Hampden-sydney vs. Lynchburg
April 23, 2008
The Game Story:
HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA (April 23, 2008) Hampden-Sydney crawled back from an early 4-0 hole to tie fifth-ranked Lynchburg College at seven all early in the fourth quarter, but the Hornets used a timely 3-0 scoring run in the waning moments and successfully withstood a late Tigers' flourish to claim a tough 10-9 victory over home standing Hampden-Sydney on Wednesday afternoon at Lewis C. Everett Stadium. Trailing 10-7 with under a minute to play in the contest, the Tigers' Kyle Jett (Suffolk, VA/Nanesmond Suffolk) and Joe Daugherty (Charlottesville, VA/St. Anne's-Belfield) notched goals just 19 seconds apart to bring Hampden-Sydney within one score with 33 seconds remaining, but Lynchburg won the ensuing face-off, weaving and dodging their way to the win.

With the loss, Hampden-Sydney falls to 6-7 overall and 2-3 in the ODAC while Lynchburg, ranked No. 5 in the latest USILA Division III Poll, improves to 13-2 overall, staying unblemished in conference play at 6-0.

In the early stages of the game, it appeared the Hornets would cruise to a victory, as Lynchburg scored four times in the opening 7:11 to take a 4-0 lead midway through the opening frame. After Hampden-Sydney season leading scorer Doug Carpenter (Baltimore, MD/St. Paul's) cut the Lynchburg advantage to 4-1 with a goal at the 4:20 mark, Lynchburg's Johnny Black scored his third goal of the quarter with just four seconds showing on the clock to push the Hornets' lead back to four after one period of play.

The Tigers made up ground in the second stanza, using goals from sophomore Thomas Hovis (Richmond, VA/St. Christopher's), Jett and junior Andrew Mahoney (Littleton, CO/Littleton) to pull within 7-4 at the break.

Needing a spark, the Hampden-Sydney defense rose to the occasion, owning the third period by holding the ODAC's second-leading offense scoreless in the frame. The Tigers' flexed their offensive muscle as well, notching two goals courtesy of Hovis and junior Kenny Mathison (East Northport, NY/Northport) to cut the Hornets' advantage back to one, 7-6, heading into the final period.

Hampden-Sydney opened the fourth quarter with more fireworks, as Mahoney stripped Lynchburg goalie Garrett Curran, scooped up the ground ball and outran the keeper to the empty net, firing an uncontested bullet home to even the contest at 7-7 with just over 13 minutes remaining in the game.

However, the Lynchburg offense that struggled mightily in the third period came to life, as Black and Dean Evans scored 42 seconds apart to help Lynchburg regain control at 9-7 at the 9:13 mark. The Hornets' Taylor Stehlgens produced a goal five minutes later to extend the lead back to three, 10-7.

The Tigers' launched one more offensive, with Jett and Daugherty managing two tough goals with under a minute to play, but Lynchburg choked out any hope of a Roanoke repeat, possessing the ball for the final 33 seconds to escape Hampden-Sydney with their 13th win of the season.

Several Tigers enjoyed exceptional afternoons, including senior defensemen Colin Dunn (Chevy Chase, MD/Trinity Pawling) and Alex Pritzlaff (Castle Rock, CO/Kent Denver) who picked up eight ground balls apiece on Senior Day. Phil Hage (Norfolk, VA/Norfolk Academy) played well between the pipes, registering 11 saves for the game. Senior defenseman James Provenzano (Huntington, NY/Huntington), who picked up a ground ball and won 1-of-2 face-offs, also turned in a solid effort for Hampden-Sydney.

Hovis, Mahoney and Jett led the Hampden-Sydney offensive attack with two goals each, as Hovis and Jett also recorded one assist. Senior Daugherty added to his career totals with one goal and one assist in his final home game. Black's four goals, three of which came in the first quarter, led Lynchburg.

Hampden-Sydney will travel to Ashland, VA on Saturday, April 26 to take on arch-rival Randolph-Macon in a pivotal final game of the regular season; the Tigers need a win to ensure a berth in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Tournament next week. Face-off against the Yellow Jackets is scheduled for 1 pm.