Aaron Murphy Scores Five as Hornets Down Guilford 15-7

Aaron Murphy set a career high with five goals Saturday

For immediate release – 3/15/2014 - #249
Aaron Murphy Scores Five as Hornets Down Guilford 15-7

LYNCHBURG, VA – The 12th-ranked Lynchburg College men's lacrosse team outscored Guilford College in each quarter Saturday afternoon to take a 15-7 victory in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) opener for both teams.

The Hornets took a 3-0 lead with 3:39 left in the first quarter as Aaron Murphy picked up an early hat trick. The second goal was assisted by Todd Galvin.

Dylan Haupt got the Quakers on the board late in the first on an unassisted attempt that made it into the Hornet cage, but LC netted four of the next five goals to assume a 7-2 second quarter advantage.

Campbell Armstrong, Austin Stewart, David Alyanakian and Galvin each got the ball past the Quaker goalie in the balanced run.

Lynchburg led 7-3 at halftime, and came out strong in the second half with four consecutive goals to hold a commanding 11-3 lead with 10:08 remaining in the third. Murphy contributed his fourth goal early in the third quarter while Cole Barrett, Thomas Rodenhouse and Armstrong added Hornet tallies.

Murphy added a fifth goal late in the third to top his previous career high of three set at Guilford College last season. Armstrong and Alyanakian contributed a pair of goals each while Stewart, Galvin, Barrett, Rodenhouse, Chris Camarca and Charlie Oldendorp had single tallies in the game.

Rob Arnold led the Hornets with two assists while Bobby Distler, Harrison Brennan, Galvin and Oldendorp each added one helper. Distler was 12-for-18 on faceoff attempts, and led LC with six groundballs. Chris Hower added five.

Duncan Fitzgerald had three goals for Guilford (5-1/0-1) while Adam Fiore had a pair of assists.

Lynchburg led in groundballs 34-21 and won 17 of the game's 25 faceoff attempts. Andrew Fawkes made three saves for the victory while Thomas Deane turned away 10 shots for Guilford while scooping three groundballs.

Lynchburg (3-2/1-0) hosts Colorado College (3-3) Sunday at 2 p.m. in non-conference action.