H-SC Controls Pace in 17-8 Victory over Marlins

Madigan Horne had two caused turnovers and two ground balls Wednesday night
Madigan Horne had two caused turnovers and two ground balls Wednesday night

H-SC Controls Pace in 17-8 Victory over Marlins

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Hampden-Sydney College controlled Wednesday's ODAC men's lacrosse match in several key areas to down Virginia Wesleyan by a score of 17-8 in the home finale for the Marlins.

Hampden-Sydney won an impressive 19-of-28 face-offs, ensuring possession for the Tigers immediately after a goal. H-SC also held a large 56-26 advantage in ground balls and forced the Marlins into eight failed clear attempts.

The first quarter was low scoring as both defenses limited shot opportunities. Hampden-Sydney broke through first when Hunter Brown found Ian Levin for a man-up score at 7:34.

The Marlins answered a minute later when Joe Couture fed Austin Sax to even the score at one.

It looked like the quarter would end in a tie, but Hampden-Sydney pulled out the same play from earlier, having Levin find Brown this time for the score.

Hampden-Sydney outscored the Marlins 6-2 in the second quarter, scoring late again to carry momentum over to the next period. Similar to a recent contest, the road team scored as the buzzer sounded as Brown found the back of the cage to make it 8-3.

Matt Baldwin and Justin Metzger provided the Marlin scores in the period.

The Tigers defense held the Marlins down in the third quarter as Hampden-Sydney brought in regular goalie, Mitch Renfrow. He made three saves in the period, while holding the Marlins without a goal.

Hampden-Sydney led 12-3 at the end of the third, looking to close out the game. The Marlins scored four of the next five goals to cut the deficit to 14-7 with 8:38 to play, but the damage was done.

Brown led Hampden-Sydney (12-5/6-3) with three goals and three assists as Levin tallied three goals and two assists. Jared Arntzen won 16-of-18 face-offs.

Austin Sax and Baldwin had two goals each to go with a goal and three assists from Joe Couture.

Virginia Wesleyan (2-13/0-8) travels to No. 17 Lynchburg College (10-5/7-1) Saturday for a 7 p.m. start. It will be the regular season finale for both squads.