LEXINGTON, Va. – Second-seeded Lynchburg rode a tremendous defensive effort and six points from junior attackman Kyle Lewis to a 16-6 victory over top-seeded Washington and Lee in the ODAC Men’s Lacrosse Championship game.
The Hornets (16-2) set the tone early, jumping out to a 5-1 lead after the first quarter and posting a 9-1 lead at the break. Lynchburg limited W&L (11-5) to just six shots in the opening half, while junior attackman Ryan Kenney tallied three goals and one assist before the intermission.
The Generals opened the third period with two goals in the first 48 seconds to pull within 9-3. Junior midfielder Tommy MacCowatt (New Vernon, N.J. / Delbarton) scored man-up from senior attackman Austin Hudson (Baltimore, Md. / Gilman) at 14:27 and senior attackman Stuart Greenspon (Aldie, Va. / Episcopal) scored unassisted at 14:12.
However, the Hornets closed the penultimate quarter with five straight tallies for a 14-3 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Blue & White fought to the end, scoring three times in the final 2:41 of the game, but it was too little, too late.
Lynchburg finished with a 43-22 advantage in shots and a 33-27 edge in ground balls. The Hornets also took 14-of-25 faceoffs and forced 25 Washington and Lee turnovers.
Greenspon led the W&L offense with three goals and one assist. Hudson added one goal and one assist, while senior Jack Taylor (Baltimore, Md. / Saint Paul’s) played all 60 minutes in goal, registering nine saves.
Greenspon, Taylor and sophomore defenseman Harris Hubbard (Daniel Island, S.C. / Bishop England) were all named to the ODAC All-Tournament team.
Lewis posted three goals and three assists, and Kenney tallied four goals and one assist to lead the Hornets. Sophomore Patrick Moore played the first 56:35 in goal and recorded seven saves.
Lynchburg will receive the ODAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament, while Washington and Lee’s season ends at 11-5 overall.