Tigers roll past Hornets

Published 12:49 pm Thursday, April 11, 2019

Hampden-Sydney College’s lacrosse team held an 11-3 lead at halftime Wednesday against visiting Shenandoah University en route to a strong 15-8 victory.

“I told the guys at halftime I thought it might have been the best first half of lacrosse that we’ve played all year, honestly,” Tigers Head Coach Jason Rostan said. “I thought offensively we moved the ball, as a team, as good as we have all year in that first half. And then defensively, I just felt like we got a lot of pressure on the ball. That’s something we’ve been talking about for a couple weeks, but the guys I thought really made a concerted effort to really get after people on the perimeter and put some pressure on the ball.

“And then obviously our faceoff game has been tremendous the last couple games, so that was a huge help in just kind of playing make-it-take-it after we’d score a goal,” Rostan continued. “Jake Brummett has really been unbelievable for us in the last couple games, really all year, honestly.”

Brummett, a sophomore midfielder, went 20-of-22 in faceoffs and collected 15 ground balls.

Leading the Tigers in goals scored were sophomore attackman Jake O’Brien and sophomore midfielder Charlie Doetzer, with four apiece. Senior attackman John Burke recorded six assists and one goal. Sophomore attackman Jared Medwar had a goal and three assists, and junior attackman Jack Hayden registered two goals and two assists.

In goal, junior Nick Arcuri generated 11 saves, improving to 9-3 as a keeper this season.

Hampden-Sydney (10-3, 5-1 ODAC) travels to Roanoke College on Saturday for a 2:30 p.m. showdown with the Maroons.