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Hampden-Sydney Lacrosse Falls To No. 16 Christopher Newport 12-9

Charlie Doetzer
Charlie Doetzer

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. -- Sophomore Jake O'Brien/Scituate, Mass. scored three goals, but Hampden-Sydney College dropped its first men's lacrosse game of the season, 12-9, to nationally-ranked No. 16 Christopher Newport University on Saturday at Hellmuth-Gibson Field.  Senior captain John Burke/Richmond, sophomore Jared Medwar/Apex, N.C. and classmate Charlie Doetzer/Holly Springs, N.C. each added one goal and two assists for the host Tigers (3-1), who trailed 5-2 at halftime.  Brady Altobello scored four goals with one assist for the visiting Captains (2-1) in the non-conference contest.

H-SC and CNU battled evenly and scoreless to begin the first quarter before the two teams combined to score three goals over the final 3:33 of the quarter. Unfortunately, the Captains scored two of the goals to lead 2-1 after 15 minutes.  Freshman Sean Duffy/Ambler, Pa. (2g) tallied the Tigers' goal with 47-seconds left in the quarter, assisted by Burke (1g, 2a), in a game played during heavy rain throughout and temperatures hovering around 40 degrees all afternoon.

CNU outscored H-SC 3-1 in the second quarter to lead 5-2 at the intermission. Duffy once-again scored for the Tigers, this time at 1:48 of the quarter, assisted by Doetzer (1g, 2a).

The third quarter witnessed the visitors taking a slight 4-3 advantage on the scoreboard to lead 9-5 after 45 minutes.  Burke scored at 14:00 with an assist from Medwar (1g, 2a), and Medwar scored unassisted at 5:07.  O'Brien (3g) scored at 2:22, assisted by Burke, though it was a four-goal margin with one quarter remaining.

H-SC did outscore CNU 4-3 in the fourth quarter to provide for the final three-goal margin.  The Captains led 12-6 with 7:51 remaining before the Tigers rallied late with three goals over the final two minutes.  Doetzer scored unassisted at 10:37, followed by O'Brien unassisted at 1:50, junior Garrett Patnesky/Raleigh, N.C. (1g) at 1:33 with an assist from Medwar, and O'Brien closed out the scoring at 1:08, assisted by Doetzer.

Junior captain and goalkeeper Nick Arcuri/Apex, N.C. played the entire game, yielding the 12 goals in 60:00 while making 16 saves.

H-SC won 20-24 face-offs, led by freshman Kevin Dunne/Mechanicsville (12-15) and sophomore Jake Brummett/Glen Rock, Pa. (8-9).  CNU took a 39-37 edge in shots, including 28-24 in shots on-goal, with Duffy and Medwar posting eight and six shots, respectively.  The Tigers had a 38-32 edge in ground balls, getting eight from Brummett and seven from Dunne, along with 11 caused turnovers, including four from freshman Henry Hitt/Annapolis, Md.

H-SC will remain at home to welcome non-conference opponent and nationally-ranked No. 7 Cabrini (Pa.) University on Tuesday, February 26, at 4 p.m. at Hellmuth-Gibson Field.

H-SC Athletics expresses our sincere apologies for not being able to live video stream today's contest against CNU.  The severe inclement weather conditions prevented us from accomplishing this today.  We will have everything back in operation for a successful live stream of our next game against Cabrini on Feb. 26.  Thank you for your understanding of this unfortunate situation today.