Hampden-Sydney Downs Christopher Newport

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA - Hampden-Sydney closed out the regular season home schedule by giving its seven seniors a 12-7 win over Christopher Newport on Wednesday afternoon.

Prior to the game, Peter Foley (McLean, VA/Langley), Ryan Grodzki (Barrington, IL/Barrington), Tim VanBenthuysen (Castle Rock, CO/Regis Jesuit), Ben Hansell (Montclair, NJ/Montclair), Cole Hawthorne (Richmond, VA/Collegiate), Jake McDonald (Richmond, VA/Collegiate), and Nick West (New Canaan, CT/The Gunnery) were honored for their contributions to the lacrosse program during their four-year career.

Hawthorne used the opportunity to display his goal-scoring prowess as he notched five goals on the afternoon. With 77 career goals, he now ranks 16th all-time at Hampden-Sydney, one goal behind Matt Fassnacht '04. He also ranks 10th in career assists, 13th in career points, and 5th in career midfielder points.

Hawthorne provided the first goal of the contest at 8:49, and Jackson Kibler tied the game at the 5:02 mark. Carter Mavromatis (Virginia Beach, VA/Cape Henry) closed out the first quarter with a score at 2:50 to give the Tigers a 2-1 advantage at the end of one.

Hawthorne once again opened up the second period with a score at 14:06. A rather quiet second quarter, neither team scored again until Hawthorne tacked on his third goal of the contest at 6:42 to provide H-SC a 4-1 lead. Jake Myers responded with a Captains goal at the 3:58 mark, and John Glazer found the back of the net with only three seconds left in the half as Hampden-Sydney went into intermission winning 4-3.

The third quarter was much more offensive oriented as nearly half of the game's goals were scored in the period. The quarter looked to be all Hampden-Sydney for the majority of the time as Bobby Fulton (Atlanta, GA/Wesleyan) scored at 13:32 followed by back-to-back goals from Micah Keller (Richmond, VA/Christchurch) put the Tigers up 7-3 at the 9:53 mark. Just over three minutes later, Hawthorne torched the net again on the man advantage off a Mavromatis assist, providing H-SC with an 8-3 lead after four unanswered goals.

However, the momentum changed quickly. Christopher Newport won the ensuing face-off and needed just five seconds for Ari Elgort to score. That goal proved to be the beginning of a 3-0 run over the next three minutes that cut the Hampden-Sydney lead down to just two at 8-6. Hawthorne ended the run with his fifth goal of the contest at 1:14.

CNU's Chase Walton cut it back to a two-goal Tiger advantage with 9:06 left in the game, but Christopher Newport failed to score for the remainder of the contest and three Hampden-Sydney goals in the final four minutes kept the Captains at bay.

Keller had two goals and Mavromatis two goals and one assist. Hawthorne added four ground balls and two caused turnovers in addition to his goal output while Ryan Martin (Midlothian, VA/Cosby), Fulton, Nate Cundy (Midlothian, VA/James River), and Eric Gorsline (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Academy) each contributed one point.

Andrew Pritzlaff (Castle Rock, CO/Kent Denver) had a game-high five caused turnovers and Cameron Sheppard (Denver, CO/Kent Denver) added three. Cody Hornung (Bala Cynwyd, PA/Lower Merion) recorded 12 saves along with seven groundballs, and Brad Mostowy (Atlanta, GA/Trinity Pawling) scooped six ground balls.

Seven different players found the back of the net for Christopher Newport. Elgort won 11 of 20 face-off attempts along with six ground balls, and George Ruddy collected six ground balls. Scott Holmes forced three turnovers while Jake Myers and Andrew Mullinax each had two caused turnovers.

H-SC held edges in shots (33-27), ground balls (43-36), saves (13-6), and turnovers (27 for CNU, 18 for H-SC). Hampden-Sydney also forced 16 of CNU's 27 turnovers. Each team won 11 face-offs on the day, CNU went 16-21 on clears, and H-SC was 17-20.

The Tigers travel to Lynchburg, VA, on Saturday for a 1:30 p.m. game against against ODAC foe Randolph College.

2011-04-20



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