Lynchburg Rocks Virginia Wesleyan
from press release
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Dane Angell posted a career-high five goals, and the Lynchburg College men's lacrosse team outscored Virginia Wesleyan College 11-2 over the second and third quarters on the way to a 22-7 win on Tuesday evening. The third-seeded Hornets defeated the sixth-seeded Marlins to move on past the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) first round.
Austin Stewart continued his hot streak against VWC, by scoring less than a minute into the game off the feed from David Alyanakian. LC went up 3-0 over the next nine minutes, with Todd Galvin and Angell both opening up their daily accounts. But after several saves by Andrew Fawkes and the cage itself, Virginia Wesleyan finally broke through with Josh Currier and Mike Moran notching tallies two minutes apart. However, Angell added his second of the day, to put the lead back to two, right before the end of the first period.
Neither team could get anything going early on in the second, as many shots flew wide and high of each net. Cory Hilliard stopped the stalemate, taking Nick Pappas pass to cut the Hornet advantage to one. Lynchburg then went on the run to put the game out of reach. Six unanswered goals were fired home by LC. Aaron Murphy started the barrage, which was followed by Angell completing his hat trick, two from Campbell Armstrong, and the second tally by both Galvin and Stewart. The streak gave the Hornets a 10-3 cushion at the half.
Coming out of the intermission, LC wasted no time in adding to the lead, as Armstrong added his third of the evening only 17 seconds into the period. Virginia Wesleyan then had a good opportunity to score on the man-up but eventually turned it over after missing on several shots. Angell capitalized after the turnover, taking the pass from Murphy and scoring number four. Currier scored on the next man-up situation to stop the eight-goal run, but Thomas Rodenhouse came back with his first of the game. It was then followed by Stewart completing his hat trick, his eighth in two games versus the Marlins, and Angell caught a pass from Chris Cornelius right before the buzzer to give Lynchburg a 15-3 lead.
The fourth quarter was similar to the last two, as the Hornets scored very quickly, as Chris Hower notched his first only 14 seconds in. Murphy, Chris Cornelius, Charlie Oldendorp (twice), Sean Ahearn, Chris Camarca. Currier, Moran, and James Alvarez added late goals for Virginia Wesleyan in the fourth, but it was after the game had been decided.
Currier and Pappas each had two assists for the Marlins (9-7 overall), in the second-straight meeting between the two teams. However, LC only had a plus-six margin in the shots category (52-46), which had Fawkes (nine), Chris Hawley (two), and James Cook (three) combine to make 14 saves in the game.
Lynchburg (14-4) will head west on 460 this weekend to try and avenge last year's overtime ODAC semifinal loss to Washington and Lee University. The Hornets take on the second-seeded Generals at Roanoke College, the same site as last year's Final Four, on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
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