No. 13 Lynchburg Edges No. 19 Seahawks in First Round

Lynchburg, Va. No. 19 St. Mary's put up a valiant fight in their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III tournament but could not hold on for the win Wednesday night. No. 13 Lynchburg powered through for the 6-5 first round victory with four unanswered goals in the final period.

Down three goals heading into the final 15 minutes of action, senior midfielder Vin Curran (Hull, Mass.) ignited his team and sparked the game-winning 4-0 run with his second of the game at 12:56. Sophomore attackman Jay Goldsmith (Jamestown, N.C.) then pulled the Hornets within 5-4 with an unassisted goal before senior midfielder Max Voumard (Cape May, N.J.) knotted the game at 5-5 two minutes later, firing one into the lower left corner.

Curran netted the would-be game-winner with 6:30 left in the contest, completing his hat trick as he propelled a shot through traffic into the lower corner.

Attackmen Ben Love (Owings Mills, Md./McDonogh School) and Patrick Mull (Fallston, Md./Fallston) paced the Seahawk offense with two goals apiece while senior midfielder Albert Mitchell (Shrewsbury, Mass./Saint John's) won 10 of 14 face-offs.

Lynchburg (13-5) got on the board first at 10:54 behind sophomore attackman Todd Galvin's (Whitman, Mass.) unassisted goal after picking up a loose ball near the crease. Despite being outshot 9-6 and committing seven turnovers, the Seahawks headed into the second period ahead 2-1 as Love and Mull both found the back of the net, including Mull's tally with 17.3 seconds left in the first quarter. Mitchell kept the Seahawks on pace by winning all four face-offs in the first.

The Hornets were the aggressor in the second period notching the first six shots for a 12-7 edge in the quarter but St. Mary's came away with the only goal as sophomore midfielder Tim Perugini (Stony Brook, N.Y./Ward Melville) fed fellow classmate Nate Babcock (Baltimore, Md./Severn School) who was streaking the middle and ripped one past sophomore Adam Davey (Owings Mills, Md.).

Lynchburg once again dominated possession in the third quarter with an 11-4 shot advantage but only managed to put one goal past senior Scott Marsh (Crofton, Md./South River) as Marsh turned away four in the third. Senior midfielder Vin Curran (Hull, Mass.) pulled the Hornets within one just 13 seconds in, winning the face-off and sprinting down for the goal. Back-to-back scores by Love and Mull sent the Seahawks into the final period of play with a three-goal cushion.

Marsh finished the game with 10 saves and five ground balls while Davey came up with eight stops in the Hornet win, getting hot in the fourth with four denials. Lynchburg ended the contest with a 40-26 shot advantage while the Seahawks garnered the edge in ground balls, 29-24. St. Mary's killed two Hornet extra-man opportunities while Lynchburg's man-down defense kept the Seahawks 0 for 4 in EMOs.

St. Mary's solid season comes to a close tonight with a 12-7 (4-2 CAC) record, having captured the program's third Capital Athletic Conference championship crown and notching the school's first-ever NCAA berth.


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