Third-Ranked Lynchburg Downs W&L to Win the ODAC Title

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- For the first time since 2008, third-ranked Lynchburg won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship with a 10-4 victory over Washington & Lee on Sunday. It is the fourth ODAC title for the Hornets in program history.

Junior Pat Ohrem registered three goals, while seniors Matt Manzo and Andrew Wilfongeach tallied two goals in the game to lead LC. Senior goalie Franc Cook made 10 saves.

Washington and Lee jumped out early with two goals in the first quarter due in part to the Generals' goalie Warren Berenis who made several key stops.

LC answered back in the second quarter with three goals. Ohrem scored the first goal at 8:41 before junior Vin Curran tied up the game at two with 37 seconds left in the half. Junior Max Voumard registered a goal with just 13 seconds left in the quarter, giving Lynchburg a 3-2 lead at halftime.

In the third quarter, Lynchburg registered another three tallies while limiting the Generals to only one. Wilfong and Ohrem found the back of the net in the first four minutes before the Generals scored their first goal in over 23 minutes of play. Manzo scored from senior Dylan Hoff and LC ended the third ahead 6-3.

Manzo and Wilfong put up two goals to push the lead to five early in the fourth. Washington and Lee's Jack Reuter converted a shot at 7:45 to make the score 8-4, but Ohrem netted a goal from Manzo just 26 seconds later. Junior attack Derek Sweetended the scoring with two minutes on the game clock from freshman Jay Goldsmith.

"They were hungry for this, it's a testament to those guys," said LC head coach Steve Koudelka. "We've had a bullseye on our chest the last couple of months, and we've answered it."

Senior Franc Cook made 10 stops for the Hornets (17-1), while W&L's Berenis had 15 saves. Wilfong had two goals and two assists for LC, while Manzo also added an assist to his two scores. Senior Matt Jernack won 13 of his 17 face-off attempts.

Meehan, Mac Means, Garrett Paglia and Jack Reuter each had goals for W&L (10-9).

The Hornets, winners of 16 straight games, earn the ODAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

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LYNCHBURG, Va. Third-ranked and top-seeded Lynchburg outscored Washington & Lee 10-2 over the final three quarters to produce a 10-4 win over the sixth-seeded Generals in the championship game of the ODAC Tournament on Sunday at Shellenberger Field.

W&L jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first quarter as first-year midfielder Garrett Paglia (Forest Hill, Md./Gilman) and junior attackman Mac Means (Sewickley, Pa./Sewickley Academy) both found rope unassisted.

Lynchburg cracked the scoreboard at the 8:41 mark of the second quarter when junior attackman Pat Ohrem scored off an assist from senior midfielder Andrew Wilfong. The Generals held the lead until the Hornets scored twice in the final 37 seconds for a 3-2 lead at the half. Junior midfielder Vin Curran tied the game with an unassisted tally at 0:37 and junior midfielder Max Voumard gave LC their first lead when he scored with 13 seconds left before the break.

The Hornets scored the first two goals of the third period to stretch out to a 5-2 lead at the 11:17 mark, but the Generals countered with a goal by senior attackman Scott Meehan (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Manlius-Pebble Hill) from first-year attackman Cameron Dabir (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich./Culver Academy) at 7:49.

Lynchburg then went on a three-goal run, featuring a pair of scores by senior midfielder Matt Manzo, to assume an 8-3 lead with 9:58 left. Sophomore midfielder Jack Reuter (Rockville Center, N.Y./Chaminade) capped the W&L scoring when he beat LC senior goalkeeper Franc Cook with 7:35 to go in the game. Lynchburg added a pair of scores in the last 7:09 for the final margin.

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2012-05-06



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