Hampden-sydney vs. Messiah
March 29, 2008
The Game Story:
HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA (March 29, 2008)�Hampden-Sydney senior goalie Phil Hage (Norfolk, VA/Norfolk Academy) made a clutch save with under 20 seconds to play, his 13th stop of the contest, to help the Tigers' to a heart-stopping 7-6 victory over visiting Messiah College. Hampden-Sydney's Kyle Jett (Suffolk, VA/Nanesmond Suffolk) broke a 6-6 deadlock with a goal at the 0:41 mark of the fourth period as the Tigers survived the Falcons' last second gasp and successfully ended a three-game losing skid. With the win, Hampden-Sydney improves to 3-4 overall while Messiah drops to 3-4.

The game was a back-and-forth battle from the opening face-off, with Messiah striking first on attackman J.J. Miller's first of three goals on the afternoon at the 12:06 point of the first period. Hampden-Sydney answered with two consecutive goals of its own, the first by Jett and the second by freshman Cole Hawthorne (Richmond, VA/Collegiate) with just under two minutes to play in the opening quarter.

Messiah wasted little time in scoring the equalizer, evening the score at 2-2 after the first 15 minutes of play on another Miller strike with seven seconds remaining.

Defense dominated the second stanza until Tigers' sophomore midfielder Thomas Hovis (Richmond, VA/St. Christopher's) found the net with 58 seconds to play in the half. However, the Falcons answered quickly, once again with under ten seconds to play in the frame on yet another Miller goal to pull back even at three at the break.

The seesaw battle raged on in the second half, this time with Tigers' junior midfielder Doug Carpenter (Baltimore, MD/St. Paul's) spearheading the Hampden-Sydney offensive charge. Carpenter, coming off of a four goal performance against Haverford, tallied three consecutive goals in the second half, the last coming with 12:32 remaining in the fourth period giving Hampden-Sydney a 6-5 lead.

The Tigers were unable to add to their margin despite several promising possessions, and eventually were tied again, this time with 1:42 left in regulation on a strike by the Falcons' Tim Sandusky.

However, Jett came through with under a minute to play, receiving a pass on the left side of the goal, avoiding contact, and ripping a shot past Messiah goalie Ted Oberg's shoulder for the eventual game-winner. A key defensive stop and save by Hage as time expired secured the Tiger victory 41 seconds later.

Carpenter's three goals led the Hampden-Sydney attack while Hage was magnificent in goal with his 13 saves and seven ground balls. Senior defensemen Colin Dunn (Chevy Chase, MD/Trinity Pawling), Alex Pritzlaff (Castle Rock, CO/Kent Denver) and Ian York (Charlottesville, VA/St. Anne's-Belfield) turned in exceptional efforts in the back line. Dunn scooped five ground balls while Pritzlaff and York made several key defensive plays, forcing multiple turnovers and obstructing Messiah's offensive charges.

Messiah, who held a 27-12 advantage in shots in the first half, finished the game holding a 41-31 advantage in that area. Messiah also won the ground ball battle (46-36) and face-off tally, claiming 9-of-16 opportunities.

The Tigers return to action on Wednesday, April 2 when they travel to Greensboro, NC to take on Greensboro College. Game time is set for 3:30 pm.