April 4, 2012

Tigers Pickup Key 10-8 Win over Arch-Rival Randolph-Macon

ASHLAND, VA - The Tigers lacrosse team picked up a key Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) 10-8 win on the road against Randolph-Macon.

Ryan Martin (Midlothian, VA / Cosby) posted an unassisted tally just 1:17 into the contest to get the Tigers on the board first. Brad Mostowy (Atlanta, GA / Alpharetta) won the ensuing face-off, picked up the groundball, and scored just seven seconds later to put H-SC up 2-0 at the 13:36 mark. Both teams offenses went quiet for 10 minutes before Mike Funk (Chantilly, VA / Middleburg) finished on a Carter Mavromatis (Virginia Beach, VA / Cape Henry) pass at 3:42 and Eric Gorsline (Virginia Beach, VA / Norfolk Academy) scored an unassisted tally at 2:19 to put the Tigers ahead 4-0. Jake Leddy got the Yellow Jacks on the scoreboard with 1:27 left in the quarter. Mostowy performed a repeat of his first goal to make it 5-2 Tigers at 1:16. Time Rowe scored his first of six goals with 27 ticks left int he quarter to make it a 5-2 H-SC lead.

The high output offense continued on through the second quarter. Rowe scored again for R-MC to cut the lead to 5-3, but Jess Hawthorne (Richmond, VA / Collegiate) and Thomas Armstrong (Charlotte, NC / Charlotte Latin) scored the next two to make it a 7-3 advantage with 10:50 left in the half. Each team traded two more goals as Hampden-Sydney went in to the half leading 9-5.

The offense came to a screeching halt in the second half despite there being a combined eight man-up opportunities after intermission. Rowe posted a man-up score at the 8:13 mark of the third, but Armstrong neutralized the goal at 5:52. Those would be the only two goals of the quarter as Hampden-Sydney held on to a four goal (10-6) lead with 15 minutes to play.

Neither team managed to score again until a Rowe man-up goal at 6:55 cut the advantage to one and followed it up again with another goal with 4:06 to go. The Tiger defense held strong while facing 16 shots in the fourth quarter, six of which were saved by Cody Hornung (Bala Cynwyd, PA/Lower Merion).

Mostowy won 12-of-20 face-offs along with two goals and a game-high 12 ground balls. Armstrong posted two goals while Carter Mavromatis and Gorsline each had a goal and an assist. Hawthorne, Funk, Martin, and Corey Mavromatis (Virginia Beach, VA / Cape Henry) all contributed one goal. Hornung made 12 saves in net. 

Rowe led all scorers with six goals. Jason Andrews had a goal and an assist, Leddy scored once, and both Patrick Egan and Justin Butler had two assists. The Tiger defense kept the ODAC's leading point scorer Tyler Midwinter in check, holding him to zero points on only four shots. Jason Crawford recorded 16 saves.

H-SC corralled 29 ground balls compared to 21 for R-MC. Hampden-Sydney was 16-20 on clears while Randolph-Macon went 13-17. The Tigers won 12 of the game's 20 face-offs. H-SC outshot R-MC 39-38, but had a 16-4 deficit in the fourth.

Hampden-Sydney will travel to Greensboro, NC, this Saturday to play the Quakers of Guilford College at 1 pm.