Washington & Lee Closes Out a 9-8 Thriller Against the Tigers

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA - Washington & Lee, the #6 seed for the ODAC Tournament, beat #3 seed Hampden-Sydney 9-8 in an ODAC Tournament Quarterfinals thriller at Hampden-Sydney on Wednesday.

Washington & Lee controlled time of possession throughout the first half as they had few turnovers while the Tigers struggled to possess the ball due to a bevy of unforced turnovers. The Generals took advantage of the Tiger miscues as Garrett Paglia scored the game's first goal at 6:19. Jack Switala pushed the lead out to 2-0 with 1:07 to go in the quarter.

Both offenses got in the groove more in the second quarter. Paglia opened the frame with a goal at 14:12. Ben Clarke (Virginia Beach, VA / Norfolk Academy) answered with a tally at 12:10, assisted by Nate Cundy (). Luke Heinsohn scored under a minute later, but Micah Keller (Richmond, VA / Christchurch) replied with a goal off an Eric Gorsline (Virginia Beach, VA / Norfolk Academy) pass to make it a 4-2 contest with 9:47 left in the half. Cameron Dabir scored a minute later, and Sam Mott finished off a man-up opportunity to give W&L their largest lead of the game at 6-2 with 8:23 to go. Both offenses struggled for the rest of the half, but Keller was able to score off a rocket shot with 26 ticks left in the half.

The goal proved to give Hampden-Sydney some positive momentum after intermission as the Tigers scored four straight goals, all assisted by Carter Mavromatis (Virginia Beach, VA / Cape Henry). Ryan Martin (Midlothian, VA / Cosbyscored the first at 12:45 while Thomas Armstrong (Charlotte, NC / Charlotte Latin) converted at 8:53 to cut the advantage to just 6-5. Clarke posted the tie-maker at the 7:50 mark, and then gave the Tigers a 7-6 lead with 2:18 to go in the third quarter. Cam Lewis then tied the game at 7-7 with 55 seconds to go to in the quarter.

Back-to-back goals from Switala and Lewis gave Washington & Lee a 9-7 lead with 11:21 left in the game. Clarke then trimmed the Generals lead down to 9-8 with 5:02 left in the contest. The Tigers fired off two shots under the four-minute mark, but a turnover at 2:32 proved costly as Washington & Lee never lost possession to close out the game.

Clarke posted four goals in his first full game back from an injury suffered in March, and Mavromatis posted four assists to finish his career with 108, the sixth most in ODAC history. Keller finished the game with two scores, Gorsline had two assists. Martin, Cundy, and Armstrong each contributed one point. Brad Mostowy (Atlanta, GA / Alpharetta) went 7-16 on face-offs with six ground balls, and Cody Hornung (Bala Cynwyd, PA / Lower Merion) stopped seven shots.

Lewis, Switala, and Paglia had had two goals for the Generals, and Scott Meehan posted two assists. Jared Mitchell went 11-18 on face-offs with eight ground balls.

The Generals outshot the Tigers 34-23, but H-SC held a 25-22 edge in ground balls. W&L was 15-16 on clears compared to a 13-17 outing from Hampden-Sydney. The Washington & Lee man-up offense and defense proved to be a big factor as the Generals scored on three of their five opportunities while holding H-SC to a 1-4 outing.

The Tigers end their season with a 9-7 overall record and a 5-2 mark in ODAC play.