Tiger Lax Pulls Away From Guilford 12-5

Thomas Armstrong
Thomas Armstrong

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA - Hampden-Sydney Lacrosse used a six-goal fourth quarter to pull away from the Guilford College Quakers on Wednesday night.

Hampden-Sydney improves to 9-2 overall and 4-0 in the ODAC courtesy of their sixth straight win. Guilford drops to 5-5, 0-3 ODAC.

Guilford took the lead in the early going as goals from Chase Clausen and Daniel Hughey gave the Quakers a 2-0 lead at 8:10. Two goals from Thomas Armstrong (Charlotte, NC / Charlotte Latin) and another from Corey Mavromatis (Virginia Beach, VA / Cape Henry) put the Tigers ahead 3-2 with 3:51 left in the first. Nick Mann then tied the game on a restart with 16 ticks left on the clock.

Both offenses came to a stall in the second quarter as Armstrong posted the only two scores of the frame at 3:19 and 49 seconds to give H-SC a 5-2 lead after one half of play. The third quarter proved to be another low scoring affair. A Hughey goal at 11:40 cut the lead to 5-4, but Jess Hawthorne (Richmond, VA / Collegiate) made it a two-goal game again with five minutes remaining in the third.

The Tigers ended up owning the fourth quarter. Mike Funk (Chantilly, VA / Middleburg) scored just 10 seconds in, and Abbot Wallenborn (Crozet, VA / Western Albemarle) and Ned Bowden (Crozier, VA / Collegiate) posted back-to-back scores to go ahead 9-4. Clausen looked to end the momentum with a man-up goal, but his attempt proved futile as Eric Gorsline (Virginia Beach, VA / Norfolk Academy) nullified it with his first goal of the season. Evan Boden (Washington, DC / St. Stephens & St. Agnes) followed with a goal at 1:49. Following a three-minute illegal check to the head penalty resulting in the ejection of Guilford's Trey Atkinson, Hawthorne pocketed a man-up goal at 1:15 to provide the final 12-5 margin.

Armstrong lead the way with four goals in addition to four ground balls. James Hughes (Raleigh, NC / Middle Creek) handed out three assists, and Hawthorne had two scores. Funk had a goal and two assists while Wallenborn and Mavromatis each contributed a goal and an assist. Brad Mostowy (Atlanta, GA / Alpharetta (GA) / Trinity Pawling (NY)) won 12-of-16 face-off attempts with eight ground balls, and David Noftsinger (Richmond, VA / Collegiate School) posted eight saves.

After Guilford outshot the Tigers 13-5 in the first quarter, the Tigers defense limited the Quakers to just 11 shots the rest of the way as H-SC got 38 total shots. Hampden-Sydney dominated the ground balls 41-20 courtesy of winning 15-of-21 face-offs. Both man-down defenses were on lock down as Hampden-Sydney went just 1-7 on man-up opportunities while Guilford was just 1-4.

Hampden-Sydney travels to Virginia Wesleyan on Wednesday for a 7 pm contest.