Brad Mostowy Dominates Face-Offs as the Tigers Beat Randolph-Macon 14-8
HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA - The Hampden-Sydney lacrosse game got the Greek Week athletic events off to a fine start as the Tigers took down arch rival Randolph-Macon 14-8 in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) play on Wednesday afternoon. Sophomore face-off specialist Brad Mostowy (Atlanta, GA/Trinity Pawling) won 17 of his 23 face-off attempts and collected 15 groundballs, the third highest single game total in the ODAC this season.
The game was tied at 1-1 after Micah Keller (Richmond, VA/Christchurch) and Patrick Egan traded scores, but from there on out it was all Tigers. Cole Hawthorne (Richmond, VA/Collegiate) scored an unassisted goal to give the Tigers the lead for good at 2:50 in the first, then Carter Mavromatis (Virginia Beach, VA/Cape Henry)converted on a pass from Ryan Martin (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) at the 1:36 mark to give H-SC a 3-1 lead at the end of one.
Keller opened up the second quarter with another goal to push the lead to 4-1, but a penalty enabled the Yellow Jackets' Brian Rowe to cut the lead to 4-2 at 9:55. Eric Gorsline (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Academy)deposited the next two goals to provide the Tigers a 6-2 advantage at the 5:30 mark. Martin finished off a feed from Mavromatis two minutes later to make it 7-2, but Rowe needed just 16 second to nullify the goal and make it a 7-3 contest. Ben Clarke (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Academy) finished off the half with a man-up goal with 38 ticks left on the clock to send the game into halftime with a score of 8-3.
Randolph-Macon's Justin Butler scored the fourth Yellow Jacket goal of the game at the 13:38 mark of the third quarter, but four different Tigers scored in the third to blow open the game. At the 10:33 mark, there was a rare defender to defender connection for a goal as defender Andrew Pritzlaff (Castle Rock, CO/Kent Denver) scored his first collegiate goal off an assist from defender Nate Norbo (Waterford, VA/Loudon Valley). Cole Hawthorne scored the next goal and provided the assist on Clarke's goal, the third of the quarter for H-SC, while David Beman (Alpharetta, GA/Alpharetta) finished off the quarter with the fourth score with 40 seconds to go.
Randolph-Macon capitalized in the fourth quarter off early Hampden-Sydney substitutions as the Yellow Jackets scored four of the first five goals to cut the lead to 13-8 with 8:58 left in the game. A Hampden-Sydney timeout was called to gather the team and help end the run. The timeout proved to be effective as R-MC was held without a goal the rest of the game, and Keller found the back of the net for the third time on the day at the 5:10 mark.
Mostowy accounted for 17 of the team's 18 face-off wins as he registered a career-high in groundballs with 15 and the 17 face-offs tied his career-high that he set against Mary Washington on February 19. Mavromatis and Hawthorne each contributed four points, with Mavromatis posting three assists and Hawthorne two goals. Keller tacked on a hat trick while Gorsline and Clarke each had two scores. Martin had two points off one goal and one assist while five other players contributed one point to the cause. Cody Hornung (Bala Cynwyd, PA/Lower Merion) earned the win as he made seven saves while allowing six goals and scooping four ground balls.
Hampden-Sydney dominated nearly every facet of the game. H-SC outshot R-MC 38-31 and held an enormous 41-23 advantage in groundballs due to winning 18 of the game's 26 face-offs. Randolph-Macon was successful on 16 of their 18 clear attempts while Hampden-Sydney was 13-15.
Hampden-Sydney hosts Guilford College on Saturday at 1 p.m. in an ODAC tilt.