Hampden-sydney vs. Gettysburg
February 27, 2010
The Game Story:
HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA (February 27, 2010) It was a tale of two halves today at Lewis C. Everett Stadium as the Hampden-Sydney lacrosse team fell to #3 Gettysburg College. After leading at the end of the first three quarters, the Tigers were unable to hold off the Bullets in the fourth period, eventually falling by a margin of 17-10.

Hampden-Sydney opened the game employing a deliberate game plan and worked it to perfection in the first quarter. Sophomore Micah Keller (Richmond, VA/Christchurch) opened the scoring for the home squad with his first goal of the season just two minutes into the game. Freshman Ryan Martin (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) scored a goal two minutes later on an assist from sophomore Ben Clarke (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Academy), and the fired-up home squad took advantage of their momentum. Junior Cole Hawthorne (Richmond, VA/Collegiate) scored two straight goals, followed by a tally from Clarke to close the first quarter with a 5-0 lead.

Keller opened the second quarter the same as the first, finding the back of the net just 12 seconds into the period on assist from Kyle Jett (Suffolk, VA/Nansemond Suffolk). Gettysburg first got onto the scoreboard 3 minutes later on a goal from Kyle McGrath, but Keller answered back with 5 minutes remaining in the half to put the Tigers up 7-1. Gettysburg's Chris Cahill was able to find the net twice more in the stanza to make the halftime score 7-3 in favor of Hampden-Sydney.

Hawthorne opened the second-half scoring, beating the Gettysburg goaltender two minutes into the third quarter to secure a hat trick. The rest of the quarter belonged to the Bullets, despite goals from Keller and sophomore Carter Mavromatis (Virginia Beach, VA/Cape Henry), as they outscored the Tigers 6-2, including a Kyle McGrath goal with just two seconds remaining in the period. The game headed to the fourth quarter with Hampden-Sydney clinging to a 10-9 lead.

Gettysburg struck first just one minute into the fourth quarter and seized the momentum from that point on, going on to score eight goals in the period while blanking the Tigers. Several Hampden-Sydney players put forth solid efforts against the defending national runner-up, including Keller's four goals and one assist and Hawthorne's three goals and two assists. Clarke contributed three helpers to go with his one goal. Peter Foley (McLean, VA/Langley), Andrew Pritzlaff (Castle Rock, CO/Kent Denver), and Brad Mostowy (Atlanta, GA/Trinity Pawling) each contributed four ground balls to pace the Tigers.

On the day, Gettysburg outshot Hampden-Sydney 37 to 20, and scooped up 37 ground balls to the Tigers' 33. With the loss, Hampden-Sydney falls to 1-1 on this young 2010 season. The Tigers will be back in action on Wednesday, March 3rd as they host #12 Cabrini College. Face-off for that game is set for 3:30 pm.