Hampden-Sydney Leaves the Poets Speechless

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA (April 10, 2010)- The Hampden-Sydney lacrosse team jumped out to a 5-0 first quarter lead against Whittier College and never looked back, dropping the poets by a score of 16-8 today at a crowded Everett Stadium. The Tigers continued their solid play that has been on display lately, winning for the seventh time in nine games.

With the victory, Hampden-Sydney moves to 8-4 on the season, equaling last season's final win total. Sophomore Micah Keller (Richmond, VA/Christchurch) scored five goals for the second straight game to lead the Tigers, and senior captain Kyle Jett (Suffolk, VA/Nansemond Suffolk) added four of his own.

The Tigers showed up ready to play from the opening face-off, and the defense was able to shut out the Poets for the entire first quarter. Keller scored the Tigers' first three goals, one of which came on a setup from sophomore Ben Clarke (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Academy). Jett struck next for Hampden-Sydney, also on an assist from Clarke. Junior Cole Hawthorne (Richmond, VA/Collegiate) also added a goal with 15 seconds remaining in the quarter to give the Tigers a 5-0 lead.

Whittier opened up the second quarter scoring on a goal a minute and a half in, but Jett found the net again just two minutes later. On the ensuing faceoff, however, Whittier was able to scoop up the ground ball and race downfield for the quick goal. The Tigers again responded, this time with four straight goals to blow the game wide open. Hawthorne started the spurt with the Tigers' first man-down goal of the season to make the score 7-2.

Keller then scored his fourth goal a minute later off of a nice setup from sophomore Carter Mavromatis (Virginia Beach, VA/Cape Henry), before freshman Jess Hawthorne (Richmond, VA/Collegiate) scored his first career goal on an assist from sophomore Nate Cundy (Midlothian, VA/James River). On the ensuing faceoff, Whittier gained possession and made a pass that was intercepted by freshman Ryan Martin (Midlothian, VA/Cosby), who raced in and beat the keeper to extend the Tiger lead to 10-2. Whittier was able to score twice before halftime to make the score at the break 10-4.

Hampden-Sydney came out of the break hungry for more, and added another tally just one minute into play. On the play, Mavromatis used a pass fake that juked both of the Whittier defenders along with half of the crowd and buried a shot to push the lead to seven. Keller scored his fifth goal moments later on an assist from Jett before Whittier responded with a goal of their own.

Mavromatis struck again for the Tigers. However, this time on an assist from Martin. The Tigers scored their second man-down goal of the game on a wild sequence as time was running out. On the play, the Hampden-Sydney defense forced a Whittier turnover. Junior Nate Norbo (Waterford, VA/Loudoun Valley) picked up the ball and flung a pass the length of the field, where freshman Martin was able to get a hit on the Whittier keeper. Cole Hawthorne then raced in, scooped up the ground ball and buried it in the open net for his second tally of the day.

Whittier scored three quick goals to start the fourth quarter before Jett responded with his third and fourth goals, one of which came on a nice pass from Cole Hawthorne, to make the final score 16-8. On the day, the Tigers did an excellent job in face-offs, winning 20 out of 27. They also outshot the Poets 39-30, scooped up 48 groundballs to Whittier's 38, and held Whittier to just 16 out of 27 on clear attempts.

Freshman Brad Mostowy (Atlanta, GA/Trinity Pawling) had an outstanding day, winning 16 of 19 face-offs, and grabbing an ODAC season-high 13 ground balls. The Hampden-Sydney defense put together another stout effort, limiting the Poets' opportunities all game long. Senior captain Mark Bagby (Boston, MA/Marshfield) allowed only five goals in 45 minutes of play while making six saves in the goal, while senior captain Daniel Martin (Charlottesville, VA/Albemarle) caused two turnovers.

The Tigers will conclude their four-game home stand on Wednesday, April 14th as they host ODAC opponent Randolph College. It will be the final home game for Hampden-Sydney, and will also mark 2010 senior day. Face-off for that game is set for 4:00 pm at Everett Stadium.


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