DALLAS, TX – The Hampden-Sydney lacrosse team defeated Colorado College 9-6 in Dallas, TX, at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on the campus of Southern Methodist University.
Steve Rijo put CC on the board first at 9:44 in the first on an unassisted tally. Micah Keller (Richmond, VA/Christchurch) and Eric Gorsline (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Academy) posted the next two goals at 7:18 and 6:08 to give the Tigers a 2-1 advantage. Colorado's Nick Ahrens evened the score at 2-2 with 5:06 left in the first frame. The Tigers took back momentum as Jess Hawthorne (Richmond, VA/Collegiate) posted an unassisted goal at the 3:30 mark and Keller converted off a Carter Mavromatis (Virginia Beach, VA/Cape Henry) pass to take a 4-2 lead after the first quarter.
The second quarter was back-and-forth, and CC's Henri Halle scored 12 seconds into the quarter on a man up opportunity. Four minutes later, Mavromatis got his second assist as he fed Gorsline for his second goal of the contest. CC's Hunter Sprole responded by finding the back of the net a minute earlier. The Tigers once again scored late in the quarter when Mavromatis found Nate Cundy (Midlothian, VA/James River) for a score to give H-SC a 6-4 advantage going in to intermission.
The second-half proved to be a low scoring affair with just five total goals. Mike Funk (Chantilly, VA/Middleburg) scored off Mavromatis' fourth assist with 2:26 remaining in the stanza, and Keller added his third goal on the afternoon courtesy of a Hawthorne assist at the 1:38 mark to give H-SC an insurmountable 8-4 lead. Moses Taylor and Charles Curtis added fourth quarter goals while Ryan Martin (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) also added a score.
Cody Hornung (Bala Cynwyd, PA/Lower Merion) had one of his best games of his career, tallying 13 saves while making numerous miraculous saves to keep Colorado College at bay. Keller had four points off three goals and one assist while Mavromatis also had four points, all off assists. Keller's three goals now gives him 132 for his career, good for fifth in school history. Gorsline had two goals while Hawthorne had one goal and one assist. Cundy, Funk, and Martin each had one goal while Ben Clarke (Richmond, VA/Midlothian) had one assist. Nate Norbo (Waterford, VA/Loudon Valley) had a team-high three caused turnovers and three groundballs.
Six different players scored goals for Colorado College with eight different players contributing a point, led by Tyler Allen's two assists. Kevin Wylie went 10-15 on face-offs while Zach Steedman tallied eight saves.
Colorado College held a 37-26 advantage in shots, but had a 15-2 advantage in the fourth quarter when H-SC sought to control the ball and limit possessions for the opponents. Hampden-Sydney held a 27-24 edge in groundballs and was 8-9 on clears compared to 10-13 for Colorado. The man-down defense proved to be stout, holding Colorado to a 1-7 mark on EMOs.
H-SC will travel to Lexington, VA, on Saturday to open Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) action against Washington & Lee University at 1 p.m.