HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA - The Hampden-Sydney lacrosse team trailed 6-4 at halftime but scored a resounding victory with a big second-half effort to defeat Greensboro College 16-8
The Tigers got on the board at the 13:09 mark in the first quarter as Ryan Martin (Midlothian, VA / Cosby) posted an unassisted goal. Bill Blakely and Max Aiken scored the next two goals to give Greensboro a 2-1 lead with 6:52 remaining in the quarter. Martin evened the game two minutes later, but Alex Vanderhoff put the Pride back in front 3-2 at 3:25. Brad Mostowy (Atlanta, GA / Alpharetta) won the ensuing faceoff, scooped the groundball, and raced down the field to tie the game at 3-3 just 12 seconds later.
The Pride took control of the game early in the second quarter as Blakely scored at 14:01 and Aiken notched a goal at 11:54 to go up 5-3. Jess Hawthorne cut the deficit to one a minute later, but Greensboro's Jaegar Carlyle scored with four seconds left in the half to make it a 6-4 contest.
The Tigers came out of intermission looking like a different team. Carter Mavromatis (Virginia Beach, VA / Cape Henry) made it a 6-5 Pride lead just over two minutes in, but Blakely put Greensboro back up two, 7-5, a the 10:41 mark. That's when the momentum swing kicked in. Skip Jakupi won the face-off and got the ground ball, but Bobby Fulton (Atlanta, GA / Wesleyan) forced a turnover and picked up the ball and scored jsut 13 seconds later at 10:28. The Tigers won the next face-off and Mavromatis finished on a Martin pass in just eight seconds to tie the game at 7-7 just 13 seconds after Greensboro had gone up two goals.
H-SC continued to pile on the goals and took the lead for good on the next goal as Martin scored off a Micah Keller (Richmond, VA / Christchurch) pass to go up 8-7 at the 8:10 mark. The Tigers scored the next seven goals to complete a 10-0 run spanning from 10:28 left in the third to 11:24 left in the fourth. The Tiger defense would end up holding Greensboro to just two goals in the second half.
Keller scored four goals and added three assists for seven points while Martin and Mavromatis each posted three goals and two assists. With the five points, Mavromatis is now second in school history for career midfielder points at 154. He also is now just three assists shy of tying the career assists record of 90 held by Tommy Whitely '89. Jess Hawtorne (Richmond, VA / Collegiate) tacked on two goals. Mostowy won 11-of-21 face-offs along with 10 ground balls and a goal. Cody Hornung (Bala Cynwyd, PA / Lower Merion) made 10 saves while allowing seven goals.
Bill Blakely led the Pride with three goals and one assist and Aiken had two scores. Jakupi won 11-of-23 face-offs with seven ground balls.
H-SC held advantages in groundballs (37-28), turnovers (16-23), clears (22-27, 17-24), and shots (42-32). Each team won 13 face-offs. H-SC was just 1-7 on extra man opportunities while Greensboro was 1-3.
The Tigers will host #5 Lynchburg College on Saturday at 1 pm as part of Greek Week.