No. 9 Lynchburg Thunders Past Marywood

Lynchburg, VA Dylan Hoff recorded eight points to lead Lynchburg to a 17-2 victory over Marywood in non-conference action on Wednesday evening at Shellenberger Field. The Hornets, currently ranked ninth in the nation, improve to 4-1 on the season, while the Pacers fall to 0-2.

Lynchburg scored the first two goals of Wednesday night's contest before Greg Nester cut the Hornets' lead in half with an unassisted goal at the 9:29 mark of the first quarter. Lynchburg responded with a five-goal run to hold a 7-1 advantage with 6:10 to play in the second quarter after Ben Sauer scored off an assist from Dylan Hoff.

Marywood got a goal back 3:01 later as Sam Trill netted his first collegiate goal off a feed from Marcus Janda, but the Hornets would hold an 8-2 lead after the first 30 minutes of play courtesy of Sauer's second tally of the contest with 2:08 left in the second stanza.

Lynchburg exploded for six third quarter goals, including three from Hoff, to break the game-wide open in favor of the Hornets as the hosts took a 14-2 lead heading into the final 15 minutes of play.

Charlie Oldendorp and Chance Smith netted tallies separated by just 42 seconds to extend Lynchburg's advantage to 16-2 with 6:30 to play. The Hornets would tack on one more goal with just under five minutes remaining to close out the scoring.

Hoff's game-high eight points came on four goals and four assists while Pat Ohrem (2 goals, 1 assist) and Andrew Wilfong (1 goal, 2 assists) added three points apiece for Lynchburg, who outshot the Pacers 50-26 for the game. Franc Cook made three saves over the first three quarters to pick up the win in goal for the Hornets, who held a 52-41 edge in groundball for the game and won 14 of 22 face-offs in the contest.

Joe LaBella fired off a team-leading six shots for Marywood, who was led by Nick Johnson's six groundballs on the evening. Cornella and John Pelligrini scooped up four groundballs apiece while Chris Vogel led the Pacers with three caused turnovers.

Nicholas Cornella made 15 saves in nearly 52 minutes of action in Marywood's cage while Brian White and Steve Kilian split the final eight-plus minutes in goal. White was not credited with a save in just under four and a half minutes of action while Kilian made one stop in the final 3:38 of the contest.

Marywood will look to break into the win column on Saturday when they take on non-conference opponent Greensboro College at 11:00 a.m. in Greensboro, NC.


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