WASHINGTON - With 8:39 left in the third quarter and the game tied, the Hampden-Sydney men's lacrosse team scored four unanswered goals to upend the Cardinals 8-4 on Wednesday night.
Walter Hickey put Catholic (2-2) on the board first on an unassisted goal less than two minutes into the start of the game. Hickey's goal would prove to be the only score in the first quarter as neither team was able to produce much offensively. CUA held a slight 4-2 advantage in shots for the first period.
A H-SC (1-1) penalty at the end of the first quarter carried over into the second, giving CUA a man-up opportunity. The Cardinals took advantage as Brian Keith got past the Tiger's goalie to give Catholic a 2-0 lead.
With under five minutes to play until halftime, the Tigers started clicking together and rattled off three consecutive goals to take a 3-2 advantage into the lockerroom.
Another H-SC goal to start the third quarter put the Cardinals down 4-2 with 12:48 to play. Tony Fisher cut the deficit to one on a man-up goal two minutes later. William Cowan continued the Catholic comeback when he found the back of the net at 8:39 to tie things up at 4-4.
From that point, the Tigers took control and scored the next four goals to close out the game and take the 8-4 win over the Cardinals.
Harrison Holak had nine saves in goal for Catholic, while his counterpart also came up with nine stops.
For the night, the Tigers held the advantage in shots at 34-to-20, and ground balls, 33-to-21. H-SC also won 10 out of 15 faceoffs, and was successful on all 16 of its clear attempts, while Catholic was 17-of-21.
The Cardinals will stay on the road when they travel to Fredericksburg, Va. for a non-conference game against Mary Washington on Saturday, March 1 at 1:00 p.m.