Lynchburg, Va. -- The Lynchburg College golf team bounced back for a pair of wins Saturday at The D3 Match Play to finish 2-2 for the two-day, 72-hole event at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C.
The field contained five of the top 20 teams in the nation, two of which faced off with the Hornets.
The Hornets faced off with No. 18 Rhodes to start Saturday action, winning a tight 3-2 match that senior Josh Irby (Clover, Va.) cinched with birdies on the final two holes to win 1-up. Freshman Josh Petrillo (Leesburg, Va.) and junior Branson Terrell (Lynchburg, Va.) earned more comfortable 3-and-2 and 5-and-4 victories, respectively.
In the afternoon, LC completed a clean 5-0 sweep of Mount St. Joseph highlighted by a huge comeback from sophomore Russell Markley (Remington, Va.). Markley trailed MSJU's Kevin Imhulse by five holes at the turn but erased the deficit with a 1-under front nine to complete the sweep.
Lynchburg got off to a great start in the tournament Friday morning, narrowly falling to Guilford, 3-2, in the tournament's first-round match. Irby took down the top-ranked player in the nation, Quakers sophomore Jacob Mishoe, 3-and-2 in the match, and Terrell also won at No. 4, 5-and-4.
The afternoon wasn't so kind to the Hornets as they fell, 4-1, to another conference foe in Hampden-Sydney. Sophomore Carter Old (Chesapeake, Va.) earned the lone point at No. 3 with a 2-and-1 victory.
Lynchburg heads straight to Williamsburg, Va., to continue tournament play Monday at The Apprentice School's 36-hole Glenn Heath Shipbuilders Memorial at the Williamsburg Golf Club.