Jess Hawthorne's Four Goals Lift H-SC Lacrosse to 9-7 Win at Ohio Wesleyan
Hampden-Sydney got the game off on a strong foot. Hawthorne opened the scoring with an unassisted tally at 11:23. Corey Mavromatis (Virginia Beach, VA / Cape Henry) then fed Mike Funk (Chantilly, VA / Middleburg) from behind and over the cage for the game's second score at 9:40. Funk then returned the favor to Fleet Jernigan (Kitty Hawk, NC / First Flight) for a score off an outside shot to put H-SC up 3-0 at the 6:10 mark. Scoring would come to a halt the rest of the first as H-SC held the Battling Bishops scoreless despite OWU having 13 shots. David Noftsinger (Richmond, VA / Collegiate School) was tremendous between the pipes, making seven saves in the first quarter.
The second quarter was a back-and-forth affair that saw Ohio Wesleyan get back into the contest. James Hughes (Raleigh, NC / Middle Creek) scored the Tiger's fourth goal at 10:47 to make it a 4-0 Tigers lead. Kyle Foster and Spencer Schnell registered back-to-back tallies to cut the lead down to 4-2 with 4:45 left in the half. Each team would trade two more goals to make it a 6-3 Hampden-Sydney lead going in to halftime.
Ohio Wesleyan started off the third quarter with an early Edwin Foster score at 14:06 to make it just a 6-5 Tiger advantage, and then Kyle Foster netted the tiemaker at 9:24. Thomas Armstrong (Charlotte, NC / Charlotte Latin) broke the tie with a goal off a pass from Mavromatis at 5:56 to send the game into the 4th quarter with H-SC ahead 7-6.
Hawthorne found the back of the net for the third time with 9:47 remaining to push Hampden-Sydney ahead 8-6. Scotty Rosenthal attempted to bring the Battling Bishops but that would prove to be the only goal for OWU in the last 24 minutes of the game. Hawthorne finished off the game with an insurance score at the 1:13 mark.
Hawthorne's four goals came courtesy of just five shots. Funk posted a goal and two assists, Armstrong added two goals, and Mavromatis handed out two assists. Hughes recorded one tally while Jake Koferl (Huntersville, NC / Lake Norman) contributed one assist. Brad Mostowy (Atlanta, GA / Alpharetta (GA) / Trinity Pawling (NY)) won 9-of-17 face-offs with six ground balls while Noftsinger recorded nine saves.
Kyle Foster led Ohio Wesleyan with a goal and two assists, Scotty Rosenthal had two scores, and Casey Helms dished out two assists.
OWU outshot H-SC 33-23 and also won the ground balls at 20-18. Each team cleared teh ball well as H-SC was 19-22 and OWU 16-18. The Tigers won 11 of the game's 19 face-offs.
Hampden-Sydney hosts Christopher Newport on Wednesday at 4 pm.