No. 5 York defeats No. 19 men's lacrosse

Kevin Rogers runs with a lacrosse stick.

Lynchburg, Va. -- The 19th-ranked Lynchburg College men's lacrosse team couldn't close an early deficit, eventually falling, 15-11, to No. 5 York on a windy Saturday afternoon at LC's Shellenberger Field.

Sophomore midfielder Kevin Rogers (Leesburg, Va.) led the Hornets with a hat trick, while senior attackmen Evan Lombardo (Franklin Park, N.J.) and Shayne O'Brien (Duxbury, Mass.) and junior attackman Logan Adams (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) netted two goals apiece. Senior attackman Colin McGuire (Odenton, Md.) chipped in three assists.

The two programs celebrated the One Love Foundation, an organization aimed at ending relationship abuse, during the game, wearing blue shirts prior to the game and selling T-shirts with proceeds going toward the One Love movement.

 

THE RUNDOWN

Final: No. 5 York 15, No. 19 Lynchburg 11

Records: York 4-0, Lynchburg 0-4

Venue: Shellenberger Field, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Va.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED

- The Spartans stormed out to a 4-0 lead in the first 10 minutes, one of the goals coming man-up, to take control early. Junior face-off man Craig Koester (Wildwood, Mo.) broke the run for Lynchburg, winning a face-off with 4:56 left in the first quarter and streaking upfield for the unassisted score. O'Brien cut York's lead to two a couple minutes later, but the Spartans scored twice in the final minute of the first to lead 6-2 after 15 minutes of play.

- After a 3-0 Spartans run early in the second, Lynchburg responded with three straight scores of its own. Lombardo sparked the run with 3:56 left in the half, and Rogers contributed the final two. York reassumed momentum with a buzzer-beating goal, leading 10-6 entering halftime.

- The two teams traded goals in the third, York scoring the last to lead 13-8 with one period left to play.

- Lynchburg scored three straight goals to open the fourth -- one each from Adams, senior midfielder Ryan Kardux (Wayne, N.J.), and O'Brien -- to cut the Spartan lead to 13-11 with 6:17 remaining, but the Hornets couldn't reel any closer. York added a pair of late insurance goals to seal the game.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

The Hornets will look forward to Saturday, March 10 when they will open up Old Dominion Athletic Conference play against Bridgewater. Face-off is set for 1 p.m. on Shellenberger Field.

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