Hampden-sydney vs. Virginia Wesleyan
April 29, 2006
The Game Story:
HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA – The #16 ranked lacrosse Tigers of Hampden-Sydney College (8-4/ 4-2 ODAC) were ignited by two four goal performances thanks to junior Michael Via (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Academy) and sophomore Joe Daugherty (Charlottesville, VA/St. Anne’s-Belfield) en route to a dominating 23-6 win over visiting Virginia Wesleyan College (9-5/ 2-4 ODAC) on a day in which the Tigers paid tribute to it’s senior class.

The Marlins, seeking a share of its school record tenth win of the season, scored just six seconds into the contest when Drew Smythers picked up the ground ball of the face off and found a slashing Mike Canino, who beat surprised Tiger goal keeper Scott Russell (Darien, Ct/Darien). The Marlins would not score again until: 11 remaining in the second period. In between the Marlins dry spell, the Tigers scored 11 unanswered goals with much credit to Via, senior captain Eamon Thornton (Atlanta, GA/McCallie), Ryan Harrington (Dallas, TX/Plano) and William Shell (Alexandria, VA/St. Stephen’s) who all found the net two times a piece in the flurry of scoring.

After taking the commanding lead, the Tigers never looked back. Michael Via would finish the game with four goals and four assists for a game high eight points. Junior Ryan Harrington finished the afternoon with a hat trick giving him a total of 18 goals on the year.

Also picking up two goals a piece for the Tigers were sophomores Kelly Mattie (Charlottesville, VA/St. Anne’s Belfield) and Mark Miller (Esmont, VA/Monticello) while junior Jarrott Patteson (Sewickley, PA/Quaker Valley) did the same. As the game grew out of reach, Tigers substitutes James Gannon (Annandale, VA/Falls Church) and Teddy Schwab (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Latin) also scored to add to the Tigers highest goal output of the season. For Schwab, the goal was his first of the year as he recently was cleared to play after rehabbing an MCL tear.

The Tigers sophomore midfielder Michael Baggetta (Fairfax, VA/Oakton) was nearly perfect in winning 13 of 15 of the face-offs, while his teammate and freshman Willis Taylor (Suffolk, VA/Nansemond Suffolk) was credited with two assists, seven ground balls and displayed outstanding stick handling skills.

By games end, every non-injured Tiger saw action. Hampden-Sydney College, having earned the #3 seed in the ODAC playoffs, will travel to #2 seed Lynchburg College to play the Hornets on May 2, 2006 at 4:00pm