LYNCHBURG, VA - Lynchburg College's Eddie Bilinkas scored to beat the game-ending buzzer to lift the Hornets to an 8-7 win over the Hampden-Sydney College lacrosse team Saturday night.
Lynchburg went up 2-0 in the first quarter behind goals from Andrew Wilfong and Phil Petronelli. Micah Keller (Richmond, VA/Christchurch) countered back with a goal at the 2:34 mark to make it a 2-1 game after one quarter. LC pushed their lead out to 4-1 at 6:48 after scores from Wilfong and Matt Manzo.Carter Mavromatis (Virginia Beach, VA/Cape Henry) scored at 5:41 while Cole Hawthorne (Richmond, VA/Collegiate) recorded a tally at 4:19 to cut the lead to 4-3. LC's Charlie Olendorp scored to put the lead back out to two, 5-3, to head into the second-half.
Hawthorne scored the first goal of the third at 9:40 to close the lead to 5-4, but Lynchburg's Chris Eggeling scored 11 seconds later. H-SC then reeled off the next three goals of the game. Keller found the back of the net with 2:43 left in the third and scored the tying goal at the 8:53 mark in the fourth. Hawthorne then deposited his third goal of the contest at 6:58 to give the Tigers a 7-6 lead. Wilfong pocketed his third score at 1:47 to even the game at 7-7. Lynchburg won the ensuing face-off but turned over the ball, but the Tigers would turn the ball over on their possession to give the ball back to the Hornets. A Eggeling shot sailed high of the goal with 24 seconds left, but Bilinkas scored the game-winner with one second left.
Keller and Hawthorne each had three goals to lead the Tigers while Mavromatis had one goal and two assists. Cody Hornung (Bala Cynwyd, PA/Lower Merion) recorded 14 saves and seven ground balls while allowing eight goals. Nate Norbo (Waterford, VA/Loudoun Valley) had four ground balls while Jake McDonald (Richmond, VA/Collegiate) had three. Tim VanBenthuysen (Castle Rock, CO/Regis Jesuit)forced three turnovers and scooped up three ground balls.
Wilfong led Lynchburg with three goals while five other players scored. Jeff Schwartz was 14-18 on face-offs with 11 ground balls. Franc Cook registered nine saves and six ground balls while Joe Lisicky had three caused turnovers and four ground balls.
Lynchburg outshot Hampden-Sydney 28-22, but the Tigers held a 39-38 advantage in ground balls. H-SC was 16-21 on clears while the Hornets were 18-26. Lynchburg committed 21 turnovers compared to 17 for the Tigers.
Hampden-Sydney hosts Randolph-Macon on Wednesday at 4 p.m.