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#10 Lynchburg Defeats Hampden-Sydney Lacrosse 7-6 in Double Overtime

Ned Bowden
Ned Bowden

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA – The #10 Lynchburg College lacrosse team defeated Hampden-Sydney 7-6 in a thrilling double-overtime contest from Hellmuth-Pritzlaff Field on Saturday night.

The game was all Hornets in the first few minutes. Harrison Brennan won the opening face-off and scored in just seven seconds. Aaron Murphy followed with a goal at 10:12, and Dane Angell scored less than a minute later to make it a 3-0 Lynchburg lead.

The Tigers got settled in from there, and the defense limited the Hornets to just one goal a quarter the rest of regulation. Abbot Wallenborn (Crozet, VA / Western Albemarle) put the Tigers on the board at 13:56 in the second quarter on a bouncer shot, but Chris Hower scored at 3:18 to make it a 4-1 Lynchburg advantage at intermission.

The third quarter is where the tide of the game shifted. Ned Bowden (Crozier, VA / Collegiate) forced a turnover, picked up the ground ball, and then went the length of the field to score at 11:11 to cut the deficit to 4-2. Thomas Rodenhouse posted a goal at 9:52 to put Lynchburg back ahead by three, 5-2. James Hughes (Raleigh, NC / Middle Creek) delivered a pass over the cage to Mike Funk (Chantilly, VA / Middleburg) who scored just outside the crease to trim the lead back down to two at 7:25. Hughes followed with a goal of his own at 4:56, then a fierce rip from the left wing into the top left corner from Wallenborn completed the comeback and knotted the game at 5-5 with 4:13 left in the third.

Lynchburg regained the lead 1:09 into the fourth off an Austin Stewart tally, but Hughes tied the game at 5:43, a goal that would end up sending the game to overtime.

Each team had a chance to win it in the first overtime but strong team defensive play negated any good looks at the goal as four extra minutes proved not be enough to determine a winner. Hampden-Sydney won the opening face-off in the second extra period but turned it over. The Hornets turned it into a transition opportunity with Austin Stewart having a one-on-one with the goalkeeper but sent the shot wide at 3:37. Lynchburg kept possession, and David Alyanakian found Campbell Armstrong for the game-winner at 3:09.

Hughes posted a game-high three points on two goals and one assist while Wallenborn tied for the game-lead in goals with two. David Noftsinger (Richmond, VA / Collegiate School) made several strong saves on his way to 10 stops.

Seven different players scored for Lynchburg, but Aaron Murphy and Dane Angell each contributed a goal and an assist. Harrison Brennan went 14-18 on face-offs with 11 groundballs, and Andrew Fawkes recorded eight saves.

Lynchburg held a 36-19 advantage in ground balls, but they committed 16 turnovers compared to just nine for Hampden-Sydney.

The Tiger return to the field on Saturday for a 7 pm contest vs. Roanoke College.