Hampden-sydney vs. Catholic
February 21, 2012
The Game Story:
HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA - Micah Keller (Richmond, VA/Christchurch) and Ryan Martin (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) combined to score 12 goals as the Hampden-Sydney Lacrosse team defeated visiting Catholic University 15-12 on Tuesday afternoon. The game was moved to the Hellmuth-Pritzlaff Turf Field due to snow on Fulton Field.

Catholic's Sean Cummins put the visitors on top 1-0 55 seconds in to the game. Neither team would score again until just south of six minutes left in the first quarter as Thomas Armstrong (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Latin) converted on a pass from Carter Mavromatis (Virginia Beach, VA/Cape Henry) to score a man up goal at the 5:40 mark. With Catholic serving a one-minute unreleasable penalty and an additional 30-second penalty, the Tigers took advantage as Keller scored his first of seven goals at 5:09. Just 33 seconds later, he tacked on another unassisted tally to give the Tigers a 3-1 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

The Tigers continued to control the game as the second quarter got under way. Martin finished off a Corey Mavromatis (Virginia Beach, VA/Cape Henry) pass at 9:18 while Keller scored his third goal with 5:41 left in the half to make it a 5-1 Tiger lead. Catholic ended the bleeding as they scored three goals in two minutes, with scores coming from Marc saxton, Cummins, and Brian Keith. Martin ended the Cardinals run and gave the Tigers momentum heading into halftime with his second goal of the day to make it a 6-4 Tigers lead.

The Tigers wasted no time putting a goal on the scoreboard in the third quarter as Nate Norbo (Waterford, VA/Loudon Valley) fed Martin for a score just 10 seconds in as the Tigers went up three, 7-4. CUA's Chris Fucillo scored two minutes later. Keller answered after three minutes with an assisted score from Corey Mavromatis. Brandon Englert and Saxton scored a minute apart to make it an 8-7 game with 4;16 left in the quarter. None other than Keller and Martin responded with two goals of their own at 2:56 and 2:08, but Englert scored again to cut the Tiger advantage to 10-8 at the end of three quarters.

The Tigers and Cardinals traded goals to start the final frame. Keller scored his fifth goal at 11:47, but Keith answered just shy of two minutes later. Brad Mostowy (Atlanta, GA/Alpharetta) easily won the ensuing face-off to create a transition goal for Keller just five seconds later. Catholic's Fuccillo answered back a minute later to keep it a tw-goal game, 12-10, with 9:18 remaining in the contest. Nate Cundy (Midlothian, VA/James River) and Martin scored two goals just 12 seconds apart and a Ben Clarke (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Academy) goal at 4:54 put the Tigers up 15-10. Cummins scored with 2:14 left and Englert finished on a man up opportunity with 1:21 remaining to provide the final 15-12 margin.

Keller's seven goals came courtesy of 14 shots with 11 on goal, and Martin needed just six shots for his five scores. Clarke, Armstrong, and Cundy each posted one goal. Corey Mavromatis dished out four assists while older brother Carter has two helpers. Norbo handed out two assists while Mostowy also had one assist. Cody Hornung (Bala Cynwyd, PA/Lower Merion) made 10 saves in net along with a game-high seven ground balls. Norbo tacked on four groundballs while Mostowy had six along with going 14-27 on faceoffs.

Englert and Cummins each had three goals while Fuccillo, Keith, and Saxton each posted two scores. Patrick Pfaff made 13 saves with five ground balls. Tom Scotto was 14-27 on faceoffs and had a team0high six groundballs.

H-SC won the battle of the groundballs, 39-31, and Catholic had 15 turnovers compared to just 12 for the Tigers. Hampden-Sydney converted on 12 of their 16 clear attempts whiel Catholic was 8-14. Each team won 15 faceoffs. Catholic was 3-7 on man up opportunities while H-SC was 2-5.

The Tigers travel to Maryland on Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest against Stevenson University.