WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sophomore Jake O'Brien/Scituate, Mass. scored the game-winning goal with 1:47 left in overtime to lead Hampden-Sydney College to a thrilling 9-8 men's lacrosse road win at Catholic University on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. O'Brien finished with two goals and one assist, while classmate Jared Medwar/Apex, N.C., who provided the game-winning assist, had two goals and two assists to lead the visiting Tigers (3-0) to the come-from-behind victory after trailing 6-1 at halftime. Joey Rockovich scored two goals with one assist for the host Cardinals (1-2) in the non-conference contest.
H-SC and CU each scored one goal in the opening quarter for a 1-1 deadlock through 15 minutes. Senior captain John Burke/Richmond (2g) scored unassisted at 3:20 for the Tigers.
H-SC was shutout in the second quarter while the Cardinals added five goals to lead 6-1 at the intermission.
The Tigers, however, stormed back in the third quarter with six goals and limited CU to one goal as the game was tied at 7-7 after 45 minutes. Medwar (2g, 2a) scored unassisted at 13:41, followed by freshman Sean Duffy/Ambler, Pa. (2g) at 13:07, also unassisted. O'Brien (2g, 1a) scored at 11:23 with an assist from junior Jack Hayden/Apex, N.C. (1a), before the visitors tallied three quick goals over the final 1:27 of the quarter. Burke scored at 1:27, Medwar at :44 and Duffy at :23 … the first two unassisted before Medwar assisted Duffy.
H-SC and CU each added a goal in the fourth quarter for an 8-8 tie through regulation. Junior Garrett Patnesky/Raleigh, N.C. (1g) scored at 12:44, assisted by O'Brien, who would tally the game-winner in OT, assisted by Medwar to keep the Tigers unbeaten through three contests.
Sophomore goalkeeper William Schlager/Washington, D.C. played the entire game, yielding the eight goals in 62:13 while making 18 saves.
H-SC won 9-18 face-offs, led by sophomore Jake Brummett/Glen Rock, Pa. (8-16). CU took a 48-46 edge in shots, including 26-25 in shots on-goal, with Duffy and Hayden each posting 10 shots, and Burke adding eight shots. The Tigers had a 28-27 edge in ground balls along with five caused turnovers.
H-SC will return home to welcome nationally-ranked non-conference opponent Christopher Newport University, No. 16 in this week's USILA Division III Coaches Poll, on Saturday, February 23, at 2 p.m.