HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA - H-SC Lacrosse hosted Randolph-Macon in the school's first game under the lights on Hellmuth-Pritzlaff field and vanquished Randolph-Macon 14-9 on Friday night.
Randolph-Macon won the opening face-off and possessed the ball for nearly all of the first eight minutes as the Tigers struggled to maintain possession with turnovers in the early going. A Randolph-Macon penalty at the 6:54 mark gave the Tigers an automatic clear and allowed H-SC to get into it's offense. Hampden-Sydney then got on board with a Jess Hawthorne (Richmond, VA / Collegiate) score at 5:12. Abbot Wallenborn (Crozet, VA / Western Albemarle) posted a "worm burner" goal with only a few seconds left on the shot clock timer with 3:03 to go in the quarter. H-SC then closed out the quarter with a Ryan Martin (Midlothian, VA / Cosby) goal off a Thomas Armstrong (Charlotte, NC / Charlotte Latin) pass with 56 ticks left in the quarter.
Due to a Randolph-Macon penalty after the goal, the Tigers started the second quarter with the ball and man-up for four seconds. Hawthorne added his second goal of the game just eight seconds in as they were able to capitalize before R-MC's even strength defense was able to get set. The Yellow Jackets scored their first goal at 10:35 from Tim Rowe on an extra man opportunity, and they scored again a minute later to cut the lead to 4-2 with 9:36 left in the half.
A goal from Armstrong and two straight Hawthorne scores pushed the lead out to 7-2 with 4:22 left in the second quarter. Penalties enabled R-MC to crawl back in as they scored back-to-back man-up goals at 1:48 and 1:15. However, the Tigers nullified the Randolph-Macon momentum as Martin and James Hughes (Raleigh, NC / Middle Creek) put a shot past the goalkeeper in the last 1:08 to go into the half up 9-4.
Randolph-Macon drew first blood following intermission as the ODAC's leading scorer in Jason Andrews tallied a goal three minutes in to draw within 9-5. Hughes would not let Randolph-Macon get any momentum as he scored his second and third goals, and along with another Martin goal at 1:01, the Tigers ended the third quarter ahead 12-5.
Each team traded two goals to start the fourth as the Tigers continued to lead by seven, 14-7, with 6:32 remaining. With the game in hand, R-MC managed to score twice more in the last three minutes to provide the 14-9 final score.
Hawthorne and Martin each contributed four goals while Hughes posted three. Armstrong dished out two assists to go along with three scores, and Wallenborn had one goal. Jake Koferl (Huntersville, NC / Lake Norman) had one assist and also went 10-15 on face-offs with six ground balls. Ned Bowden (Crozier, VA / Collegiate) was a force on defense and made four highlight reel quality caused turnovers. David Noftsinger (Richmond, VA / Collegiate Schoo) and Cody Hornung (Bala Cynwyd, PA / Lower Merion) combined to make 11 saves.
Jason Andrews had three goals and an assist for Randolph-Macon, Tim Rowe had three scores, and Ryan Davidson had two goals. Jordan Devito made 11 saves while Nick Benhoff was 12-22 on face-offs.
Despite the Tigers winning pulling away, the team stats proved to be evenly matched. R-MC had a 32-30 edge in ground balls, but the Tigers had just 12 turnovers compared to 16 for Randolph-Macon. Each team had just two failed clears, and H-SC won 13-of-25 face-offs. Randolph-Macon went 4-9 on man-up opportunities while Hampden-Sydney was limited to an 0-5 output.
H-SC will close out their non-conference competition on Wednesday when the Pride of Greensboro College come to town for a 6:30 pm game on Hellmuth-Pritzlaff Turf Field.