LYNCHBURG, VA - The Hampden-Sydney lacrosse team closed out the regular season with a 12-7 win on the road at Randolph College, which is coached by Hampden-Sydney alum Scott Ketcham.
The Tigers led 6-1 after one quarter and 8-1 with eight minutes left in the half, allowing the starters and first line midfielders to be able to rest for the majority of the rest of the game. Eric Gorsline (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Academy), Bobby Fulton (Atlanta, GA/Wesleyan), and Nate Cundy (Midlothian, VA/James River) scored the first three goals of the contest with 8:05 left in the first quarter. Nate Norbo (Waterford, VA/Loudon Valley) and Cole Hawthorne (Richmond, VA/Collegiate) added goals, followed by scores from Randolph's Cam Garrison and Carter Mavromatis (Virginia Beach, VA/Cape Henry) to provide the 6-1 first quarter margin. Cole Hawthorne found the back of the net for the first two goals of the second quarter. TJ Story added a goal and Kyle Fox (Manassas, VA/Osbourn Park) tacked on a score with nine seconds left before halftime.
Stephen Allman scored a hat trick in the third frame for the WildCats while Jess Hawthorne (Richmond, VA/Collegiate) tallied two goals and Fox added his second goal of the game. John Croney added the game's final score with 1:59 left in the contest.
Jess Hawthorne had a career-day, tallying two goals, two assists, and 10 groundballs while going4-9 on face-offs. Cole Hawthorne contributed three goals, and Cundy tacked on a goal, two assists, and four ground balls. Fox posted two goals and Micah Keller (Richmond, VA/Christchurch) two helpers and four ground balls. Brad Mostowy (Atlanta, GA/Trinity Pawling) went 7-for-8 on face-offs with six ground balls while Nate Norbo (Waterford, VA/Loudon Valley) had a goal, three ground balls, and two caused turnovers. Austin Black (Dallas, TX/Plano) earned the win in net, while Ben Hansell (Montclair, NJ/Montclair) made seven saves in the fourth quarter.
Hampden-Sydney held advantages in shots (41-26), ground balls (57-42), turnovers (27 for Randolph, 22 for H-SC), and face-offs (13-for-23). H-SC was successful on 15-of-17 clear attempts compared to 22-31 for the WildCats, and the Tigers scored on their two man-up attempts and Randolph was 0-4.
Hampden-Sydney advances to the ODAC Tournament as the #4 seed. The Tigers will host #5 seed Virginia Wesleyan College at a time to be determined. H-SC defeated VWC at home by a score of 12-9 on April 13.