HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA - Ryan Martin (Midlothian, VA / Cosby) scored with only 1.6 seconds left on the clock to give the Tigers a 9-8 season-opening win over Mary Washington. The win also gave Head Coach Ray Rostan his 300th career win.
The freezing cold conditions complemented by snow throughout the entire game did not prove to be a fan friendly atmosphere, but the two teams made up for it with a thrilling finish. The Tigers got the ball back with less than 20 seconds to go and Martin backed down his defender before turning around and firing off a shot low into the net for the game-winner.
Hampden-Sydney led 3-2 after one quarter as Thomas Armstrong (Charlotte, NC / Charlotte Latin) and Abbot Wallenborn (Crozet, VA / Western Albemarle) posted man up scores in addition to Jess Hawthorne's (Richmond, VA / Collegiate) even strength goal. Luke Dick provided both goals for Mary Washington.
The Tigers further built on their lead with a 3-1 second quarter to head in to halftime up 6-3. Armstrong scored another man up goal at the 12:56 mark while Mike Funk (Chantilly, VA / Middleburg) found the back of the net with 7:41 left in the half. Billy Kelly scored his first goal at 6:02 to make it a 5-3 H-SC lead, but Martin posted a goal with 42 seconds to go to make it 6-3.
The tide changed in the second-half as Billy Kelly caught fire for the Eagles. He scored at 13:57 and then again at 12:30 to cut their deficit down to just 6-5. Wallenborn scored his second goal of the game at 8:51 to help keep Mary Washington at bay, but Kelly posted his third goal of the quarter to make it a 7-6 contest. Hawthorne and Chris Garcia traded scores to end the quarter with the Tigers up 8-7.
Offense became a premium in the fourth quarter despite Mary Washington having five man up opportunities in the final frame. Their lone man up goal of the quarter ended up tying the game when Matt Ganskopp put the ball in the net at the 7:29 mark. Martin then finished off the game on his buzzer-beating goal.
Armstrong contributed two goals and one assist while Hawthorne and Martin each had two scores. Corey Mavromatis (Virginia Beach, VA / Cape Henry) dished out two assists, and Funk contributed one goal and one assist. Brad Mostowy (Atlanta, GA / Alpharetta (GA) / Trinity Pawling (NY)) was dominant on face-offs, winning 14-of-20 attempts with 15 ground balls. Cody Hornung (Bala Cynwyd, PA / Lower Merion) and David Noftsinger (Richmond, VA / Collegiate School) each had a strong half of goaltending. Hornung got the start for the first half as he made seven saves while allowing just three goals. Noftsinger got the start in the net after halftime and also tallied seven saves while allowing five scores.
Kelly led all players with four goals for the Eagles. Dick added on two goals and an assist while Garcia had one score and two helpers. Zack Del Grosso made eight saves between the pipes.
Hampden-Sydney held a 38-25 advantage in ground balls and won 15-of-21 face-offs. Mary Washington had just 14 turnovers compared to 25 for H-SC, and the Eagles also outshot the Tigers 37-32. Man-up offense and defense proved to be a major factor. H-SC was an efficient 3-for-5 on man-up while UMW struggled with just a 2-9 output on EMOs.
Hampden-Sydney will host #3 Stevenson University next Saturday at 1 pm.