March 17, 2012

W&L Men's Lax Tripped up by Hampden-Sydney, 11-9

LEXINGTON, Va. – Hampden-Sydney scored three unanswered goals in the final 5:05 of the game to post an 11-9 win over Washington and Lee in ODAC men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field.

The game was tied eight times, but the Generals (4-4, 0-1) did not trail in the second half until the Tigers' (3-3, 1-0) game-ending run. 

H-SC tied the game at 8-8 on a goal by senior attackman Micah Keller (Richmond, Va./Christchurch) with 11:11 remaining, but W&L grabbed the lead back just 15 seconds later when first-year attackman Cameron Dabir (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich./Culver Academy) scored off an assist from junior midfielder Cooper Brown (Baltimore, Md./Gilman).

The Tigers began their late surge with an unassisted goal by sophomore midfielder Eric Gorsline (Virginia Beach, Va./Norfolk Academy) with 5:05 left and took the lead when first-year midfielder Corey Mavromatis (Virginia Beach, Va./Cape Henry) hooked up with senior midfielder Carter Mavromatis (Virginia Beach, Va./Cape Henry) for a goal at the 2:31 mark.  Junior midfielder Jess Hawthorne (Richmond, Va./Collegiate) capped the scoring on an empty-netter with 1:16 remaining.

Neither team led by more than one goal in the first half as the teams entered the break knotted at 4-4.  W&L opened the second half with two goals in the opening 3:03 to stretch out to a two-goal lead with 11:57 left in the third period.  Senior attackman Scott Meehan (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Manlius-Pebble Hill) found junior attackman Mac Means (Sewickley, Pa./Sewickley Academy) for both goals.  The Tigers then notched a pair of tallies of their own to tie the game at 6-6 by the 4:17 mark of the penultimate quarter.

Washington and Lee controlled play for much of the game, out-shooting the Tigers, 40-23, and holding a 33-20 advantage on ground balls.  The Generals also won 17-of-24 faceoffs behind the play of sophomore midfielder Jared Mitchell (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City), who took every draw for W&L.

Means registered three goals and two assists, while Meehan had one goal and three assists.  Dabir found the net three times as well.  Sophomore goalkeeper Patrick Jennings (Reisterstown, Md./Boys' Latin) played all 60 minutes and recorded five saves.

Keller led Hampden-Sydney with three goals, while first-year midfielder Thomas Armstrong (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Latin) notched two goals and one assist.  Hawthorne and Gorsline chipped in two goals apiece, and Carter Mavromatis had one goal and two helpers.  Junior Cody Hornung (Bala Cynwyd, Pa./Lower Merion) played the duration in goal and made 11 saves.

Washington and Lee returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Guilford for a 7:00 pm contest.

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