March 17, 2012

Lacrosse Takes Down W&L 11-9

LEXINGTON, VA - The Hampden-Sydney lacrosse team used four goals in the final quarter to stage a fourth quarter comeback to defeat Washington & Lee 11-9 on the road.

Micah Keller (Richmond, VA / Christchurch) got the Tigers on the scoreboard first with a goal at 9:39 in the first quarter, but W&L's Drew Kenavan and Scott Meehan each scored to give the Generals a 2-1 advantage after 15 minutes. Thomas Armstrong (Charlotte, NC / Charlotte Latin) evened up the game six minutes into the second quarter, but Mac Means put the Generals back out ahead with 3:55 left in the half. Keller converted off an Armstrong pass two minutes later to tie the game at 3-3, and Eric Gorsline (Virginia Beach, VA / Norfolk Academy) scored off a Nate Cundy (Midlothian, VA / James River) pass with 49 ticks left to put the Tigers up 4-3. W&L's Cameron Dabir posted a goal just 11 seconds later to even the game at 4-4 heading in to intermission.

The Generals opened the second-half strong with Means getting two quick scores to go up 6-4 at the 11:57 mark. Jess Hawthorne (Richmond, VA / Collegiate) scored an unassisted tally a minute later to cut the advantage to 6-5. Both teams went scoreless for six minutes, but the Tigers broke the drought with a Corey Mavromatis (Virginia Beach, VA / Cape Henry) to Armstrong connection with 4:17 left in the third to tie the game at 6-6. Cameron Dabir scored just under a minute later to put the Generals back up by one, but a Ryan Martin (Midlothian, VA / Cosby) man-up goal at 1:38 tied the game again at 7-7. W&L's Cam Lewis gave the Generals a one-goal lead with only seven seconds left.

Keller scored at the 11:11 mark of the fourth quarter for the tie-maker, but Cameron Dabir scored 15 seconds later to put the Generals up 9-8. The Hampden-Sydney defense locked down the W&L offense and kept them scoreless for the remainder of the contest. Gorsline would then tie the game at 9-9 with 5:05 left. Corey Mavromatis then found his brother Carter Mavromatis (Virginia Beach, VA / Cape Henry) at the 2:31 mark for the go-ahead and game-winning goal. Hawthorne tacked on an insurance tally with 1:16 left in the contest.

Cody Hornung (Bala Cynwyd, PA/Lower Merion) stopped 11 shots. Keller had three goals, Armstrong had two goals and one assist, and Hawthorne added two scores. Carter Mavromatis had a goal and two helpers, Corey Mavromatis posted two assists, and Martin contributed a goal and an assist. Bobby Fulton (Atlanta, GA / Wesleyan) had a game-high three caused turnovers while Keller added two. Brad Mostowy (Atlanta, GA / Alpharetta) scooped a team-high seven groundballs while Cameron Sheppard (Denver, CO / Kent Denver) added five.

Means had a game-high five points off three goals and two assists, Meehan had one score and three assists, and Dabir had a hat trick with three goals. Jared Mitchell won 17 of 24 face-offs and had a game-high 11 groundballs.

W&L had advantages in nearly every statistical category, but goalkeeping proved to be their doom as Patrick Jennings recorded just five saves on the afternoon. W&L led in groundballs (33-20), converted all 15 of their clears (H-SC was 14-21), won 17 of 24 faceoffs, and outshot the Tigers 40-23.

Hampden-Sydney returns to the field on the 24th as they host the #13 Maroons of Roanoke College at 1 p.m.