LEXINGTON, Va. – Fourth-seeded Lynchburg College closed the game on a 9-2 run to snap top-seeded Washington and Lee's 14-game winning streak with an 11-8 victory in the semifinals of the ODAC men's lacrosse tournament on Friday evening at Wilson Field.
The Generals (14-4) led from midway through the first quarter until the 12:53 mark of the fourth quarter.
W&L's lead swelled to 6-2 with 12:36 left in the third quarter when first-year attackman Taylor Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) scored unassisted. However, the momentum changed shortly thereafter, as the Hornets (11-8) began their run with a goal by sophomore attackman Trammell Robinson off an assist from junior attackman Logan Adams just 18 seconds after Witherell's score.
LC closed the third with two more goals, one by junior attackman Evan Lombardo, and another by senior midfielder Eric Corrella, to pull within a single goal (6-5) entering the fourth period.
W&L pushed back to a 7-5 lead on an unassisted tally by senior midfielder Jones Veith (Alexandria, Va. / St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) just 21 seconds into the fourth period, but LC scored two more goals over the next 1:46 to knot the game at 7-7. The Generals grabbed the lead back (8-7) on a goal by sophomore midfielder Garrett Cannon (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) off a feed from sophomore midfielder Thomas Zusi (Chester, N.J. / Pingry School) at 10:42, but LC tied the game up once again on a man-down goal by Lombardo with 8:32 left.
Lombardo's goal was the first in a four-game surge to close the game out for the Hornets, who held a 42-40 edge in shots. W&L won the ground ball battle, 27-18, and the Generals claimed 17-of-23 faceoffs behind sophomore midfielder Jack Hodgson (Richmond, Va. / St. Christopher's), who was 17-of-21 with one goal. He is now 238-for-357 (.667) on the season and just eight wins shy of Sandy Harrison's '88 school record for faceoff wins in a season.
Senior attackman A.J. Witherell (Wilmington, Del. / Salesianum) led W&L with two goals, while Zusi posted one goal and one assist. First-year goalkeeper Jack Taylor (Baltimore, Md. / Saint Paul's) recorded 10 saves while playing all 60 minutes in goal.
Senior midfielder Colin McGuire and Robinson notched three goals apiece, while Lombardo posted two goals and one assist. Adams finished with five assists and senior goalkeeper C.J. Santora played a major factor in the game, recording 19 saves.
Lynchburg advances to Saturday's ODAC Championship game, where it will face third-seeded Roanoke, who beat second-seeded Hampden-Sydney, 14-8. Washington and Lee will wait until Sunday to see if it will receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.