Hampden-sydney vs. Virginia Wesleyan
March 31, 2004
The Game Story:

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA (March 31, 2004)—Hampden-Sydney College junior All-American goalkeeper Jeremy Bull (Raleigh, NC/Ravenscroft) recorded 17 saves to lead eighth-ranked Hampden-Sydney to a 10-4 victory over Old Dominion Athletic Conference-foe Virginia Wesleyan Wednesday at Hundley Stadium and Fulton Field. The win moves the Tigers to 6-2 overall and 2-0 in the ODAC and was the team’s 15th straight regular season victory over a conference opponent.

The Tigers jumped out to a 3-1 lead early in the second quarter as Chris Schaaf (Midlothian, VA/Collegiate), Sean McChesney (Charlottesville, VA/St. Anne’s-Belfield) and Vince Smith (Palmyra, VA/St. Anne’s-Belfield) each scored goals. Virginia Wesleyan cut the Tiger lead to one, 3-2, on Dan Hofmeister’s second goal of the first half, but H-SC answered with Smith’s second strike of the game to give the team a 4-2 halftime advantage.

The two sides traded goals to open the second half as Matt Fassnacht (Fairfax, VA/Robinson) notched his lone goal of the contest with 12:44 to play in the third, while Hofmeister answered nine seconds later for the Marlins to make the score 5-3. That would be as close as VWC would get however as Schaaf and freshman Thomas Jennings (Murfreesboro, TN/Webb School) scored back-to-back goals to send H-SC on a 5-1 run over the final 30 minutes of the game.

Ryan Naftzinger scored Virginia Wesleyan’s final goal of the game with 2:18 to play in the third before Thomas Jennings, freshman Mike Via (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Academy) and senior Jim Hovis (Richmond, VA/St. Christopher’s) all nailed the door shut with late goals to give the Tigers the 10-4 victory.

Junior All-American Ryan Fassnacht (Fairfax, VA/Robinson) once-again dominated the face offs for the Tigers as he capitalized on 11-of-15 opportunities en route to picking up a game-high ten ground balls. Meanwhile Tiger defensmen Will Albright (Alexandria, VA/St. Stephen’s), Ryan Burns (Fairfax, VA/Robinson), Courtie Peters (Charlottesville, VA/St. Annes-Belfield) and Johnny Pritzlaff (Castle Rock, CO/Kent Denver) combined to post 14 of the Tigers 40 ground balls, while limiting the Marlins to just 21 shots on goal.

Vince Smith finished with a pair of goals and an assist, while Sean McChesney and Matt Fassnacht each scored a goal to go with two assists for the Tigers. Dan Hofmeister led the Marlins with three goals, while Corey Mahoney had a team-best nine ground balls as goalkeeper Tyler Sothoton recorded ten saves.

Hampden-Sydney returns to action Saturday, April 3, as the team travels to Greensboro, NC, to take on Guilford College at 1 pm.