H-SC comes into the contest with a 1-1 overall record. The Tigers dropped their opening contest to #1 Salisbury University but rebounded to post a decisive win at Mary Washington over the weekend. Hunter Brown had led the Tiger offense thus far with eight points on four goals and four assists, earning him ODAC Player of the Week. Ian Levin follows closely behind with five goals and five assists while freshmen Jared Medwar check in with three scores and three assists. Chandler Shaheen is tied for second on the team in goals with four. Defensively, Hampden-Sydney is led by starters Kent Henry, Marshall Via, and Canevin Wallace at close defense, Tre Williams at LSM, and short stick d-middies Dylan Curry and Garrett Patnesky. Back in the net is Mitch Renfrow, who posted a career-high 18 saves against Salisbury, and Wilson Booth has taken over as the #1 option on face-offs with 23 wins, 14 ground balls, a goal, and an assist.
The game will be Greensboro's season opener. The Pride finished the 2017 season 3-13 overall with an 0-6 mark on the road. This year the Pride will be playing for an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament with the USA South officially sponsoring the sport and receiving an auto-bid. Greensboro returns three of their six leading scorers from 2017, highlighted by top scorer Davis Miller's 26 goals and 26 assists. Also returning is Victor Mehrtens (12g, 13a) and Kyle Dahlin (14g, 2a). Philip Gerber is back in the mix at faceoffs after being the Pride's top option there. He won 41.6% of his attempts at the X with 69 ground balls, four goals, and 4 assists. Two of their three starting defenseman are back in Justin Matthews (47 GB, 18 CT) and Griffin Ballard (28 GB, 13 CT). The Pride will have to rely on a fresh face in goal as all five goalkeepers have played zero minutes in net in college.