LAX Tigers reach ODAC Semis

Academic All-American Cole Hawthorne ’11.
The 2011 lacrosse team, with a 12-5 record, has achieved a 10-win season for the 14th time and the 11th time under head coach Ray Rostan. This was the seventh season in which the Tigers earned 12 or more wins. The 4-3 mark in ODAC regular-season play earned them the #4 seed for the ODAC Tournament and a bid to the semi-finals.

The Tigers got off to a hot start, winning their first three games, including a 7-6 win over then #6-ranked Gettysburg. The Tigers suffered a 12-10 setback against then #20-ranked Cabrini, but rebounded with a commanding 11-1 win over Elizabethtown. In a close fought contest in mid-March, the Tigers fell 9-8 in their opening ODAC contest against Washington & Lee. Two more wins over Catholic and Greensboro closed out March.

After posting a 5-2 record in April, the Tigers carried the winning momentum into the postseason with an impressive 17-7 win over Virginia Wesleyan in the quarter­finals of the ODAC Tournament before falling by two goals to Roanoke in the semi-finals.

Micah Keller, Cole Hawthorne, and Carter Mavromatis provided a potent 1-2-3 punch on offense; each earned First-Team All-ODAC honors. Defensemen Nate Norbo and Andrew Pritzlaff each earned Second Team All-ODAC honors, while midfielder Brad Mostowy and goalie Cody Hornung got Honorable Mention.

In addition to Hawthorne’s First Team All-ODAC nod, the senior captain earned USILA All-American and Academic All-American nods (he is only the fifth Tiger lacrosse player so honored). Hawthorne led the ODAC in goals at 41, placed fifth in assists at 23 (second on the team), and was second in points with 64 (first at H-SC), just one point shy of leading the ODAC. He added 43 ground balls, placing him 17th in the conference and fourth on the squad. His career ranks at H-SC 12th in goals, ninth in assists, 11th in points, fourth in midfielder points, and 14th in ground balls. His 64 points are the second-highest total by a midfielder in a single season.