Lacrosse Tigers Roll Past Bridgewater 13-5
The Eagles possessed the ball for most of the early going, but the Tigers put the first goal on the board when James Hughes (Raleigh, NC/Middle Creek) finished off a Mike Funk (Chantilly, VA/Middleburg) pass at 6:27, but Joshua Frey tied the game just 17 seconds later to make it a 1-1 game. Thomas Armstrong (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Latin) put H-SC ahead for good at 1:41 while Jess Hawthorne (Richmond, VA/Collegiate) notched the Tiger's third goal with just 12.6 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
Bridgewater started off the second quarter with a three-minute, non-releasable illegal stick penalty and Hampden-Sydney made them pay with back-to-back goals from Armstrong at 14:35 and 13:48. Shortly after the two goals, the Tigers drew several penalties that forced them to play with only three defenseman and the Eagles capitalized with a Thomas Maher score at 11:56. Over a minute later, Rob Simmons found the back of the net to cut the deficit to 5-3, but Jake Koferl (Huntersville, NC/Lake Norman) scored what proved to be the game-winning tally at 8:54. Abbot Wallenborn (Crozet, VA/Western Albemarle) and Hughes closed out the quarter with a goal apiece to make it an 8-3 Tigers lead at halftime.
The third quarter saw just one goal - Funk from Wallenborn at 11:15. The Tigers and the Eagles traded two goals each to start off the fourth, but Hunter Guttendorf (Annandale, VA/W.T. Woodson) and Hawthorne posted the last two goals to provide the final 13-5 score.
Hawthorne, Hughes, and Armstrong each posted three goals while Hughes and Hawthorne handed out an assist. Funk and Wallenborn both contributed a goal and two assists, and Koferl added on a goal, an assist, and a 2-2 mark on face-offs. Brad Mostowy (Atlanta, GA/Alpharetta), the NCAA's career leader in ground balls and third in face-off wins for active players, continued to pile up the ground balls and face-off wins, scooping 11 GBs while taking 12-of-18 face-offs. Grant Swaney (Potomac Falls, VA/St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) and Ned Bowden (Crozier, VA/Collegiate) collected six ground balls each while Austin Black (Dallas, TX/Plano) contributed three ground balls and three caused turnovers.
Five players scored a goal for Bridgewater while Frey had a goal and an assist. Andrew Buss played all sixty minutes in net en route to make 14 saves.
The Tigers held a significant advantage in nearly every statistical category. H-SC led in shots 42-12, ground balls 54-26, won 15-of-21 face-offs, and won the turnover margin 18-27. The man-down defense was dominant yet again, holding Bridgewater to just a 1-8 output on extra man opportunities.
The Tigers host Randolph-Macon College on Friday at 7 pm in the first-ever home night game on Hellmuth Pritzlaff Turf Field.