March 30, 2013

Tiger Lacrosse Wins 8-7 Over Sheandoah

WINCHESTER, VA - Hampden-Sydney Lacrosse took an 8-7 road victory against Shenandoah University on Saturday afternoon.

H-SC's fifth consecutive win improves the Tigers to 8-2 and 3-0 in the ODAC while Shenandoah moves to 5-4 overall and 0-3 in ODAC play.

The Tigers didn't need to utilize much time to get on the scoreboard as an unassisted Jess Hawthorne (Richmond, VA / Collegiate) goal at 13:37 made it a 1-0 contest. Bobby Fulton (Atlanta, GA / Wesleyan) followed up with a score of his own at 9:33. The Tigers would go cold from there on as they were held scoreless for the next 12 minutes. In the meantime, Shenandoah's Sean Ohlhaver pocketed a goal with 2:54 to go in the first quarter to make it a 2-1 game at the end of one.

Thomas Armstrong (Charlotte, NC / Charlotte Latin) opened the second with a tally at 12:33, but Shenandoah's Aaron Paul answered with a man-up score three minutes later. Ryan Martin (Midlothian, VA / Cosby) put H-SC back ahead by two, 4-2, at 6:28 with an extra man goal, but Paul came back with his second man-up goal of the contest just one minute after Martin's goal to draw back within one. Abbot Wallenborn (Crozet, VA / Western Albemarle) closed out the half with a goal.

Ohlhaver put a shot past the goalkeeper in the first three minutes of the second half to make it a one-goal game, 5-4, yet again. Hawthorne's man-up goal provided the Tigers more breathing room at 6-4 with 8:25 to go in the third, and an Armstrong unassisted goal at 4:32 gave H-SC it's biggest lead of the contest at 7-4. Shenandoah was able to steal a load of momentum in the closing minute of the third as Colin Fowler and Aaron Paul respectively scored a goal at 53 seconds and 10 seconds to cut the deficit to just 7-6 going into the fourth.

Defense eventually proved to be the name of the game in the final frame even though it started out looking like it could be a high-octane fourth quarter. Wallenborn finished off an Armstrong pass less than a minute in to put the Tigers up 8-6, but Ohlhaver's third goal of the contest made it a single-score game with 13:03 remaining. Shenandoah was unable to get another shot off the remainder of the game as the Tigers held on for the win.

Armstrong and Hawthorne each had two goals and an assist while Wallenborn had two goals, including the game-winner. Brad Mostowy (Atlanta, GA / Alpharetta (GA) / Trinity Pawling (NY)) won 9-of-14 face-offs with three caused turnovers while Austin Black (Dallas, TX / Plano) forced five turnovers. David Noftsinger (Richmond, VA / Collegiate School) made eight saves to go with five ground balls.

Paul and Ohlhaver carried the scoring load for the Hornets with each contributing a hat trick while Fowler had one score and one assist. Tyler Quinn made 10 saves in net.

H-SC held a 39-33 advantage in ground balls and was a crisp 22-23 on clears. H-SC also took 12 of the game's 19 face-offs and outshot the Hornets 37-31.

Hampden-Sydney hosts Guilford College on Wednesday at 6:30 pm.