2011 Season Review
The 2011 lacrosse team, with a 12-5 record, has achieved a 10-win season for the 14th time and the 11th time under the direction of Head Coach Ray Rostan. The 12 wins marks the seventh season in which the Tigers have earned 12 or more wins. The Tigers 4-3 mark in ODAC regular season play earned them the #4 seed for the ODAC Tournament and they advanced to the semi-finals.
The Tigers got off to a hot start to the season by winning their first three games, including a 7-6 win over then #6 ranked Gettysburg College. The Tigers suffered a 12-10 setback against then #20 ranked Cabrini College, but rebounded with a commending 11-1 win over Elizatbethtown. In a close fought contest in mid-March, the Tigers fell 9-8 in their opening ODAC contest against Washington & Lee. Two more wins over Catholic and Greensboro closed out the month of March.
The Tigers traveled to Lynchburg to open April for an ODAC road contest and lost 8-7 behind a controversial last second Lynchburg goal. Hampden-Sydney rebounded strongly from the tough loss, reeling off wins in-conference against arch rival Randolph-Macon (14-8), Guilford (14-8), and Virginia Wesleyan (12-9). Hampden-Sydney squared off against #8 ranked Roanoke College in Salem, VA, on April 16 and led 14-8 after three quarters, but a miraculous comeback saw Roanoke come out on top by a score of 17-15.
However, H-SC didn't let the heartbreaking defeat add up to multiple losses, securing 12-7 wins over Christopher Newport and Randolph College to close out the regular season. The Tigers carried the winning momentum into the postseason with an impressive 17-7 win over Virginia Wesleyan in the quarterfinals of the ODAC Tournament before falling by two goals to Roanoke in the semi-finals.
Micah Keller (Richmond, VA/Christchurch), Cole Hawthorne (Richmond, VA/Collegiate), and Carter Mavromatis (Virginia Beach, VA/Cape Henry) provided a potent 1-2-3 punch on offense and each earned First-Team All-ODAC honors. Keller was named to the first-team at attack while also being the top vote earner at the position. Keller finished second on the team in goals with 36 and was third in points with 49. He ranks fifth in the ODAC in goals, sixth in points, and third in man-up goals. Additionally, Keller is tied for sixth all-time in career goals at Hampden-Sydney and ninth in points.
Joining Keller on the first-team is Hawthorne and Mavromatis, giving the Tigers two of the three first-team midfielders. Hawthorne led the ODAC in goals at 41, placed fifth in assists at 23 (second on the team), and was second in points with 64 (first on H-SC), just one point shy of leading the ODAC. He added on 43 ground balls, placing him 17th in the conference and fourth on the squad. His career ranks at H-SC are 12th in goals, ninth in assists, 11th in points, fourth in midfielder points, and 14th in ground balls. His 64 points are the second-highest total by a midfielder in single season Hampden-Sydney history.
Brad Mostowy (Atlanta, GA/Trinity Pawling) was named to the Honorable Mention All-ODAC team. Mostowy was the face-off man for the Tigers as well as a valuable short stick defensive midfielder. Mostowy ranked third in the ODAC amongst full-time face-off players, winning 57.7% of his attempts. Additionally, he was second in the ODAC in ground balls with 133.
Not to be overshadowed by the offense and face-offs was the defense. The defense limited opponents to a goals against average of just 8.12, third in the ODAC, and was the second best defensive team when man down with a penalty killing percentage of .775. Nate Norbo (Waterford, VA/Loudon Valley) and Andrew Pritzlaff (Castle Rock, CO/Kent Denver) earned second-team nods. Norbo god the nod at long stick midfielder. He led the team in caused turnovers with 16 and led all defenders with 47 ground balls. Additionally, he tacked on a goal and two assists. His 47 ground balls places him 12th in the conference while his 16 caused turnovers is 11th. He had a season high seven ground balls at Cabrini.
Pritzlaff started all 17 games on the defense. He forced 15 turnovers to rank second on the team and 17th in the ODAC. He had a career-high five caused turnovers against Christopher Newport and scores his first collegiate goal against Randolph-Macon.
Leading the goaltending charge was Cody Hornung (Bala Cynwyd, PA/Lower Merion), an Honorable Mention All-ODAC performer. Hornung was fourth in the conference in goals against average at 7.89 and recorded 133 saves with a 54.7% save percentage. He recorded a career-high 15 saves in the ODAC semi-finals against Roanoke and had 14 saves against Lynchburg College.