Hampden-sydney vs. Washington College
May 10, 2003
The Game Story:
HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA --- The fourth-ranked Washington College men's lacrosse team fell to seventh-ranked host Hampden-Sydney, 10-8, this afternoon in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Shoremen finish the season with a 12-4 record, while the Tigers moved on to the quarterfinals with a 12-2 mark.

The Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Matt Fassnacht scored off a feed from Jason Rostan to get things started just 58 seconds into the game. Matt Fassnacht scored again with 11:56 to play, this time off a feed from Sean McChesney. Phil Dick made it 3-0 off a Rostan feed with 6:35 left in the quarter.

The Shoremen then went on a 5-0 run straddling the first and second quarters. Freshman attackman Mike Christie (Darien, CT/Darien) got WC on the board with 5:49 left in the first, junior midfielder Steve Berger (Jessup, MD/Mount St. Joseph) scored off an assist from sophomore midfielder Topher Brewer (Wilton, CT/Vermont Academy, VT) with 3:27 left, and senior midfielder Craig Earley (Ridgewood, NJ/Ridgewood) scored with 1:26 to go in the quarter to even the score at 3-3 at the end of the first. Washington then scored the first two goals of the second quarter as Earley netted a goal with 11:48 to play and Berger scored with 6:50 left. The Tigers scored twice in the final five minutes of the half, however, to pull even by the break. Dick fired in an unassisted goal with 5:00 on the clock and McChesney scored off an assist from Chris Lucas with 1:22 to play.

Earley gave the Shoremen a 6-5 lead with 9:49 left in the third with his third goal of the game. Christie scored his second goal of the contest off a feed from sophomore attackman Jon Spivey (Timonium, MD/Dulaney) with 1:33 left in the period to push the advantage to 7-5. Matt Fassnacht scored 20 seconds later for the Tigers, however to make it 7-6 with 1:13 left. Dick followed with a goal with 38 seconds to play in the period to knot the game at 7-7.

Rostan opened the fourth quarter with a goal off an assist from Chris Schaaf with 13:20 to play to give Hampden-Sydney an 8-7 lead. Lucas then scored off an assist from Dick with 10:07 left to make it four unanswered goals for the Tigers and increase the lead to 9-7. Christie, who had two goals all season entering the game, broke the run with his third goal of the afternoon with 7:47 left to make it 9-8. The Tigers answered with 6:42 left as Ryan Fassnacht fed Rostan for a goal to push the lead back to two at 10-8. The Tigers maintained that lead for the rest of the game and held on for the win.

Christie and Earley each scored three goals to lead Washington. Dick scored three goals and assisted on another for the Tigers, while Matt Fassnacht scored three goals, and Rostan had two goals and two assists. Jeremy Bull made 14 saves for Hampden-Sydney, which won despite being outshot, 50-31.