Lynchburg Prevails 21-13 in ODAC Championship

Abbot Wallenborn

SALEM, VA – Lynchburg College topped Hampden-Sydney 21-13 in the ODAC Lacrosse Championship game on Sunday afternoon.

Abbot Wallenborn (Crozet, VA / Western Albemarle) put the Tigers on the scoreboard first at 13:34, but Lynchburg's Harrison Brennan won the face-off, picked up the ground ball, and scored nine seconds later. The goal started a streak of five consecutive goals for Lynchburg, who led 5-1 with 8:38 left in the first quarter. Fleet Jernigan (Kill Devil Hills, NC / First Flight) found the back of the net at 7:51, but Lynchburg scored the next four and went up 9-2 with 11:18 to go until halftime.

The Tigers offense woke up from there, scoring the next three to trim the deficit to 9-5 at 3:03. Austin Stewart ended the Tigers run at 2:35, but Wallenborn scored again with 59 seconds left in the frame to keep it a four-goal game, 10-6. Hunter Thompson quickly answered the score with 47 seconds to go, but Thomas Armstrong (Charlotte, NC / Charlotte Latin) scored from a near impossible angle at the six second mark to make it a 11-7 halftime score.

Lynchburg scored in quick succession much like the first quarter, pocketing the first five goals of the quarter with 7:06 to go, leading 16-7. Duncan Morris (Charlottesville, VA / Christchurch) scored in transition at 3:36, but Dane Angell posted a goal at 1:45 to keep it a nine-score game, 17-8, after three quarters of play. Hampden-Sydney scored five goals in the fourth, but the Hornets added four.

Wallenborn, Jake Koferl (Huntersville, NC / Lake Norman), and Armstrong were named to the All-Tournament team. Wallenborn contributed five goals while Armstrong and Morris each had three. Fleet Jernigan added on two goals, and Mike Funk (Chantilly, VA / Middleburg) two assists. Koferl won 15-of-24 face-offs with 10 ground balls, and Jared Arntzen (Atlanta, GA / Blue Ridge) went 7-12 with four ground balls.

Austin Stewart tallied seven goals and one assist while Aaron Murphy had three scores and four helpers. Dane Angell and Campbell Armstrong each contributed a hat trick, and David Alyanakian tacked on two scores and two assists.

Lynchburg held a 42-26 advantage in shots and 41-33 in ground balls. H-SC won 23-of-38 face-offs, while H-SC had 18 turnovers compared to 12 for Lynchburg.

Hampden-Sydney ends the season with a 10-8 overall record.