Hampden-sydney vs. Union
March 26, 2007
The Game Story:
HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA (March 26, 2007)—Hampden-Sydney’s lacrosse team jumped out to an early 6-1 first quarter lead and never looked back en route to a 20-7 victory over Union College on Monday at Hellmuth-Pritzlaff Field. Sophomore Kenny Mathison (East Northport, NY/ Northport) and junior Kelly Mattie (Charlottesville, VA/St. Anne's-Belfield) lead the Tigers with four goals each, while senior Thomas Jennings (Murfreesboro, TN/Webb School) added three goals and two assists. With the win, the Tigers improve to 6-1 overall, while the Dutchmen fall to 1-3 on the season.

Hampden-Sydney jumped out to an early 6-1 first quarter lead over the Dutchmen as Jennings, Mattie, and Ryan Harrington (Dallas, TX/Plano) scored pairs of goals respectively. In the second quarter, Hampden-Sydney continued to produce on offense as the Tigers scored seven goals, while the Dutchmen were unable to find the back of the net. Heading into halftime, the Tigers held a commanding 13-1 lead.

In the third quarter, Mathison scored all three of the Tiger goals, while Jon Miller scored the lone goal for the Dutchmen. The Dutchmen would outscore the Tigers, 5-4, in the final frame; however, it was not enough as Hampden-Sydney would go on for the 20-7 victory.

Michael Via (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Academy) and Will Shell (Alexandria, VA/St. Stephen's) scored two goals, while Thomas Hovis (Richmond, VA/St. Christopher's), Robbie Thomas (Latham, NY/Trinity Pawling), and Colin Dunn (Chevy Chase, MD/Trinity Pawling) scored one goal apiece.

While the Tiger offense was impressive, the Hampden-Sydney defense set the tone. Leading the Tiger defense were juniors Ian York (Charlottesville, VA/St. Anne's-Belfield, Alex Pritzlaff (Castle Rock, CO/ Kent Denver), and sophomore Rick Crain (Dallas, TX/Jesuit). Crain grabbed four ground balls. Senior Scott Russell (Darien, CT/Darien) recorded the victory for the Tigers in goal as he made five saves and allowed only one goal.

Hampden-Sydney will return to action on Wednesday, March 28, as the Tigers will host Christopher Newport University at the Hellmuth-Pritzlaff Turf Field. The game is scheduled to start at 3:30 pm.