|HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA (March 13, 2010)— The Hampden-Sydney lacrosse team put together a complete team effort today at Hellmuth-Pritzlaff Field, beating Elizabethtown College convincingly by a score of 13-7. The Tigers were led by sophomore Micah Keller (Richmond, VA/Christchurch), who scored four goals and added an assist. The Hampden-Sydney defense was rock solid all day long, consistently shutting down the Blue Jay attack.|
Freshman Brad Mostowy (Atlanta, GA/Trinity Pawling) set the tone for the Tigers right out of the gate, winning the opening faceoff, scooping up the ground ball and streaking through the defense before unleashing a shot that beat the Elizabethtown goalie. The Tigers would never look back, adding a Kyle Jett (Suffolk, VA/Nansemond Suffolk) goal five minutes later, a Cole Hawthorne (Richmond, VA/Collegiate) goal with one minute left in the period, and a Keller buzzer beater with one second left to give the home squad a 4-1 first quarter lead.
Senior Kevin Coats (Charlottesville, VA/Albemarle) opened up the second quarter scoring with a strike just a minute in on an assist from Keller. Keller then scored two more goals sandwiched around an Elizabethtown goal to give Hampden-Sydney a 7-2 halftime lead. The defensive effort in the first half by the Tigers was the most impressive performance so far this season, allowing the Blue Jays only three total shots, while scooping up 16 ground balls to the Blue Jays' 8.
Hampden-Sydney came out of the halftime break with the same intensity that it had in the first stanza, scoring three straight goals to blow the game wide open. Sophomore Ben Clarke (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Academy) got things started with an unassisted strike just one minute into the half. Senior Whit Kelley (Raleigh, NC/Ravenscroft) followed that with a goal on an assist from senior Andrew O'Shea (Richmond, VA/Collegiate), before sophomore Nate Cundy (Midlothian, VA/James River) finished the spurt with a tally on one of sophomore Carter Mavromatis' (Virginia Beach, VA/Cape Henry) three assists in the game. The two sides traded two goals apiece for the last four minutes of the quarter, with the score heading into the final period 12-4 in favor of Hampden-Sydney.
The fourth quarter saw valuable playing time for many of the Hampden-Sydney underclassmen, as nearly every player on the roster got some game action. Clarke scored the Tigers' final goal of the game with six minutes remaining, and the home squad finished the day with a convincing 13-6 win. Many players turned in outstanding efforts in the all-around team win. The defense, led by senior Daniel Martin (Charlottesville, VA/Albemarle) was near impenetrable, allowing just six shots through the first three quarters of action. Martin caused two turnovers, as did sophomore David Beman (Alpharetta, GA/Alpharetta). Senior goalie Mark Bagby (Boston, MA/Marshfield) was again impressive between the pipes, allowing just two goals in 40 minutes of action.