No. 8 Lyncburg Scores Last 6 in Regulation, Nips #9 W&L in OT

LEXINGTON, Va. Eighth-ranked Lynchburg scored the final six goals of regulation and then tallied the game-winner 1:55 into overtime to post a 9-8 win over ninth-ranked Washington & Lee in ODAC action on Wednesday evening at Wilson Field.

The Generals (8-2, 2-1) jumped out to a 4-0 lead with 9:18 left in the second quarter on the strength of a pair of goals by senior attackman Mac Means (Sewickley, Pa./Sewickley Academy). The Hornets (8-1, 3-0) got on the board with a man-up goal by first-year attackman Austin Stewart (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola-Blakefield) off an assist from first-year attackman Aaron Murphy (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown East) with 1:58 left in the second quarter and W&L carried a 4-1 lead into the halftime break.

W&L scored the first three goals of the third period to extend its lead to 7-1 with 8:26 left in the quarter. Junior midfielder Joe Wood (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville) scored unassisted at 11:35 and junior midfielder Jack Reuter (Rockville Center, N.Y./Chaminade) found the net unassisted 59 seconds later. Wood then scored man-up from sophomore midfielder Garrett Paglia (Forest Hill, Md./Gilman) at 8:26 to cap the run.

Lynchburg cut it to 7-2 on a goal by senior midfielder Vin Curran (Hull, Mass./Cohasset) at 7:22, but the Generals scored off the faceoff just three seconds later for an 8-2 lead with 7:19 left in the third quarter. Sophomore long-stick midfielder Noah Lessing (Babylon, N.Y./Babylon) tallied the goal off an assist from junior midfielder Jared Mitchell (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City).

The Hornets then began their game-ending surge when Stewart scored off an assist by senior attackman Pat Ohrem (Ridgefield, Conn./Trinity Pawling) with 6:25 left in the third quarter, cutting it to an 8-3 game entering the fourth quarter.

Stewart then scored again at the 12:46 mark of the fourth quarter, and sophomore midfielder Chris Hower (North Potomac, Md./Quince Orchard) found rope exactly one minute later to make it an 8-5 game.

The score remained 8-5 until LC senior attackman Derek Sweet (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) scored unassisted with 8:17 left in regulation. Senior midfielder Max Voumard (Cape May, N.J./St. Augustine Prep) made it 8-7 when he scored unassisted at 4:12 and Sweet tallied the equalizer off an Ohrem assist with 3:04 left in regulation.

Lynchburg won the faceoff to open the overtime and received a man-up situation to control the action before sophomore midfielder Campbell Armstrong (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) scored at even strength just 1:55 into the extra session to give the Hornets their fourth straight win over W&L.

The Generals won just two of seven faceoffs in the fourth period and overtime as the Hornets held a 12-4 advantage in shots over the final 16:55 of the game. Overall, W&L held a 30-28 edge in shots and a 31-30 advantage on ground balls. LC won 13 of 21 faceoffs in the game.

W&L was led by Wood, who totaled two goals and one assist. Means notched two goals, while Paglia had one goal and one assist. Sophomore Warren Berenis (Ocoee, Fla./Lake Highland Prep) played the duration in goal and posted six saves.

Lynchburg was paced by sophomore goalkeeper Adam Davey (Owings Mills, Md./Boys' Latin), who notched eight saves.

Washington & Lee returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Virginia Wesleyan for a 1:00 pm contest.


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