April 27, 2014

Lacrosse to Host Randolph-Macon Tuesday at 6 pm for ODAC Tournament

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA – The fourth-seeded Hampden-Sydney Lacrosse team will host fifth-seeded Randolph-Macon College on Tuesday at 6 pm at Hellmuth-Pritzlaff Turf Field for the ODAC Tournament Quarterfinals. The winner advances to play at top-seed Roanoke College on Saturday in the semifinals.

HOW DID H-SC GET HERE?

Hampden-Sydney finished the regular season with a 6-3 mark in ODAC play. The Tigers ultimately ended up as the #4 seed by defeating Randolph-Macon 10-4 in Ashland on March 21. The Tigers had the opportunity to finish with a top-three seed after starting 5-0 in the ODAC, but H-SC lost in overtime to Lynchburg, by two goals to Washington & Lee, and by six goals to Roanoke, all three teams of which finished with only one loss in ODAC competition. The Tigers also earned a one-goal overtime win vs. Guilford.

HOW DID R-MC GET HERE?

The Yellow Jackets finished one game behind Hampden-Sydney at 5-4. Randolph-Macon defeated Virginia Wesleyan 15-14 on Wednesday in what would prove to be the battle for fifth place. The Yellow Jackets lost to the top four teams by at least five goals each and earned two one-goal victories over Virginia Wesleyan and Guilford.

REGULAR SEASON MATCHUP

Hampden-Sydney went into Ashland and came out with a 10-4 win on March 21. The Tigers scored the game's first four goals and led 5-2 after one quarter of play, and neither team scored in the fourth quarter.

Abbot Wallenborn (Crozet, VA / Western Albemarle) led the way on offense with three goals and an assist while James Hughes (Raleigh, NC / Middle Creek) and Thomas Armstrong (Charlotte, NC / Charlotte Latin) each scored twice. While the Tigers have struggled on face-offs for much of the year, Jake Koferl (Huntersville, NC / Lake Norman) had a strong day at the X against arguably the top face-off midfielder in the ODAC in Nick Benhoff. Koferl won 8-of-14 attempts, and in three career matchup, he has gone 20-35 (57.1%) vs. Benhoff.

Defensively, the Tigers were stout. Randolph-Macon was held to just 24 shots, with just 12 on goal, and the Yellow Jackets committed 22 turnovers, their second highest total of the season. Jason Andrews, one of the most prolific offensive players in the ODAC, was primarily defended by Casey Bendall (Richmond, VA / St. Christopher's) last time out, and Bendall was impressive. Andrews had his worst performance of the season as he only had four shots, one point on an assist, and he committed a season-high seven turnovers.