FREDERICKSBURG, VA - The Hampden-Sydney Lacrosse team opened up the 2011 season with a 13-10 win over Mary Washington in non-conference action from Fredericksburg, VA.
Sean Dacey and Mark Bowler put the Eagles up 2-0 with 9:30 left in the first quarter, but that would be all the goal scoring UMW would get in the first half. The game then turned into the Micah Keller (Richmond, VA/Christchurch) show as he scored or assisted on on six straight goals. Ryan Martin (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) posted the Tigers first goal at 4:30 off a Keller assist. Thirty seconds later, Keller found the back of the net again, courtesy of a Carter Mavromatis (Virginia Beach, VA/Cape Henry) assist. Keller wasted no time scoring again, adding another tally at 3:30, this time unassisted.
Keller and Ben Clarke (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Academy) connected for three straight scores to make it a 6-2 contest with 13:36 left in the second quarter. Clarke added a goal of his own at 4:31 and Martin found Mavromatis for a score 40 seconds later. The Keller and Clarke one-two punch equalled another point on the scoreboard with 2:44 to go in the first half. Martin then closed the half with two goals with assists being rewarded to Cole Hawthorne (Richmond, VA/Collegiate) and Mavromatis, giving the Tigers a commanding 11-2 halftime advantage.
Mary Washington ended the drought as Evan Weiss found Kohl Meyer for a goal at the 12:16 mark in the third quarter. Keller continued his scoring spree at 10:25 with a Hawthorne assist. UMW's Harry Snyder answered back with an unassisted tally, and then Keller concluded his net torching at 1:20 to put the Tigers up 13-4 heading into the final quarter.
The final quarter proved to be a different story. While the Eagles had been struggling to score with the Tigers filling up the net, the roles reversed over the final 15 minutes as UMW outscored H-SC 6-0 in the final frame.
Bowler got the scoring going just 50 seconds into the quarter as he finished on an Evan Weiss pass. Luke Dick posted UMW's sixth goal at 10:50. Harry Snyder then found the back of the net at 6:00 and 3:16, Sean Dacey added a goal at 1:45, and Meyer scored the Eagles 10th and final goal qwith five ticks left on the clock.
Keller put on a show for people in attendance, tallying nine points on eight goals and one assist. Martin contributed two goals and two assists while Clarke dished out four assists and posted a goal of his own. Mavromatis tacked on two goals, two helpers, and five groundballs and Hawthorne had two assists and four groundballs. Brad Mostowy (Atlanta, GA/Trinity Pawling, NY) had a fine performance at the faceoff X as he went 13-20 and scooped a game-high 10 groundballs. Cody Hornung (Bala Cynwyd, PA/Lower Merion) played the first-half in net to earn the win. Austin Black (Dallas, TX/Plano) played the final 30 minutes and stopped seven shots. The Tigers showed excellent team work on offense as they produced 11 assists on 13 goals. They also won the groundball battle 39-26 and outshot the Eagles 39-20.
Snyder led Mary Washington with three goals and one assist, Weiss had three helpers, and Bowler, Meyer, and Dacey each had two scores.
Hampden-Sydney travels to perennial South region power Gettysburg College on February 26 at 1 p.m.