Men's lacrosse wins seventh ODAC championship

Lynchburg men's lacrosse team poses after winning the ODAC championship

Lexington, Va. -- They had been through the ringer already, so what's one more ranked opponent?

For a team that played nearly half its games in 2018 against opponents rated in top 20 in NCAA Division III, not much at all.

Bolstered by dominant face-off play and lock-down defense, the fourth-seeded Lynchburg College men's lacrosse team bested 17th-ranked and third-seeded Roanoke for a 13-8 win over its rival to secure the program's seventh Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament Saturday night on Washington and Lee's Wilson Field.

Not bad for a group that started the season 0-4, albeit against teams all ranked in the top 15 in the country.

Saturday's was the team's second win in as many days in loser-out action against ranked opponents -- the Hornets defeated No. 12 Washington and Lee, 11-8, on the top seed's home field the night prior -- showing the toughness that came with the early-season gauntlet.

"This group has just been resilient," senior goalie CJ Santora (Tewksbury, Mass.) said. "Everything that's been thrown at us, we've just kept fighting, kept climbing to reach that goal."

The goal was to win the league, which has opened the door for loftier aspirations.

"Since we stepped on campus this fall, our first goal was to win an ODAC championship," Santora said. "I don't think anyone wasn't ready for this."

The Hornets did it in dominating fashion, and it began with the face-off differential. Junior face-off man Bo Delaney (Marstons Mills, Mass.) took every bout for LC, winning 18 of the 24 tilts at midfield to set the tone.

Delaney, normally part of a two-pronged attack, found himself shouldering a heavier load in recent games after his compatriot, junior Craig Koester (Wildwood, Mo.) was sidelined with injury.

"When Craig went down, I kind of went through a bit of a drought period," Delaney admitted.

But the junior came through when it counted most, though if you ask him, it was as much the rest of the Hornets' face-off team.

"The wings played amazing today," he said. "They were just getting all the ground balls, and everyone was doing their jobs."

Delaney snagged a team-high six ground balls, while senior defender Trent Parker (Midlothian, Va.) chipped in five and junior midfielder Nick Willertz (Severn, Md.) added four.

Tied 5-5 at the half, LC used a third-quarter run to gain the advantage and shut the high-powered Roanoke attack out in the final 15 minutes of the game to secure the title.

"We brought our intensity up, not in the form of anger and heat but in staying with the game plan and making smart plays," Delaney said of the adjustments at halftime.

Lynchburg got a four-goal, one-assist effort from sophomore attackman Trammel Robinson (Memphis, Tenn.), and junior attackman Logan Adams (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) added two goals and two assists.

Lynchburg snatched the momentum early in the game on a score by Adams just 53 seconds into the game. Roanoke tied the game quickly, and the two teams remained knotted at a goal apiece until the 8:05 mark.

LC retook the lead at that point, when junior attackman Evan Lombardo (Franklin Park, Md.) scooped up a loose ball and found senior midfielder Colin McGuire (Odenton, Md.) for a goal that put LC ahead, 2-1. Roanoke scored with 1:20 remaining in the period to tie the game, 2-2, after a quarter of play.

RC made it a 3-0 run with a pair of man-up goals early in the second, but Lynchburg counter-punched with three of the next four goals, two by Robinson and one by freshman midfielder Riley Schmidt (Catonsville, Md.) as the teams ended the first half tied, 5-5.

Out of the break, Robinson put Lynchburg ahead for good with a goal at the 12:36 mark, assisted by Adams, and the two traded places 30 seconds later to double the lead. LC made it a 3-0 run just 16 seconds after that when Delaney scooped up the ground ball after the face-off and scored, unassisted. LC held the three-goal lead, trading goals with the Maroons for an 11-8 advantage headed into the final period.

Lynchburg's defense locked Roanoke down in the final stanza and added insurance in the form of goals by senior midfielder Eric Corella (Ashburn, Va.) and Lombardo.

The Hornets are now 8-2 since the start of April and by all accounts played their best lacrosse of the season over the weekend.

"I think we were just ready to go," Santora said. "I can't explain it, because it's the same guys."

For Lynchburg, Delaney, McGuire, junior defender Matt Meadows (Lynchburg, Va.), and Santora earned all-tournament team honors.

Lynchburg (12-8) will learn its road to the NCAA championship when the bracket is announced Sunday, May 6 at 9 p.m. on www.ncaa.com. The Hornets will be in the field for the seventh-straight year.

 

2018 ODAC MEN'S LACROSSE ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

Drew Barnard, Washington and Lee
Hunter Brown, Hampden-Sydney
John Burke, Hampden-Sydney
Conn Curry, Roanoke
Ian Davies, Roanoke
Bo Delaney, Lynchburg
Jock Hodgson, Washington and Lee
Colin McGuire, Lynchburg
Matt Meadows, Lynchburg
CJ Santora, Lynchburg
IV Stucker, Roanoke

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Mon Sep 16
at Tom Kinder Memorial, Lakeview GC, Harrisonburg, Va. -- Day 1
Tue Sep 17
at Tom Kinder Memorial, Lakeview GC, Harrisonburg, Va. -- Day 2
Wed Sep 18
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Averett
Wed Sep 18
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Chris. Newport
Fri Sep 20
at ITA Southeast Regional Championship, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Va. -- Day 1
Sat Sep 21
at ITA Southeast Regional Championship, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Va. -- Day 2
Sat Sep 21
1:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Catholic
Sat Sep 21
2:00 PM
Southern Virginia
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Sep 21
2:00 PM
Mary Washington
vs. Lynchburg
Parents Weekend
Sat Sep 21
4:00 PM
Mary Baldwin
vs. Lynchburg
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Wed Aug 21
7:30 PM
Randolph
vs. Lynchburg
Scrimmage
Fri Aug 30
Final
4 Roanoke
1 vs. No. 22 Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Non-conference match
Sat Sep 07
Final
0 Maryville (Tenn.)
1 vs. No. 22 Lynchburg
Sun Sep 08
Final
0 Regent
10 vs. No. 22 Lynchburg
Wed Sep 11
Final
2 No. 16 Mary Washington
0 vs. Lynchburg
Fri Sep 13
Final
1 No. 13 Oglethorpe
2 vs. Lynchburg
Wed Sep 18
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Chris. Newport
Sat Sep 21
1:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Catholic
Wed Sep 25
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee
vs. Lynchburg
Non-conference match
Sat Sep 28
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Roanoke
Wed Oct 02
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Bridgewater (Va.)
Non-conference match
Wed Oct 09
7:00 PM
Randolph-Macon
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 12
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Hampden-Sydney
Wed Oct 16
3:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Washington and Lee
Sat Oct 19
7:30 PM
East. Mennonite
vs. Lynchburg
Homecoming
Wed Oct 23
7:00 PM
Shenandoah
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 26
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Va. Wesleyan
Tue Oct 29
7:00 PM
Guilford
vs. Lynchburg
Senior Night
Fri Nov 01
TBA
TBA
vs. Lynchburg
ODAC Tournament -- First Round
Sun Nov 03
TBA
TBA
vs. Lynchburg
ODAC Tournament -- Quarterfinal
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Sat Aug 31
Final
2 No. 10 Johns Hopkins
0 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
@ Salem, Va. Roanoke Invitational Soccer Showcase
Sun Sep 01
Final
2 Mt. St. Mary (N.Y.)
7 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
@ Salem, Va. Roanoke Invitational Soccer Showcase
Sat Sep 07
Final
1 Maryville (Tenn.)
2 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Match 1
Sun Sep 08
Final
0 Kalamazoo
3 vs. No. 20 Lynchburg
Shellenberger Classic -- Match 3
Sat Sep 14
Final - 2OT
2 No. 19 Lynchburg
3 at Emory
Sun Sep 15
Final
1 No. 19 Lynchburg
0 at Piedmont
Wed Sep 25
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Chris. Newport
Sat Sep 28
12:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Washington and Lee
Sat Oct 05
1:00 PM
Bridgewater (Va.)
vs. Lynchburg
Wed Oct 09
4:00 PM
Randolph
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 12
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
at East. Mennonite
Tue Oct 15
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Ferrum
Wed Oct 16
4:00 PM
Sweet Briar
vs. Lynchburg
Sat Oct 19
5:00 PM
Roanoke
vs. Lynchburg
Homecoming
Wed Oct 23
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Randolph-Macon
Sun Oct 27
1:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Shenandoah
Wed Oct 30
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Guilford
Sat Nov 02
1:00 PM
Va. Wesleyan
vs. Lynchburg
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