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Lacrosse Overcomes Slow First Quarter for 9-5 Win Over Greensboro

David Noftsinger
David Noftsinger

GREENSBORO, NC – The Hampden-Sydney Lacrosse team overcame a 4-2 first-quarter deficit to defeat the Greensboro College Pride 9-5 on Wednesday afternoon.

Jaeger Carlyle put the Pride on the scoreboard first at 13:56 off an assist from Brodie Ceperich, but Jake Koferl (Huntersville, NC / Lake Norman) tied the game at 12:14 off an unassisted tally. Denis Radcliffe and Ryan Kissner scored the next two goals to give Greensboro a 3-1 lead with 9:04 left in the first quarter. Koferl found the back of the net for the second time in the quarter to trim the deficit to 3-2, but Ceperich scored to make it a 4-2 Pride lead after 15 minutes of action.

The Tigers defense locked up the Pride over the next 45 minutes by giving up just one more goal, allowing the offense to gradually put the Tigers in front. Thomas Armstrong (Charlotte, NC / Charlotte Latin) netted his first score just under four minutes into the second quarter, and Abbot Wallenborn (Crozet, VA / Western Albemarle) tied the game at 4-4 going into halftime off an extra-man opportunity at 1:37.

Alexander Vander Hof regained the lead for Greensboro at the 8:10 mark of the third quarter. James Hughes (Raleigh, NC / Middle Creek) knotted the game at 5-5 on an unassisted goal, and two consecutive scores from Mike Funk (Chantilly, VA / Middleburg) in the last four minutes of the third quarter provided a 7-5 advantage for the good guys going into the final frame.

Hughes and Armstrong each scored in the fourth, and seven fourth-quarter saves from David Noftsinger (Richmond, VA / Collegiate School) sealed the win.

Noftsinger posted a career-high 16 saves and scooped five ground balls. Koferl posted a career-best five points on two goals and three assists with four ground balls. Armstrong tallied two goals and an assist while Hughes and Funk each scored twice.

Matt Dittemore stopped 14 shots, and Gianni Gonzalez won 13-of-18 face-offs. Kissner, Carlyle, and Ceperich each contributed a goal and an assist. Wyatt Clay corralled 12 ground balls and forced four turnovers.

Greensboro won the ground ball battle 51-38, won 13-of-18 face offs, and outshot H-SC 34-30. The Tigers went 2-7 on man up opportunities and limited Greensboro to 0-4. The Tigers man-down defense has not allowed a goal in the last 12 opportunities.

Hampden-Sydney returns home for a 7 pm matchup vs. Virginia Wesleyan College on Saturday.