Hampden-Sydney Drops 3-2 Decision to St. Mary’s
If you attended the game and didn't know the score the final score, you would be surprised to see that H-SC didn't win the game. H-SC had numerous possessions that saw the Tigers get the ball into or near the 18-yard box, putting H-SC in prime position for scoring, while also ending the majority of the Seahawks possessions before SMC was able to get in scoring position. The stats show it as well with the Tigers having a 21-12 advantage in shots, an 11-6 edge in shots on goal, and an 8-2 margin in corner kicks. Despite the play on the field and the statistics, St. Mary's was able to capitalize on just enough scoring opportunities to eclipse Hampden-Sydney.
Ryan Plaisance got the Seahawks on board 26:21 into the contest as he shot the ball from the top of the box and just inside the left post, narrowly missing both the goal post and the goalkeeper. SMC's Rickie Kalama put the finishing touches on a Lukas Iraola pass in the 35th minute to push out their lead to 2-0. H-SC took some momentum shortly before halftime. In the 41st minute, James Lawrence (Midlothian, VA / Midlothian) fired off a shot but Austin Brown deflected the shot. Leo Kowalski (Glen Allen, VA / Deep Run / Virginia Commonwealth) was able to corral the deflection and deposit it into the net to cut the lead to 2-1 heading into halftime.
Matthew Braun scored the eventual game-winning goal just over four minutes into the second half to make it a 3-1 game. H-SC didn't give up and fought to the final second. Bo Burns (Raleigh, NC / Leesville Road) collected a loose ball a few yards outside the top of the box and went to shoot. The shot looked to be sailing wide right, but Kowalski managed to pass it towards James Lawrence (Midlothian, VA / Midlothian) a few feet in front of the net, and Lawrence sent it in for a goal. The Tigers got several more good scoring opportunities but only managed one more shot on goal.
Kowalski came off the bench to contribute a goal and an assist while Lawrence also tallied a goal and an assist. Blake Carrey (North Chesterfield, VA / Deep Run) recorded three saves on the afternoon. Despite giving up three goals, the defense was strong for the majority of the contest, limiting St. Mary's scoring opportunities and forcing them to convert high level of difficulty shots. Plaisance led St. Mary's with a goal and an assist, and Austin Brown stopped eight shots.
Hampden-Sydney returns to the field on Saturday as the Tigers host the Kingsmen of Cal Lutheran University on Saturday at 3 pm.