LYNCHBURG, Va. – Washington and Lee rode a 5-1 stretch across the second and third quarters to an 11-10 victory over eighth-ranked Lynchburg in ODAC men’s lacrosse action on Saturday evening at Shellenberger Field.
Trailing 3-2 late in the first quarter, the Hornets (6-4, 2-1) struck for three straight goals to open a 5-3 lead with 7:30 left in the first half.
W&L (6-5, 4-0) quickly responded to the Lynchburg run, scoring three straight goals across the final 6:48 of the first half to carry a 6-5 lead into the halftime break. Senior midfielder Braden Rhone (Dallas, Texas / Episcopal) got the rally started at the 6:48 mark when he scored off an assist by first-year attackman Hillis Burns (Louisville, Ky. / St. Xavier). Junior attackman Hudson Pokorny (Darien, Conn. / Darien) knotted the game at 5-5 when he found the net off another Burns assist with 1:13 left. Pokorny scored again with just one second remaining to give the Generals the lead.
Lynchburg tied it back up (6-6) just 48 seconds into the third quarter on an unassisted goal by sophomore attackman Jake Rust, but the Generals wrestled the lead back for good when Rhone scored his second goal of the game at the 9:11 mark. Junior midfielder Adam Lamberti (Bel Air, Md. / McDonogh) then scored off a Pokorny assist with 5:06 left in the third quarter to complete the 5-1 run and give W&L an 8-6 lead.
Lynchburg pulled back within a goal (8-7) when senior attackman Ryan Kenney found rope with 4:01 remaining in the third quarter. However, W&L gained additional breathing room early in the fourth quarter when Burns scored back-to-back goals just 14 seconds apart for a 10-7 lead with 13:33 to play.
The three-goal advantage didn’t last long though, as the Hornets got two back less than two minutes later on a pair of goals by junior midfielder Riley Mitchell. His first came at 12:35 and the second occurred at 11:56 to make it a 10-9 game.
Lamberti scored his second goal of the game with 4:42 left to give W&L an 11-9 lead, and the defense made it hold up despite a Lynchburg goal from junior attackman Ian McCarthy with 3:14 remaining.
Lynchburg led the Generals in shots (39-36), while W&L won the ground ball battle (49-35). Each team won 12 faceoffs.
Burns led the Blue & White on the offensive end, totaling a career-high five points on a career-best three goals and two assists. Pokorny registered two goals and two assists, while Lamberti notched two goals and one helper. Rhone added two goals as well. Senior Nick Spagnoletti (Madison, N.J. / Madison) stopped 10 shots while playing the duration in goal.
Lynchburg was led by Mitchell’s three goals and one assist. Rust had two goals and one assist, and McCarthy had two goals. Junior Patrick Moore played the entire game in goal and posted eight saves.
Washington and Lee will be back in action on Wednesday when it travels back to Lynchburg for a 4:00 pm game at Randolph College.