No. 10 Lynchburg Tops Hampden-Sydney in ODAC Semis

LYNCHBURG, VA The 10th-ranked Lynchburg College men's lacrosse team opened a late six-goal lead and hung on for a 10-7 victory over Hampden-Sydney College in the semifinals of the Old Dominion Athletic conference (ODAC) Tournament. The Hornets advance to face top-seed Roanoke College in Salem, VA next weekend in the title game, as the Maroons defeated Washington & Lee University 15-7 in the day's other semifinal game.

The Hornets, the second-seed in the six team tourney, opened a 3-1 lead with 4:21 remaining in the second period, but the Tigers found the back of the net twice to even the score at three all. LC netted a tally right before intermission and added five consecutive scores to extend the advantage to 9-3 early in the fourth quarter. The teams exchanged goals and the Tigers threatened late with three-straight goals, but could get no closer.

Austin Jeter (Chester Springs, PA/Downington East) and Ben Sauer (Richmond, VA/Collegiate) each scored three times for the Hornets. Eddie Bilinkas (Randolph, NJ/Randolph) netted two goals and Max Voumard (Cape May, NJ/St. Augustine Prep) had a goal and an assist. Franc Cook (Milton, DE/Cape Henlopen) was sharp in net for LC, making 14 saves. LC had a slim edge in shots (36-35) while the Tigers had a small advantage in groundballs (35-34).

Micah Keller and Ben Clarke scored twice for Hampden-Sydney (13-5) and Cole Hawthorne had a goal and an assist. Brad Mostowy won 12 of his 19 face-off attempts for the Tigers.

The Hornets (13-4) look to avenge an earlier 15-7 loss at Roanoke College and take home their fourth ODAC title next weekend. Further championship details will be announced early this week.

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LYNCHBURG, VA (MAY 2, 2010)-The #19 nationally-ranked Hampden-Sydney lacrosse team dropped a heartbreaker today against #10 Lynchburg College in the ODAC semifinals. After a defensive slugfest in the first half, the Hornets were able to hold the Tigers scoreless during the decisive third quarter. Hampden-Sydney staged a furious late rally but it was not enough, as the Tigers fell 10-7.

Senior captain Kyle Jett (Suffolk, VA/Nansemond Suffolk) opened the game's scoring about two minutes into play with an unassisted strike from the right side. Lynchburg was able to respond with a goal six minutes later to even the score at one, and both defenses buckled down and shut out the opposing offenses for the rest of the quarter.

The stellar defensive play continued into the second quarter, with neither side scoring again until Lynchburg broke through with seven minutes left in the quarter. They scored again three minutes later to make the score 3-1, but the Tigers were able to take advantage of an extra man opportunity a minute later when junior Cole Hawthorne (Richmond, VA/Collegiate) found a cutting Carter Mavromatis (Virginia Beach, VA/Cape Henry), who ripped a shot past the goalie. Only a minute and a half later, Hawthorne raced around his defender and buried a strike to knot things up at thee. The Hornets scored with just under a minute left to go up 4-3 and take that lead into the locker room. Hampden-Sydney had an excellent chance to tie things up in the closing seconds, but Jett's shot hit the post and time expired.

Lynchburg was able to control the action in the third quarter and scored three goals while holding the Tigers scoreless to take a 7-3 lead into the final period of play. Things looked bleak when Lynchburg scored twice in the first two minutes, but sophomore Ben Clarke (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Academy) was able to find the net for the Tigers to pull within 9-4. Lynchburg responded with a goal before the never-say-die Tigers really turned up the pressure.

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