Defender Ned Bowden (Crozier, VA / Collegiate) put the Tigers ahead 1-0 just 1:05 in to the game on a transition goal, but Lynchburg tied the game just 13 seconds later when Max Voumard picked up the face-off ground ball and scored at 13:42. The rest of the quarter would be all Hampden-Sydney, however. Following a 30-second pushing penalty on Lynchburg's Chris Hower, Ryan Martin (Midlothian, VA / Cosby) scored on the man-up at 7:29 to take what would prove to be the lead for good. Jake Koferl (Huntersville, NC / Lake Norman) found the back of the net at 4:31, and Thomas Armstrong (Charlotte, NC / Charlotte Latin) scored 50 seconds later to put H-SC up 4-1. Jess Hawthorne (Richmond, VA / Collegiate) found the back of the net with 1:08 left to make it a 5-1 Hampden-Sydney advantage after one quarter of play.
The H-SC offense kept rolling on through the second quarter, but the Lynchburg offense got on track as well. Vin Curran scored Lynchburg's second goal 39 seconds in, but Martin posted the next two to put H-SC up 7-2 at 10:16. Lynchburg scored another goal right off the face-off as Curran won the face-off straight up and beat the H-SC defense for a goal in just eight seconds. The goal sparked a 3-0 Hornets run as Berk Ellis and Campbell Armstrong posted back-to-back goals to trim the deficit to just 7-5 with 5:49 left in the half. The Tigers responded with their own 3-0 run to end the half leading 10-5.
Scoring came at a premium in the second-half as each defense began to take over the game. Todd Galvin make it a 10-6 contest at the 12:16 mark of the third, but Hughes nullified it just under two minutes later to keep it a five-goal Tiger lead, 11-6, with 10:49 remaining in the third. Voumard scored the lone remaining goal in the frame at 4:56 as Hampden-Sydney went into the fourth leading 11-7.
H-SC took the opening face-off in the fourth, but a turnover resulted in a transition goal for Lynchburg's Austin Stewart just 34 seconds into the fourth. Hughes scored what proved to be the game's final goal with over 10 minutes left. The H-SC defense put the Hornets on lock down the rest of the game and David Noftsinger (Richmond, VA / Collegiate School) made three key saves in the final six minutes to seal the win.
Hughes, Martin, and Armstrong each posted a hat trick while Armstrong also added an assist. Mike Funk (Chantilly, VA / Middleburg) and Corey Mavromatis (Virginia Beach, VA / Cape Henry) both contributed two assists. Brad Mostowy (Atlanta, GA / Alpharetta (GA) / Trinity Pawling (NY)) went 8-for-14 on face-offs with a game-high 10 ground balls. Noftsinger posted 11 saves on the night. The H-SC defense - led by starters Cameron Sheppard (Denver, CO / Kent Denver), Bowden, Casey Bendall (Richmond, VA / St. Christopher's), long stick midfielder Austin Black (Dallas, TX / Plano), and short-stick defensive midfielder Bobby Fulton (Atlanta, GA / Wesleyan) - limited Lynchburg to 33 shots, nine below their season average and held the Hornets to just 13 shots in the first half.
Curran and Voumard led Lynchburg with two goals apiece while Campbell Armstrong had a goal and an assist. Curran also went 11-for-19 on face-offs.
H-SC held advantage in nearly every statistical category: 11-7 saves, 36-25 ground balls, 11-16 turnovers committed, 9-7 caused turnovers, and 36-33 shots. The Tigers went a perfect 15-for-15 on clears and held Lynchburg to a 12-16 performance. Lynchburg narrowly won the face-off battle 13-24, but the Hornets were 0-3 on man-up compared to a 2-6 performance from the Tigers.
Hampden-Sydney concludes the regular season with a pivotal contest against #9 Washington & Lee on Saturday at 1 pm at Everett Stadium. The game could potentially determine who earns the #2 for the ODAC Tournament.