Men's lacrosse wins seventh ODAC championship

Lynchburg men's lacrosse team poses after winning the ODAC championship

Lexington, Va. -- They had been through the ringer already, so what's one more ranked opponent?

For a team that played nearly half its games in 2018 against opponents rated in top 20 in NCAA Division III, not much at all.

Bolstered by dominant face-off play and lock-down defense, the fourth-seeded Lynchburg College men's lacrosse team bested 17th-ranked and third-seeded Roanoke for a 13-8 win over its rival to secure the program's seventh Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament Saturday night on Washington and Lee's Wilson Field.

Not bad for a group that started the season 0-4, albeit against teams all ranked in the top 15 in the country.

Saturday's was the team's second win in as many days in loser-out action against ranked opponents -- the Hornets defeated No. 12 Washington and Lee, 11-8, on the top seed's home field the night prior -- showing the toughness that came with the early-season gauntlet.

"This group has just been resilient," senior goalie CJ Santora (Tewksbury, Mass.) said. "Everything that's been thrown at us, we've just kept fighting, kept climbing to reach that goal."

The goal was to win the league, which has opened the door for loftier aspirations.

"Since we stepped on campus this fall, our first goal was to win an ODAC championship," Santora said. "I don't think anyone wasn't ready for this."

The Hornets did it in dominating fashion, and it began with the face-off differential. Junior face-off man Bo Delaney (Marstons Mills, Mass.) took every bout for LC, winning 18 of the 24 tilts at midfield to set the tone.

Delaney, normally part of a two-pronged attack, found himself shouldering a heavier load in recent games after his compatriot, junior Craig Koester (Wildwood, Mo.) was sidelined with injury.

"When Craig went down, I kind of went through a bit of a drought period," Delaney admitted.

But the junior came through when it counted most, though if you ask him, it was as much the rest of the Hornets' face-off team.

"The wings played amazing today," he said. "They were just getting all the ground balls, and everyone was doing their jobs."

Delaney snagged a team-high six ground balls, while senior defender Trent Parker (Midlothian, Va.) chipped in five and junior midfielder Nick Willertz (Severn, Md.) added four.

Tied 5-5 at the half, LC used a third-quarter run to gain the advantage and shut the high-powered Roanoke attack out in the final 15 minutes of the game to secure the title.

"We brought our intensity up, not in the form of anger and heat but in staying with the game plan and making smart plays," Delaney said of the adjustments at halftime.

Lynchburg got a four-goal, one-assist effort from sophomore attackman Trammel Robinson (Memphis, Tenn.), and junior attackman Logan Adams (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) added two goals and two assists.

Lynchburg snatched the momentum early in the game on a score by Adams just 53 seconds into the game. Roanoke tied the game quickly, and the two teams remained knotted at a goal apiece until the 8:05 mark.

LC retook the lead at that point, when junior attackman Evan Lombardo (Franklin Park, Md.) scooped up a loose ball and found senior midfielder Colin McGuire (Odenton, Md.) for a goal that put LC ahead, 2-1. Roanoke scored with 1:20 remaining in the period to tie the game, 2-2, after a quarter of play.

RC made it a 3-0 run with a pair of man-up goals early in the second, but Lynchburg counter-punched with three of the next four goals, two by Robinson and one by freshman midfielder Riley Schmidt (Catonsville, Md.) as the teams ended the first half tied, 5-5.

Out of the break, Robinson put Lynchburg ahead for good with a goal at the 12:36 mark, assisted by Adams, and the two traded places 30 seconds later to double the lead. LC made it a 3-0 run just 16 seconds after that when Delaney scooped up the ground ball after the face-off and scored, unassisted. LC held the three-goal lead, trading goals with the Maroons for an 11-8 advantage headed into the final period.

Lynchburg's defense locked Roanoke down in the final stanza and added insurance in the form of goals by senior midfielder Eric Corella (Ashburn, Va.) and Lombardo.

The Hornets are now 8-2 since the start of April and by all accounts played their best lacrosse of the season over the weekend.

"I think we were just ready to go," Santora said. "I can't explain it, because it's the same guys."

For Lynchburg, Delaney, McGuire, junior defender Matt Meadows (Lynchburg, Va.), and Santora earned all-tournament team honors.

Lynchburg (12-8) will learn its road to the NCAA championship when the bracket is announced Sunday, May 6 at 9 p.m. on www.ncaa.com. The Hornets will be in the field for the seventh-straight year.

 

2018 ODAC MEN'S LACROSSE ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

Drew Barnard, Washington and Lee
Hunter Brown, Hampden-Sydney
John Burke, Hampden-Sydney
Conn Curry, Roanoke
Ian Davies, Roanoke
Bo Delaney, Lynchburg
Jock Hodgson, Washington and Lee
Colin McGuire, Lynchburg
Matt Meadows, Lynchburg
CJ Santora, Lynchburg
IV Stucker, Roanoke

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No Event
No Event
Tue Oct 23
10th/18
at O'Briant-Jensen Memorial, Sedgefield CC, Dye Course, Greensboro, N.C. - Day 2
Tue Oct 23
Final
4 No. 10 Lynchburg
0 at Shenandoah
Tue Oct 23
Final - 2OT
2 No. 15 Lynchburg
2 at Va. Wesleyan
Wed Oct 24
Final
3 Lynchburg
1 at Va. Wesleyan
Wed Oct 24
Final
3 Lynchburg
0 at Guilford
Fri Oct 26
Final
6 No. 6 South Carolina
2 Lynchburg
Fri Oct 26
Final
1 Randolph
3 Lynchburg
Senior Night/CODE RED Match -- Rescheduled from Sept. 15
Fri Oct 26
Final
3 Southern Virginia
2 Lynchburg
Senior Night
Sat Oct 27
vs. ODAC Championships
@ Winchester, Va.
Sat Oct 27
6th/8
at Bridgewater IHSA
Sat Oct 27
Final
1 Washington and Lee
4 Lynchburg
Senior Day | CODE RED Game
Sat Oct 27
Final
0 Ferrum
4 No. 15 Lynchburg
Senior Night
Sun Oct 28
Final
0 Randolph
3 No. 10 Lynchburg
Game 4 - ODAC Quarterfinals
Wed Oct 31
Final - 2OT
1 Washington and Lee
2 No. 15 Lynchburg
Game 5 - ODAC Quarterfinals
Wed Oct 31
Final
1 Lynchburg
3 at Bridgewater (Va.)
Match 4 - ODAC Quarterfinals
Fri Nov 02
Final
1 Roanoke
3 Lynchburg
Game 3 - ODAC Semifinals
Fri Nov 02
Final - OT
0 Washington and Lee
1 vs. Shenandoah
@ Lynchburg, Va. Game 4 - ODAC Semifinals
Sat Nov 03
7th/8
at Randolph IHSA
Sat Nov 03
2:00 PM
Concord
vs. Lynchburg
@ Exhibition
Sat Nov 03
Final
5 No. 16 Lynchburg
1 vs. Randolph-Macon
@ Bridgewater, Va. Game 7 - ODAC Semifinals
Sat Nov 03
Final
1 Bridgewater (Va.)
0 No. 10 Lynchburg
Game 7 - ODAC Semifinals
Sat Nov 03
Final
2 Shenandoah
7 Lynchburg
Game 5 - ODAC Championship
Sun Nov 04
Final
0 Va. Wesleyan
3 vs. No. 16 Lynchburg
@ Bridgewater, Va. Game 8 - ODAC Championship
Wed Nov 07
Final
1 No. 20 Denison
3 Lynchburg
NCAA Division III Tournament -- First Round
Thu Nov 08
Final
57 Ferrum
75 Lynchburg
Non-Conference Game
Sat Nov 10
Men 6th/Women 7th
vs. NCAA South/Southeast Region Championships
@ Mount Berry, Ga.
Sat Nov 10
7th/8
Lynchburg IHSA
CODE RED Day
Sat Nov 10
Final
0 Lynchburg
1 at No. 3 Rowan
NCAA Division III Tournament - Second Round
Sat Nov 10
Final
1 Piedmont
2 No. 17 Lynchburg
NCAA Division III Tournament - First Round
Sat Nov 10
Final
52 N.C. Wesleyan
80 Lynchburg
Note time change
Sun Nov 11
Final
80 St. Mary's (Md.)
83 Lynchburg
Sun Nov 11
Final
0 No. 22 Emory
2 No. 17 Lynchburg
NCAA Division III Tournament - Second Round
Tue Nov 13
Final
60 Averett
52 Lynchburg
Fri Nov 16
Final
69 Moravian
63 vs. Lynchburg
@ Union, N.J.
Fri Nov 16
Final - PK Away
2 No. 17 Lynchburg
2 vs. No. 2 Messiah
@ Newport News, Va. NCAA Division III Tournament - Third Round
Sat Nov 17
vs. NCAA Division III Championships
@ Winneconne, Wis.
Sat Nov 17
Final - 2OT
79 Lynchburg
83 at Kean
Sat Nov 17
Final
48 Randolph
60 Lynchburg
Sat Nov 17
Final
0 No. 17 Lynchburg
1 at No. 8 Chris. Newport
NCAA Division III Tournament - Quarterfinals
Tue Nov 20
Final
49 Lynchburg
64 at Mary Washington
Sun Nov 25
Final
72 East. Mennonite
87 Lynchburg
Tue Nov 27
Final
68 Lynchburg
60 at Washington and Lee
Wed Nov 28
Final
66 Emory & Henry
87 Lynchburg
Thu Nov 29
Final
55 Lynchburg
58 at Randolph-Macon
Fri Nov 30
vs. Bast-Cregger Invitational
@ Roanoke College, Salem, Va.
Sat Dec 01
vs. Bast-Cregger Invitational
@ Roanoke College, Salem, Va.
Sat Dec 01
Final
48 Randolph
82 vs. No. 22 Chris. Newport
@ Lynchburg, Va. (Turner Gymnasium) Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 1
Sat Dec 01
Final
64 Mary Washington
69 Lynchburg
Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 2
Sun Dec 02
Final
66 Randolph
75 vs. Mary Washington
@ Lynchburg, Va. Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 3
Sun Dec 02
Final
74 Lynchburg
62 at Shenandoah
Sun Dec 02
Final
64 No. 22 Chris. Newport
77 Lynchburg
Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 4 | CODE RED Game
Wed Dec 05
Final
78 No. 22 Lynchburg
82 at Guilford
Wed Dec 05
Final
54 Randolph
80 Lynchburg
Sat Dec 08
Final
78 No. 22 Lynchburg
76 at Methodist
Sat Dec 08
Final
73 Va. Wesleyan
55 Lynchburg
Sun Dec 16
4:00 PM
McDaniel
Lynchburg
Sat Dec 29
2:00 PM
Muskingum
vs. Lynchburg
@ Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C. Guilford Classic
Sat Dec 29
2:00 PM
Chris. Newport
Lynchburg
Lynchburg Holiday Classic
Sun Dec 30
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
vs. Greensboro
@ Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C. Guilford Classic
Sun Dec 30
4:00 PM
Meredith
Lynchburg
Lynchburg Holiday Classic
Tue Jan 01
4:00 PM
Averett
Lynchburg
Sat Jan 05
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
at East. Mennonite
Sat Jan 05
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Shenandoah
Mon Jan 07
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee
Lynchburg
Wed Jan 09
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Emory & Henry
Wed Jan 09
7:00 PM
Hollins
Lynchburg
Sat Jan 12
2:00 PM
Va. Wesleyan
Lynchburg
Sat Jan 12
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Emory & Henry
Wed Jan 16
7:00 PM
Guilford
Lynchburg
Thu Jan 17
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Washington and Lee
Fri Jan 18
vs. VMI Keydet Invitational
@ Lexington, Va.
Sat Jan 19
vs. VMI Keydet Invitational
@ Lexington, Va.
Sat Jan 19
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Bridgewater (Va.)
Sat Jan 19
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at East. Mennonite
Wed Jan 23
7:00 PM
Guilford
Lynchburg
Coaches vs. Cancer Week
Wed Jan 23
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Randolph
Fri Jan 25
vs. Liberty University Kickoff
@ Lynchburg, Va.
Sat Jan 26
vs. Liberty University Kickoff
@ Lynchburg, Va.
Sat Jan 26
2:00 PM
Roanoke
Lynchburg
Alumni Day
Sat Jan 26
4:30 PM
Randolph-Macon
Lynchburg
Alumni Day/Coaches vs. Cancer Week
Wed Jan 30
7:00 PM
Emory & Henry
Lynchburg
Wed Jan 30
7:30 PM
Lynchburg
at Roanoke
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Thu Nov 08
Final
57 Ferrum
75 Lynchburg
Non-Conference Game
Sun Nov 11
Final
80 St. Mary's (Md.)
83 Lynchburg
Sat Nov 17
Final
48 Randolph
60 Lynchburg
Sun Nov 25
Final
72 East. Mennonite
87 Lynchburg
Wed Nov 28
Final
66 Emory & Henry
87 Lynchburg
Sat Dec 01
Final
48 Randolph
82 vs. No. 22 Chris. Newport
@ Lynchburg, Va. (Turner Gymnasium) Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 1
Sat Dec 01
Final
64 Mary Washington
69 Lynchburg
Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 2
Sun Dec 02
Final
66 Randolph
75 vs. Mary Washington
@ Lynchburg, Va. Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 3
Sun Dec 02
Final
64 No. 22 Chris. Newport
77 at Lynchburg
Wayne Proffitt Classic -- Game 4 | CODE RED Game
Wed Dec 05
Final
78 No. 22 Lynchburg
82 at Guilford
Sat Dec 08
Final
78 No. 22 Lynchburg
76 at Methodist
Sun Dec 16
4:00 PM
McDaniel
Lynchburg
Sat Dec 29
2:00 PM
Muskingum
vs. Lynchburg
@ Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C. Guilford Classic
Sun Dec 30
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
vs. Greensboro
@ Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C. Guilford Classic
Tue Jan 01
4:00 PM
Averett
Lynchburg
Sat Jan 05
4:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Shenandoah
Wed Jan 09
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Emory & Henry
Sat Jan 12
2:00 PM
Va. Wesleyan
Lynchburg
Thu Jan 17
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Washington and Lee
Sat Jan 19
6:00 PM
Lynchburg
at East. Mennonite
Wed Jan 23
7:00 PM
Guilford
Lynchburg
Coaches vs. Cancer Week
Sat Jan 26
4:30 PM
Randolph-Macon
Lynchburg
Alumni Day/Coaches vs. Cancer Week
Wed Jan 30
7:30 PM
Lynchburg
at Roanoke
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Sat Nov 03
2:00 PM
Concord
vs. Lynchburg
@ Exhibition
Sat Nov 10
Final
52 N.C. Wesleyan
80 Lynchburg
Note time change
Tue Nov 13
Final
60 Averett
52 Lynchburg
Fri Nov 16
Final
69 Moravian
63 vs. Lynchburg
@ Union, N.J.
Sat Nov 17
Final - 2OT
79 Lynchburg
83 at Kean
Tue Nov 20
Final
49 Lynchburg
64 at Mary Washington
Tue Nov 27
Final
68 Lynchburg
60 at Washington and Lee
Thu Nov 29
Final
55 Lynchburg
58 at Randolph-Macon
Sun Dec 02
Final
74 Lynchburg
62 at Shenandoah
Wed Dec 05
Final
54 Randolph
80 Lynchburg
Sat Dec 08
Final
73 Va. Wesleyan
55 Lynchburg
Sat Dec 29
2:00 PM
Chris. Newport
Lynchburg
Lynchburg Holiday Classic
Sun Dec 30
4:00 PM
Meredith
Lynchburg
Lynchburg Holiday Classic
Sat Jan 05
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
at East. Mennonite
Mon Jan 07
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee
Lynchburg
Wed Jan 09
7:00 PM
Hollins
Lynchburg
Sat Jan 12
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Emory & Henry
Wed Jan 16
7:00 PM
Guilford
Lynchburg
Sat Jan 19
2:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Bridgewater (Va.)
Wed Jan 23
7:00 PM
Lynchburg
at Randolph
Sat Jan 26
2:00 PM
Roanoke
Lynchburg
Alumni Day
Wed Jan 30
7:00 PM
Emory & Henry
Lynchburg
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Tue Oct 23
Final
4 No. 10 Lynchburg
0 at Shenandoah
Sun Oct 28
Final
0 Randolph
3 No. 10 Lynchburg
Game 4 - ODAC Quarterfinals
Sat Nov 03
Final
1 Bridgewater (Va.)
0 No. 10 Lynchburg
Game 7 - ODAC Semifinals
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Tue Oct 23
Final - 2OT
2 No. 15 Lynchburg
2 at Va. Wesleyan
Sat Oct 27
Final
0 Ferrum
4 No. 15 Lynchburg
Senior Night
Wed Oct 31
Final - 2OT
1 Washington and Lee
2 No. 15 Lynchburg
Game 5 - ODAC Quarterfinals
Sat Nov 03
Final
5 No. 16 Lynchburg
1 vs. Randolph-Macon
@ Bridgewater, Va. Game 7 - ODAC Semifinals
Sun Nov 04
Final
0 Va. Wesleyan
3 vs. No. 16 Lynchburg
@ Bridgewater, Va. Game 8 - ODAC Championship
Sat Nov 10
Final
1 Piedmont
2 No. 17 Lynchburg
NCAA Division III Tournament - First Round
Sun Nov 11
Final
0 No. 22 Emory
2 No. 17 Lynchburg
NCAA Division III Tournament - Second Round
Fri Nov 16
Final - PK Away
2 No. 17 Lynchburg
2 vs. No. 2 Messiah
@ Newport News, Va. NCAA Division III Tournament - Third Round
Sat Nov 17
Final
0 No. 17 Lynchburg
1 at No. 8 Chris. Newport
NCAA Division III Tournament - Quarterfinals
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