tigers played some of their best lacrosse of the season in the fourth quarter. Nate Cundy score at 11:29, but Brian Hill added a goal at 8:57 to keep it a for-goal game. H-SC wasted little time to start their comeback. Cundy scored again, this time off a Mavromatis pass, 36 seconds later. Micah Keller (Richmond, VA/Christchurch) fired off a rocket shot that one-bounced into the net with 4:51 remaining. Ben Clarke (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Academy) grabbed a loose ball in front of the net and pulled off a behind the back goal into the opposite corner to make it a one-goal game, 11-10, with 3:15 left. Martin then tied up the game off a Cundy pass with just 1:17 left in the game.
Cabrini won the ensuing face-off, but Brad Mostowy (Atlanta, GA/Alpharetta) forced a turnover and got the groundball seven seconds later. After a Tiger clear, Eric Gorsline (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Academy) appeared to have put the Tigers up 12-11 with 41 seconds left, but the shot went just wide and into the backside of the net. Cabrini turned the ball over in their half of the field after having the ball for just five seconds.
With the Tigers having the chance to win the game with the final possession, the referees whistled the play dead and gave the ball to Cabrini after the ambulance siren blew for the second time without prior warning. The turnover resulted in a breakaway, two-on-one shot attempt between Sobieski, another Cabrini player, and goalkeeper Cody Hornung (Bala Cynwyd, PA/Lower Merion). Sobieski won the matchup to give the visitors a 12-11 lead with just 29 seconds remaining. Due to a Tiger penalty, Cabrini got the ball back and Thorp scored on an empty net to provide the game's final goal.
Cundy had a game-high four goals along with one assist, Mavromatis posted three goals and an assist, and Martin found the back of the net twice while assisting on another. Clarke and Keller each added one score. Mostowy won 10 of 21 face-offs along with nine groundballs. Hornung played 42 minutes in net and had nine saves.
Thorp and Sobieski each posted four goals for the Cavaliers while Brian Hill had two. Corey Elmer scored once while handing out four assists. Erick Zarzecki recorded eight saves.
Hampden-Sydney had a 35-31 edge in groundballs and had 17 turnovers compared to 21 for Cabrini. Both man-up units struggled to score despite numerous opportunities. Cabrini went 2-9 with the two goals both coming in the first quarter while H-SC was 1-7. Cabrini outshot Hampden-Sydney 39-31. A chippy contest, there were 18 total penalties for a combined 17 minutes of time in the penalty box.
Hampden-Sydney will travel down to Dallas, Texas, this weekend for a game against Colorado College on Sunday at Mustang Stadium on the campus of Southern Methodist University. Game time is 1 pm eastern, 12 pm Dallas (central) time.