LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Junior Jack Hayden/Apex, N.C. scored four goals, but #3 seed Hampden-Sydney College dropped a 20-11 Old Dominion Athletic Conference Men's Lacrosse Tournament Semifinal decision at #2 seed the University of Lynchburg on Saturday in Lynchburg. Senior captain John Burke/Richmond added three goals and one assist for the visiting Tigers, who finished their season with a final record of 13-6 overall. The host and nationally-ranked No. 20 Hornets improved to 13-5, and will play at #1 seed and nationally-ranked No. 17 Washington and Lee University in the ODAC Championship on Sunday.
H-SC and UL were playing for the second time in a week after the Hornets took a 20-10 win past the Tigers last Saturday (April 27) night in Lynchburg. In addition, the conference tournament semifinal had originally been scheduled for Friday (May 3) night in Lexington at top seed Washington and Lee, but severe weather conditions forced postponement of the contest, causing it to be rescheduled for today and moved to Lynchburg due to W&L hosting the ODAC Women's Lacrosse Tournament semifinals and championship, as well.
The Tigers and Hornets battled close early in the contest with the host taking a narrow 6-5 advantage after one quarter. The visitors did fall behind 3-0 before getting three consecutive goals to tie it at 3-3. Scoring were Burke (3g, 1a) at 10:02, assisted by freshman Grayson Ackaway/Virginia Beach (1a), along with back-to-back unassisted goals from Hayden (4g) and sophomore Jake O'Brien/Scituate, Mass. (1g), respectively, at 7:46 and 6:49. Following two more goals by UL, sophomore Davis Hatch/Mechanicsville (1g) closed the opening quarter scoring with another unassisted goal at 3:07.
H-SC scored the first two goals of the second quarter to take a 6-5 lead with 12:53 left until halftime, as freshman Sean Duffy/Ambler, Pa. (1g, 1a) tallied at 13:57 with an assist from sophomore Charlie Doetzer/Holly Springs, N.C. (1a), and Burke notched another unassisted goal at 12:53. Unfortunately, UL scored the next five unanswered goals to lead 10-6 at the intermission.
The Hornets outscored the Tigers 3-2 in a low-scoring third quarter to lead 13-8 going into the final quarter. H-SC received third-quarter goals from Hayden, unassisted, at 8:10, and sophomore Jared Medwar/Apex, N.C. (1g) at 4:02, assisted by Burke.
UL used a 7-3 fourth period scoring advantage to provide for the final margin. H-SC goals were scored by Burke, unassisted, at 8:22, Hayden at 7:29, assisted by Duffy, and Hayden closed it out for the Tigers with another unassisted goal at 1:45.
Junior captain and goalie Nick Arcuri/Apex, N.C. started and played the first 58:15, allowing 19 goals with 13 saves. Senior goalie Nick Steen/Purcellville played the final 1:45, yielding one goal with one save.
Senior captain John Burke completed his final collegiate season with 33 goals and 47 assists, the latter of which is a new school season record. His 80 points this season rank third-best all-time. Burke completes his career with 69 goals and 79 assists (fifth all-time) for 148 points (15th).