March 16, 2013

Lacrosse Tigers Roll Past Bridgewater 13-5

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA - Hampden-Sydney Lacrosse brushed off a slow start to roll past the visiting Eagles of Bridgewater College, coached by former H-SC player and coach Mic Grant '91.

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.