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Lacrosse Wins Home Opener 8-4 Over Catholic

James Hughes
James Hughes

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA – Hampden-Sydney Lacrosse Beat Catholic 8-4 in the Tigers home opener on Wednesday night.

In a game where the temperatures dipped below freezing, it was only fitting that the two teams opened up the game cold on the offensive end. A goal by Catholic's Walter Hickey at 13:22 in the first quarter would prove to be the only score of the opening frame.

Brian Keith gave the visitors a 2-0 advantage off a man up goal in the opening minute of the second quarter. Neither team could find the back of the net for the next two minutes, but the Tigers offense finally got going in the last five minutes of the half. James Hughes (Raleigh, NC / Middle Creek) found Mike Funk (Chantilly, VA / Middleburg) to end the scoreless drought at 4:33, and just over a minute later, Hughes fed Duncan Morris (Charlottesville, VA / Christchurch) to tie the game at 2-2. Hughes then put up a goal of his own, off a Funk assist, at 1:54 to give Hampden-Sydney a 3-2 lead going into intermission.

Funk posted his second goal of the contest less than three minutes into the second half, but a Tony Fisher man up goal and a William Cowan score tied the game at 4-4 with 8:39 left in the third quarter. The H-SC defense went on lock down from there, shutting out the Cardinals the rest of the way. Hughes second goal at the 5:30 mark of the third quarter would prove to be the game-winning tally and Abbot Wallenborn (Crozet, VA / Western Albemarle), Kevin Wilhelm (Burke, VA / Lake Braddock), and Thomas Armstrong (Charlotte, NC / Charlotte Latin) each scored a goal to finish off the game.

Hughes paced the offense with four points on two goals and two assists, and Funk tallied three points on two scores and one assist. Armstrong found the back of the net once and helped on another goal. Jared Arntzen (Atlanta, GA / Blue Ridge) won 8-of-12 face-offs, and David Noftsinger (Richmond, VA / Collegiate School) made nine saves.

The Tigers stout defense held Catholic to just 20 shots on the game while the Cardinals posted 23 turnovers compared to 34 shots and 15 turnovers for H-SC. Hampden-Sydney won the groundball battle 33-21, went a perfect 16-for-16 on clears, and won 10-of-15 face-offs.

Hampden-Sydney travels to Newport News, VA on Saturday for a 4 pm contest vs. the Captains of Christopher Newport University.