Hampden-sydney vs. Haverford
March 4, 2006
The Game Story:
STRONG SECOND HALF LIFTS LAX TIGERS PAST HAVERFORD, 10-6

Game Box Score

ALEXANDRIA, VA (March 4, 2006)—Hampden-Sydney’s 19th-ranked lacrosse team used a 5-2 second-half run to down Haverford College, 10-6, Saturday in a neutral site contest at St. Stephens and St. Agnes School. With the win the Tigers improve to 1-1 overall, while the Black Squirrels fall to 1-1.

Hampden-Sydney junior midfielder Thomas Jennings (Murfreesboro, TN/Webb School) scored all of his game-high three goals in the second half to lead the Tiger charge, while senior attack Eamon Thornton (Atlanta, GA/McCallie School) and junior midfielder Ryan Harrington (Dallas, TX/Plano) each netted two strikes. Haverford’s Matt Thorne-Fitzgerald added three goals of his own to keep the Squirrels in the hunt, but five second half goals by Hampden-Sydney turned a one-goal game at halftime (5-4) into a 10-6 finale.

Thornton started the scoring for the Tigers with a pair of goals in a span of 15 seconds just over one minute into the contest, but Haverford quickly knotted the score at two after Matt Thorne-Fitzgerald’s first goal and Shane Hafer’s unassisted strike. With just one second to play in the first quarter, junior midfielder Michael Via (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Academy) found the net to give the Tigers a 3-2 advantage.

Thorne-Fitzgerald again tied the game for Haverford as he scored an unassisted blow at the 12:17 mark of the second period, but Harrington nailed back-to-back goals for the Tigers midway through the period to put H-SC in control, 5-3. Thorne-Fitzgerald then scored his third and final goal of the game with just 51 seconds to play in the half, sending both teams into halftime with the Tigers leading by a goal, 5-4.

William Shell (Alexandria, VA/St. Stephen’s) and Vince Smith (Palmyra, VA/St. Anne’s-Belfield) opened the second half with goals for the Tigers, whose lead eventually swelled to 8-4 on the first of Jennings’ three second-half strikes with 1:36 to play in the third quarter. Joe Mauri stopped the bleeding for Haverford with a man-up strike at the 12:59 mark of the fourth period, but Jennings added a man-up goal of his own just over a minute later and then sealed the deal for the Tigers with an even strength goal with 4:51 to play to put H-SC ahead, 10-5. Ben Reed added the final goal of the contest for Haverford on a man-up shot with 1:23 to play, keeping the final margin at four goals for the Tigers.

On the day, Hampden-Sydney held a 31-30 advantage in shots while Tiger goalkeeper Scott Russell (Darien, CT/Darien) picked up with win between the pipes as he stopped eight shots in just over 57 minutes of action. Meanwhile, Haverford’s K.C. Johnson made seven saves on the day to keep the Black Squirrels alive.

Haverford did manage a 42-34 advantage in ground balls, but the Tigers owned the face-off advantage, 12-6, thanks to 11 wins by sophomore midfielder Michael Baggetta (Fairfax, VA/Oakton).

The Tigers look to pick up their second win of the young season Thursday, March 9, when they host NCAA Division II affiliate St. Anselm’s at 3:30 pm at Hundley Stadium and Fulton Field.