Hampden-sydney vs. Lynchburg
April 3, 2010
The Game Story:
HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA (April 3, 2010)— The Hampden-Sydney lacrosse team fell behind early to the number 14 ranked Lynchburg Hornets and were never able to get going the rest of the game, ultimately falling 19-10. Lynchburg used their 7-2 first quarter momentum to hold off any Tiger challenges down the stretch. Sophomore Micah Keller (Richmond, VA/Christchurch) led the way for the Tigers, tallying a hat trick on the day.

Lynchburg got on the scoreboard first two minutes into the action, but senior midfielder Thomas Hovis (Richmond, VA/St. Christopher’s) answered right back for the Tigers 30 seconds later to knot the score at one. The Hornets, however, responded with four straight goals before Keller scored his first of the day on an assist from sophomore Carter Mavromatis (Virginia Beach, VA/Cape Henry) to bring the Tigers within three. Lynchburg was able to strike twice more in the quarter to make the score 7-2.

The second quarter was much more evenly matched with each team tallying four scores. The Tigers found the net first when Mavromatis again found Keller for a goal three minutes into the quarter. Lynchburg responded with a goal of their own just seconds later, but senior captain Kyle Jett (Suffolk, VA/Nansemond Suffolk) took a pass from Keller and buried it to bring the Tigers back within four. The back and forth action continued when Lynchburg found the net 40 seconds later, but Hampden-Sydney again responded 45 seconds later when sophomore Ben Clarke (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Academy) scored on an assist from junior Cole Hawthorne (Richmond, VA/Collegiate). The Hornets then scored two goals before the Mavromatis-Keller combination struck for the third time to make the halftime score 11-6.

Lynchburg was able to control much of the third quarter action, scoring three goals. Senior Kevin Coats (Charlottesville, VA/Albemarle) scored a goal on an assist from Jett, but the Tigers faced a 14-7 deficit heading into the final period.

The Tigers continued to fight in the fourth quarter with Hawthorne scoring two goals and Jett chipping in another but it was not enough to overtake Lynchburg , resulting in a final score of 19-10.

With the loss Hampden-Sydney falls to 6-4 overall and 1-2 in the ODAC. All four of the Tigers losses, however, have come against teams ranked in the top 15 nationally. In addition to Keller’s solid day, Jett and Hawthorne both chipped in with two goals and an assist apiece and Mavromatis tallied three assists. Senior captain Daniel Martin (Charlottesville, VA/Albemarle) led the Tigers on defense, scooping up five ground balls and causing several turnovers. Hampden-Sydney’s next game will be on Wednesday, April 7th, as they host ODAC foe Virginia Wesleyan. Face-off for the game is set for 4:00 pm.