Tigers Hold on to Beat Virginia Wesleyan 8-7

Tigers Hold on to Beat Virginia Wesleyan 8-7

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA - The Hampden-Sydney lacrosse team trailed 3-0 in the first quarter but held on late to beat Virginia Wesleyan 8-7 on Wednesday.

Nick Pappas gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead at 10:46 while an Adam Nycz tally made it 2-0 with 8:35 left in the quarter. Andrew Adamson scored a man-up goal at the 6:41 mark to make it a 3-0 Virginia Wesleyan lead. The Tigers got back in to the game when Paul Reneissen commited a one-minute, unreleasable illegal body check penalty with 6:26 to go. Ryan Martin (Midlothian, VA / Cosby) finished off a Carter Mavromatis (Virginia Beach, VA / Cape Henry) pass less than 30 seconds later and the duo posted another goal with three seconds left on the penalty. Nither team would score the remainder of the quarter to make it a 3-2 Marlins lead after 15 minutes.

Hampden-Sydney wasted no time in the second quarter as Brad Mostowy (Atlanta, GA / Alpharetta) won the opening face-off and dished off a pass to Nate Norbo (Waterford, VA / Loudon Valley) for a goal after just eight seconds. It would take 10 minutes for another team to score, but Mavromatis once again found Martin to give the Tigers their first lead of the game, 4-3, with 4:58 left in the half. Travis Puls then scored two minutes later to even the game at 4-4 heading in to intermission.

Mavromatis put the Tigers back ahead by one goal at 13:11, but Puls evened the game at 5-5 at the 8:49 mark. Micah Keller (Richmond, VA / Christchurch) and Carter Mavromatis (Virginia Beach, VA / Cape Henry) posted back-to-back goals to give H-SC its largest lead of the game, 7-5, at the 3:16 mark. Andrew Adamson would close out the quarter with a goal to make it a 7-6 contest heading into the final quarter.

Eric Gorsline (Virginia Beach, VA / Norfolk Academy) tipped in a James Hughes (Raleigh, NC / Middle Creek) pass at 9:53 to put the Tigers back up by two goals, 8-6, with 9:53 left in the contest. Defenses held stout and the Marlins regained possession with just under four minutes to play. Andrew Adamson got a one-on-one opportunity with the goalie but sent the shot off the post with 3:07 to play.

THe Tigers got the ball, but turned it over just seconds later. The Marlins turned it over while trying to clear, but then the Tigers committed an unforced turnover while trying to convert their own clear. Cody Hornung (Bala Cynwyd, PA / Lower Merion) saved a Mikey Connors shot, but  Puls got a rebound goal to cut the lead down to one with 1:43 left.

The Marlins won the ensuing face-off but promptly turned it over. THe Tigers cleared and tried to run out the clock, but a fiesty Marlin defense forced Hampden-Sydney to use both of its timeouts, with the second one coming with 45 seconds left. The Tigers turned the ball over just seconds after play resumed but VWC was unable to clear the ball, turning it over with 19 seconds left. The Tigers once again failed to convert their clear and gave the ball back to Virginia Wesleyan with 19 seconds left. VWC managed to get off just one more shot that sailed way wide of the goal.

Mavromatis had two goals and three assists while Martin had three scores. Keller, Norbo, and Gorsline each scored once while Hughes and Mostowy added one assist each. Mostowy and Norbo each had a game-high eight groundballs, and Mostowy won 10-of-19 face-off attempts. Hornung made eight saves in net. 

Travis Puls led Virginia Wesleyan with three goals and one assist, and Andrew Adamson had two scores. Corey Bauer made 13 saves while Mikey Connors went just 4-11 on face-offs. 

Hampden-Sydney held a 40-30 edge in ground balls and a 15-19 advantage in turnovers. VWC went 14-19 on clears while H-SC was 11-17. The Tigers man-down defense proved stout again, limiting the Marlins to a 1-5 outing in extra man opportunities.

Hampden-Sydney returns to the field this Saturday at 1:30 pm with a home contest against Ferrum College.