LEXINGTON, Va. – Third-seeded Lynchburg College broke a 7-7 tie with a pair of fourth quarter scores in posting a 9-7 win over second-seeded Washington and Lee in the semifinals of the ODAC men's lacrosse tournament on Saturday evening at Wilson Field.
The Generals (9-8) tied the game at 7-7 with 13:11 remaining in the game on a fast break goal by sophomore attackman Jack Switala (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) off an assist from senior midfielder Drew Mancini (Hillsborough, Calif./Deerfield Academy).
However, the Hornets (13-5) responded with the game-winner just 2:24 later when sophomore defenseman Joseph Lisicky (Chadds Ford, Pa./Unionville) scored unassisted. Junior midfielder Matt Manzo (Leesburg, Va./Notre Dame Academy) provided an insurance goal when he scored off an assist from senior midfielder Eddie Bilinkas (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) with 4:22 remaining. From there, the Hornets were able to run off the clock and preserve their trip to the ODAC Championship game.
Lynchburg jumped out to a 3-1 lead following the first quarter, but the Generals responded with a trio of second quarter goals to assume a 4-3 lead at halftime. Junior attackman Sam Mott (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South) scored unassisted at 10:04 of the quarter and junior attackman Scott Meehan (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Manlius-Pebble Hill) scored off an assist from sophomore midfielder Luke Heinsohn (Charlottesville, Va./Covenant) to knot the score at 3-3 with 2:43 left in the half. Senior attackman Spence Daw (Phoenix, Md./Loyola-Blakefield) gave W&L the lead when he found rope off an assist from sophomore Joe Wood (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville) with five seconds left in the period.
No team led by more than one goal following the break until the Hornets took control with the final two goals of the game.
Switala and Meehan each scored two goals to lead the W&L offense. Heinsohn added one goal and one assist, and senior Ned Lundvall (Richmond, Va./Gilman) tallied nine saves in goal.
Manzo paced the Hornets with three goals, while junior attackman Dylan Hoff (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) notched two goals and one assist. Sophomore midfielder Max Voumard (Cape May, N.J./St. Augustine Prep) and junior attackman Ben Sauer (Richmond, Va./Collegiate) chipped in one goal and one assist each, while junior goalkeeper Franc Cook (Milton, Del./Cape Henlopen) posted 13 saves between the pipes.
With the loss, the Generals end the 2011 campaign with a 9-8 overall record, the program's 22nd-straight winning season.
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Jack Switala 2; Scott Meehan 2; Luke Heinsohn 1; Spence Daw 1; Sam Mott 1.
Luke Heinsohn 1; Drew Mancini 1; Joe Wood 1.
Matt Manzo 3; Dylan Hoff 2; Max Voumard 1; Ben Sauer 1; Andrew Wilfong 1; Joe Lisicky 1.
Eddie Bilinkas 1; Dylan Hoff 1; Ben Sauer 1; Max Voumard 1.
Ned Lundvall (W&L) – 60:00, 9 GA, 9 Saves
Franc Cook (LC) – 60:00, 7 GA, 13 Saves