LYNCHBURG, Va. – Third-ranked and top-seeded Lynchburg College outscored Washington and 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.
Washington and Lee once again received an outstanding effort from first-year goalkeeper Warren Berenis (Ocoee, Fla./Lake Highland Prep), who stopped 15 shots in goal. He was named to the all-tournament team, along with Meehan and junior midfielder Luke Heinsohn (Charlottesville, Va./Covenant School).
Ohrem paced the Hornets with three goals, while Wilfong had two goals and two assists. Manzo added two goals and one helper, and Cook logged 10 saves in 59:40 between the pipes.
With the loss, Washington and Lee completed the 2012 season with a 10-9 overall record. Lynchburg improved to 17-1 and receives the ODAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.