Geneseo State vs. Hampden-sydney
March 14, 2006
The Game Story:
ORLANDO, FL (March 14, 2006) – The No. 13 ranked Hampden-Sydney College lacrosse team knocked off No. 15 SUNY Geneseo by a score of 10-5 Tuesday at the Disney Sports Complex in Orlando, FL. The 3-1 Tigers defeated the 2-1 Knights following a day of intense practice in the Florida sun.

With 8:12 to go in the first quarter, Tiger senior captain Eamon Thornton (Atlanta, GA/McCallie School) drew first blood on a fast breaking clear when fellow captain and All-American defender, John Pritzlaff (Castle Rock, CO/Kent Denver) hit Thornton in stride with a chest high pass that he snapped past Knight goalkeeper Tom Garback. Pat Riehlman added a goal for the Knights at the midway point of the quarter before Thornton struck again, this time unassisted to give the Tigers a 2-1 edge. Thornton would score three total goals on the day and Hampden-Sydney would not relinquish the lead nor be tied for the remainder of the contest.

In the second quarter junior midfielder Thomas Jennings (Murfreesboro, TN/Webb School) dominated with his speed and scored a goal at the 12:07 mark and then assisted senior captain Vince Smith (Palmyra,VA/St. Anne’s-Belfield) whose goal put the score at 4-1. Owahn Bazydlo added the Blue Knights final goal of the half to send the game to the break at 4-2.

After the break, the Tigers poured it on with emphasis on taking quality shots when the opportunity presented itself. Hampden-Sydney would score on five out of eight shots in the third, essentially capturing the momentum that would carry them to victory. Leading the way was junior attack Michael Via (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Academy), who scored a man up goal at the 11:03 mark and another even strength goal at 8:02. Via would also contribute with the last two assists on the day for Tigers.

In the midfield, the Tigers were lead by junior William Shell (Alexandria,VA/St.Stephen’s) as he scored the first and last goals of the second half for the Tigers.

Mike Pizzuto added a Geneseo goal in the third quarter to keep the Knights alive, while Erich Dehm and Bazydlo each notched four quarter strikes. Meanwhile, Thornton and Shell put the game on ice with goals in the final 90 seconds of action to give the Tigers the 10-5 advantage.

The Tiger defense stymied the Knights attack, allowing only 24 shots which only five found the net. Junior net minder Scotty Russell (Darien, CT/ Darien) saved 12 shots while picking up a team high six ground balls.

Sophomore Michael Baggetta (Fairfax, VA/Oakton) overmatched a very talented Tim McDermott on the face-offs. Nearly all the face-offs were reminiscent of a stagnant rugby scrum but Baggetta would prevail, winning 10 out of 15, helping the Tiger’s attack control the tempo.

The Tigers return to their campus on Wednesday evening but will travel to Gettysburg, PA to play the No. 3 ranked team in the country on Saturday March 18, 2006 at 1:00 pm.