Hampden-sydney vs. Randolph-macon
April 25, 2009
The Game Story:
HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA (April 25, 2009)—The Randolph-Macon defense came into the ODAC Quarterfinals with one objective: stop Micah Keller (Richmond, VA/Christchurch). The freshman standout scored five goals on the Yellow Jackets in the two teams' last meeting. This time, Keller outdid himself with a career-high six goals and one assist to lift his squad to the ODAC Semifinals where the Tigers will travel to Salem, VA to play #1 Roanoke College.

Though Randolph-Macon scored just 17 seconds into the game, Hampden-Sydney reeled off three straight goals via two from Keller and one from senior Kenny Mathison (East Northport, NY/Northport). Macon's Tyler Midwinter cut the lead to 3-2 before the Tigers hit an offensive burst scoring the final three goals of the quarter.

The Tigers continued to score in the second quarter opening up the action with Cole Hawthorne (Richmond, VA/Collegiate) and Mathison finding the net. Rich Wilkens broke up the scoring at the 12:02 mark to bring the score to 8-3. For the rest of the quarter, both teams would trade goals with the Tigers going into halftime with a 10-6 advantage.

As the second half of play started, the Tigers made sure their season would continue as they scored the first five goals of the quarter, and outscored the Yellow Jackets 8-2 in the stanza. Among the scorers were Ben Clarke (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Academy), Kyle Jett (Suffolk, VA/Nansemond-Suffolk), Doug Carpenter (Baltimore, MD/St. Paul's), and Andrew Mahoney (Littleton, CO/Littleton).

Randolph-Macon made their push for a comeback, outscoring Hampden-Sydney 3-1 in the fourth quarter, but the 18-8 deficit after 45 minutes was just too much.

All three Tiger goalies saw action with Mark Bagby (Boston, MA/Marshfield) leading the way with six saves. Mahoney and Bill Tunney (Hampstead, MD/North Carroll) led the Tigers in groundballs with six a piece.

Hampden-Sydney outshot the Jackets 41-38 and scooped up 51 groundballs to Randolph-Macon's 30. The Tigers also won 21 face-offs to RMC's 13.

With the win, the Tigers improve to 8-8 on the year and advance to the ODAC Semifinals where they will face the #1 team in the nation and #1 seeded Roanoke College Maroons in Salem, VA on Wednesday, April 28. Time is to be determined.