Maroons top Tigers in semis

Published 11:37 am Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Hampden-Sydney College’s (H-SC) lacrosse team had an impressive season, but it was not able to successfully defend its Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) tournament title.

The No. 2 Tigers fell 14-8 to No. 3 Roanoke College on Friday in the ODAC semifinals in Lexington.

“We were disappointed in the loss because we were most likely a win away from another NCAA Tournament appearance, and we did not play our best game from an execution standpoint,” H-SC Head Coach Jason Rostan said. “With that said, I was very proud of what our team accomplished this season, winning several big games and earning a bye in the ODAC tournament — a first for our program since the start of the six-team format in 2009. I cannot say enough about our 18 seniors and their leadership; what they were able to accomplish over four years was truly special.”

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Rostan noted at the beginning of the season that “I think it’s the biggest senior class in the history of the program, and a lot of them have been starting or playing a lot for us for three and four years …”

After Rostan helped lead the Tigers to a record-setting, championship run in 2017, his first year as head coach, they continued to break new ground this season. With their 14-13 home win over Lynchburg College to complete the 2018 regular season, the Tigers clinched a new single-season school record for ODAC wins at eight.

Lynchburg, holding the fourth seed, ended up winning the ODAC tourney, defeating Roanoke 13-8 on Saturday.

H-SC finished the 2018 season with an overall record of 13-5. It was 8-1 in the ODAC during the regular season.