Shenandoah Just Misses First ODAC Win vs. Hampden-Sydney

WINCHESTER, Va. Shenandoah saw its bid for its first-ever ODAC men's lacrosse victory fall just short in an 8-7 loss to Hampden-Sydney Saturday afternoon.

Hampden-Sydney (8-2, 3-0 ODAC) led throughout the contest, but SU (5-4, 0-3) had numerous chances for the tying goal in the final stanza.

Trailing 7-4 after Thomas Armstrong scored for the Tigers at the 4:32 mark of the third, Shenandoah scored twice in the final 53 seconds of the period to cut the deficit to one at 7-6.

Colin Fowler had the first goal, off of a Dom Lombardi feed at the 53-second mark, before Fowler set up classmate Aaron Paul 10 seconds before the gun to bring the hosts to within one.

The two teams then traded goals in the initial 1:57 of the fourth to provide the final margin.

Shenandoah was able to successfully clear the ball into the H-SC zone three times in the final four minutes of the contest, but could not get the game-tying goal.

The Tigers held a 37-31 and 39-33 advantages in shots and groundballs, respectively, and won 12 of 19 draws at the faceoff 'x'.

Both teams converted two of three chances on EMO.

Freshman Sean Ohlhaver, who had the final goal of the game for SU, paced the hosts with three goals.

The Hornets take to the road on Wednesday for a 7:00 game at Roanoke.

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HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA - Hampden-Sydney took an 8-7 road victory against Shenandoah on Saturday afternoon. H-SC's fifth consecutive win improves the Tigers to 8-2 and 3-0 in the ODAC, while Shenandoah moves to 5-4 overall and 0-3 in ODAC play.

The Tigers didn't need to utilize much time to get on the scoreboard as an unassisted Jess Hawthorne (Richmond, VA/Collegiate) goal at 13:37 made it a 1-0 contest. Bobby Fulton (Atlanta, GA/Wesleyan) followed up with a score of his own at 9:33. The Tigers would go cold from there on as they were held scoreless for the next 12 minutes. In the meantime, Shenandoah's Sean Ohlhaver pocketed a goal with 2:54 to go in the first quarter to make it a 2-1 game at the end of one.

Thomas Armstrong (Charlotte, NC/Charlotte Latin) opened the second with a tally at 12:33, but Shenandoah's Aaron Paul answered with a man-up score three minutes later. Ryan Martin (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) put H-SC back ahead by two, 4-2, at 6:28 with an extra man goal, but Paul came back with his second man-up goal of the contest just one minute after Martin's goal to draw back within one. Abbot Wallenborn (Crozet, VA/Western Albemarle) closed out the half with a goal.

Ohlhaver put a shot past the goalkeeper in the first three minutes of the second half to make it a one-goal game, 5-4, yet again. Hawthorne's man-up goal provided the Tigers more breathing room at 6-4 with 8:25 to go in the third, and an Armstrong unassisted goal at 4:32 gave H-SC it's biggest lead of the contest at 7-4. Shenandoah was able to steal a load of momentum in the closing minute of the third as Colin Fowler and Aaron Paul respectively scored a goal at 53 seconds and 10 seconds to cut the deficit to just 7-6 going into the fourth.

Defense eventually proved to be the name of the game in the final frame even though it started out looking like it could be a high-octane fourth quarter. Wallenborn finished off an Armstrong pass less than a minute in to put the Tigers up 8-6, but Ohlhaver's third goal of the contest made it a single-score game with 13:03 remaining. Shenandoah was unable to get another shot off the remainder of the game as the Tigers held on for the win.

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2013-03-30



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