GETTYSBURG, PA - The Hampden-Sydney lacrosse team went into Gettysburg, PA, and took down the #6 ranked Bullets of Gettysburg College 7-6 in a non-conference thriller. The win marked the highest ranked opponent the Tigers have defeated since beating #1 Washington & Lee in 2001.
Gettysburg got off to a hot start as they recorded they first three goals of the contest as Andrew Ryan, Danno Lynch, and Martin Manilla each posted unassisted goals in the first eight minutes of the contest. The Tigers fought back and changed the momentum, however. Ben Clarke (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Academy) got H-SC on the board at the 5:09 mark of the first quarter as he finished off a Carter Mavromatis (Virginia Beach, VA/Cape Henry) pass. Cole Hawthorne (Richmond, VA/Collegiate) made it a 3-2 game going into the second quarter.
A Gettysburg penalty put the Tigers man up unit on the field and they rose to the occasion as Mavromatis found Micah Keller (Richmond, VA/Christchurch) for the game tying tally at 10:01 in the second. The Tigers continued their scoring streak as Eric Gorsline (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Academy) pocketed his first career goal at 8:57, and then Keller found the back of the net for the 10thtime in just two games this season, putting the Tigers up 5-3 with 7:24 to go in the half. The defenses took over from there as neither team would score the remainder of the half.
The host Bullets regained control of the game after intermission. Lynch delivered a pass to Pat Sartory who put the ball into the net to cut the Hampden-Sydney advantage to 5-4 at 11:49. Chris Cahill posted the tying, man up goal at 8:19 off an Andrew Ryan delivery. Gettysburg would not score the remainder of the quarter, despite firing off 16 shots. They proved to be largely inaccurate shots as just four were on goal
J.C. Ward then put the Bullets back on top off a Sartory assist with 9:50 left in the game. Gettysburg would be held in check the remainder of the game. With the defense shutting down Gettysburg, the offense went to work and Hawthorne notched his second goal of the game at 7:06 to make it a 6-6 contest. Gettysburg got off three shots over the next two minutes, but one was blocked and the others were wide of the cage.
A Ward turnover gave Hampden-Sydney the ball at the 4:40 mark, and after a successful clear, the Tigers called a timeout at 4:12. H-SC continued to work the offense and drew a one-minute cross check penalty on the Bullets' Ben Engleman at 1:42. Mavromatis seized the opportunity and found the back of the net with just 1:05 remaining in the contest. Brad Mostowy (Atlanta, GA/Trinity Pawling, NY) won the faceoff and picked up the groundball but turned it over 13 seconds later. With the opportunity to score the game notching goal with under a minute left, Clarke forced Matt Canter into a turnover with 52 seconds left on the clock. In an effort to get the ball out of the Tiger sticks, John Odierna drew a penalty at the 11 second mark, and then Gettysburg called a timeout. Clarke committed a turnover with five seconds left, but Gettysburg was unable to get off a shot after securing the groundball.
Hawthorne and Keller each had two goals while Mavromatis had two goals and one assist. Gorsline and Clarke had one goal each. Mostowy went 9-16 on faceoffs with five groundballs. Cody Hornung (Bala Cynwyd, PA/Lower Merion) faced 39 shots on the day, but he allowed just six and made nine saves to earn the win.
While Gettysburg held a commanding 39-20 advantage in shots, the Tigers team defense did a tremendous job of of forcing Gettysburg into a shot quantity as opposed to a shot quality offense as only 15 of their shots were on goal. The defense was led by Nate Norbo (Waterford, VA/Loudon Valley), Tim VanBenthuysen (Castle Rock, CO/Regis Jesuit ), Andrew Pritzlaff (Castle Rock, CO/Kent Denver ), Cameron Sheppard (Denver, CO/Kent Denver ), Nick West (New Canaan, CT/The Gunnery), and defensive midfielder Jake McDonald (Richmond, VA/Collegiate ). H-SC proved to be much more accurate with their attempts, recording 13 on the net. Gettysburg also held a 25-21 edge in groundballs and was 13/14 on clears compared to 13/19 for the Tigers. H-SC tallied nine saves to six for the bullets and the Tigers also won 10 of the game's 17 faceoffs. H-SC committed five penalties while Gettysburg had six. H-SC was 2-6 on extra man opportunities while Gettysburg was 1-5.
Hampden-Sydney's next game will be the home opener on Saturday, March 5, as they host Marymount at 1 p.m.