Last Second Goal Lifts Virginia Wesleyan Lacrosse Over Hampden-Sydney 12-11
Hampden-Sydney's six-game winning streak is snapped and the Tigers are now 9-3 overall with a 4-1 ODAC record. Virginia Wesleyan advances to 7-4 overall and 3-2 in the ODAC.
The first quarter proved to be a goalie's exhibition as David Noftsinger (Richmond, VA / Collegiate School) and Corey Bauer went toe-to-toe with six saves each. The lone goal was courtesy of James Hughes (Raleigh, NC / Middle Creek) at the 4:04 mark.
Once the second quarter started, the game became a shootout. Jess Hawthorne (Richmond, VA / Collegiate) opened the quarter with a score at 13:25, and Bobby Fulton (Atlanta, GA / Wesleyan) followed with a goal of his own at 9:34. Pappas broke the scoreless streak for the Marlins at 8:03 to make it a 3-1 Tigers lead. VWC then capitalized on Tiger penalties with a man up goal at 2:46 from Joe Papetti and another with only 32 seconds left from Mikey Connors to make it a 3-3 game at the half.
The Tigers got the third quarter off on a strong note as Hawthorne scored at 12:58 and Hughes found the back of the net over a minute later on an extra-man opportunity to put the Tigers ahead 5-3. Mike Moran answered back for Virginia Wesleyan the the 9:43 mark to cut the lead to 5-4, but Ryan Martin (Midlothian, VA / Cosby) followed with his own score 37 seconds later. Hughes posted his third goal of the day at 7:23 to give the Tigers a 7-4 advantage.
The Marlins got back into the game with two goals just 30 seconds apart to cut the deficit down to just 7-6, and a Mikey Connors goal with 2:40 left in the third tied the game at 7-7. Thomas Armstrong (Charlotte, NC / Charlotte Latin) would give Hampden-Sydney the 8-7 lead at the end of three with a goal with 1:42 left.
Virginia Wesleyan came out in the fourth hot, posting the first three goals of the quarter to take a 10-8 lead at 11:25. Hughes and Armstrong scored consecutive man-up tallies to make it a 10-10 contest with nine minutes remaining. Pappeti put the Marlins back ahead by one, 11-10, at the 7:50 mark, but an Armstrong goal at 5:18 tied the game once again. Hampden-Sydney gained possession of the ball twice in the last two minutes but turned over the ball quickly into the possession. The final turnover came with 59 seconds left, and the Marlins made them pay with the game-winning tally. The Tigers won the ensuing face-off but were unable to get off a shot.
Hughes led Hampden-Sydney with four goals along wit four ground balls while Armstrong posted a hat trick with one assist. Martin had one goal and two assists, and Hawthorne and Corey Mavromatis (Virginia Beach, VA / Cape Henry) each contributed two points. Brad Mostowy (Atlanta, GA / Alpharetta (GA) / Trinity Pawling (NY)) won 14-of-26 face-offs, and Noftsinger finished the game with 13 saves.
Connors had a game-high five points on four goals and one assist along with eight ground balls. Joe Pappeti added three goals while Tim Gunn had three assists. Mike Moran contributed two scores, and Spencer McCready had two assists. Nick Pappas posted two goals and an assist while Josh Currier had a goal and an assist. James Alvarez was 11-of-23 on face-offs, and Bauer tacked on 12 saves.
Hampden-Sydney travels to #16 Roanoke College on Saturday for a 2 pm contest.