Hampden-sydney vs. Cabrini
March 3, 2010
The Game Story:
HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA (March 3, 2010) The Hampden-Sydney lacrosse team's fourth quarter rally was not quite enough to push them over the hump as the Tigers fell to #13 nationally ranked Cabrini College. On a cold and rainy day at Hellmuth-Pritzlaff turf field, Hampden-Sydney was unable to get anything going early on and the early deficit proved too much for the home squad, as Cabrini prevailed 11-6.

Cabrini opened the scoring two minutes into the game on goal by James Barraclough, but from there the Tiger defense really stepped up their intensity and focus, shutting out the Cavaliers for the remainder of the quarter. Despite outshooting Cabrini 8-4, scooping 12 ground balls to Cabrini's 7, and winning both face-offs, Hampden-Sydney was unable to find the back of the net in the quarter.

Cabrini was again able to strike first in the second quarter, this time scoring three straight goals in the first two minutes of the period. The Tigers finally made it onto the scoreboard at the 8:46 mark when senior Whit Kelley (Raleigh, NC/Ravenscroft) made an inspired effort to beat a defender and the goalie. Just one minute later, sophomores Ben Clarke (Virginia Beach, VA) and Carter Mavromatis (Virginia Beach, VA/Cape Henry) were able to team up to score, when Clarke found Mavromatis, who buried a shot to bring the score to 4-2. Cabrini, however, was able to respond with two more goals before halftime to make the score 6-2 at the break.

After a third quarter during which Cabrini scored three goals, the Tigers came flying back to make things interesting. The run started two minutes into the final quarter when senior Kyle Jett (Suffolk, VA/Nansemond Suffolk) found sophomore Micah Keller (Richmond, VA/Christchurch) for a goal. Two minutes later, the pair connected again to bring the score to 9-4. After a Cabrini goal from Paul Skulski, Jett picked up his third assist of the game on freshman Brad Mostowy's (Atlanta, GA/Trinity Pawling) first career goal. Two minutes later, Mavromatis scored his second goal of the game off of a nice pass from junior Cole Hawthorne (Richmond, VA/Collegiate) to bring the score to 10-6. Despite the late run, the Tigers did not have enough time to make up the rest of the deficit, falling by a final margin of 11-6.

Despite the loss, several Hampden-Sydney players turned in impressive efforts. Mostowy, in addition to grabbing a team-high 6 ground balls, won 10 out of 15 faceoffs. Senior defenseman Daniel Martin (Charlottesville, VA/Albemarle) smothered preseason National Player of the Year candidate Casey Grugan, harassing him all game long. Senior goalie Mark Bagby (Boston, MA/Marshfield) made some impressive one-on-one saves as well.

On the day, Cabrini outshot Hampden-Sydney 39 to 31, and scooped up 42 ground balls to the Tigers' 41. The Tigers took 11 of 20 faceoffs. With the loss, Hampden-Sydney falls to 1-2 on the season. The Tigers will be back in action on Saturday, March 6th as they travel to Marymount University in Arlington, VA. Face-off for that game is set for 8:00 pm at Wakefield High School.