#16 Men’s Lacrosse Powers Past #15 Roanoke

#16 Men’s Lacrosse Powers Past #15 Roanoke

 

Lombardo, Santora Lead Men's Lax Past Roanoke 14-11 to Advance to ODAC Finals

 

Score: #16 Lynchburg 14, #15 Roanoke 11


Location: Lexington, Va. (Wilson Field)

Records: #16 Lynchburg 13-5, #15 Roanoke 12-4

From the Face-Off

In a rematch of last year's conference semifinal, Lynchburg men's lacrosse took on rival Roanoke College in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) semifinals in a neutral-site competition held at Washington & Lee University on Friday night.

Game Breakdown

  • After Roanoke scored the opening goal, Lynchburg would score five unanswered. Evan Lombardo and Colin McGuire both scored twice during the run.

  • Each team bounced back and forth in the second quarter as Lombardo tallied twice more to help the Hornets to a 9-4 lead at the break.

  • The third stanza started with two goals from Lynchburg's Harrison Brennan and Lombardo, followed by two scores from Roanoke.

  • Lombardo would score his sixth and final time with 4:18 remaining in the third to aid in a 12-6 Lynchburg lead heading into the final period.

  • With their backs against the wall, the Maroons did not let up, going on a 5-1 run to bring the game within two scores with 3:58 left to go.

  • A penalty against Lynchburg forced a man-down situation late in the game. Junior goalkeeper CJ Santora recorded a huge save and started a successful clear. His play eventually led to a score on an open net a minute later by Thomas with 48 seconds to play to seal the game.


Inside the Box Score

  • Santora recorded a career-high 22 saves for a 66.7% save percentage as he faced 57 total shots from the Maroons between the pipes.

  • Lombardo's six goals and one assist tied his season-highs in both goals and points. The sophomore attackman now has 52 goals on the season.

  • Andrew Thomas set a career-high five points with his four goals and one assist.

  • The Hornets converted on their only two extra man opportunities as the Maroons were 0-4.

  • Roanoke had a strong fourth quarter, winning all eight faceoffs and out-shooting Lynchburg 23-4 during the 15-minute span.


A Look Ahead

Lynchburg will travel back to Lexington, Va this Saturday as they play fourth-seeded Hampden-Sydney College at 7 p.m. in the ODAC finals. The Tigers came to Shellenberger Field on April 15 and fell to Lynchburg 16-10. Since losing to Washington & Lee back on March 25, the Hornets have won nine-straight games en route to what will be the program's fourth-straight conference finals appearance.