|VIA LEADS No. 7 LAX TIGERS TO 11-4 VICTORY OVER MARY WASHINGTON|
FREDERICKSBURG, VA (February 28, 2004)—Hampden-Sydney College (1-0) freshman Michael Via (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Academy) scored four goals in his first collegiate contest to lead the seventh-ranked Tigers to an 11-4 victory over Mary Washington College (0-1) in the opening contest of the 2004 season Saturday.
Hampden-Sydney jumped out to a 3-0 lead with goals from Via, Matt Fassnacht (Fairfax, VA/Robinson), and Thomas Jennings (Murfreesboro, TN/Webb School) in the first quarter. Mary Washington’s Matt Wiles responded with an unassisted goal for the Eagles with four minutes left in the period to bring the Eagles within two, but Via knocked in a second goal just fifteen seconds later.
MWC’s Dave Justen connected on a pass from Wiles at 12:35 to kick off the second quarter scoring, but two Hampden-Sydney players, William Shell (Alexandria, VA/St. Stephen’s) and Chris Schaaf (Midlothian, VA/Collegiate), also found the back of the net. Mary Washington went scoreless in the third period, while the Tigers had a goal from Schaaf and two from Via to put them up 9-3.
Justen’s second goal came at 12:13 in the final quarter, bringing the Eagles within five, but Hampden-Sydney rallied for two more goals to close out the win. Matt Wiles and Dave Justen led the Eagles with two goals apiece in the game.
Hampden-Sydney returns to action next Saturday as the Tigers host St. Mary’s College at 1 pm at Hundley Stadium/Fulton Field.