Koudelka gets 200th win as Hornets Hold on for 10-9 Victory over CC

Austin Stewart Scored a Hat Trick on Sunday
Austin Stewart Scored a Hat Trick on Sunday

For immediate release – 3/16/2014 - #255
Koudelka gets 200th win as Hornets Hold on for 10-9 Victory over CC

LYNCHBURG, VA – The Lynchburg College men's lacrosse team staved off a second-half rally by the visiting Colorado College Tigers on Sunday, to win 10-9 on Shellenberger Field.  The result gave Hornets head coach Steve Koudelka his 200th career victory.

The Hornets came out firing in the first quarter, registering five shots in a little over three minutes.  Tigers' goalie Chase Murphy stopped two of them and got lucky on another, with Todd Galvin's attempt nailing the crossbar.  The next seven minutes of the period saw both teams get opportunities to put the first score on the board, but it was to no avail. 

At 5:33 of the quarter, LC finally broke through with a Campbell Armstrong blast into the cage.  After a Bobby Distler win on the ensuing faceoff, Chris Hower scored quickly to put Lynchburg up 2-0.  However, CC would respond late in the period on a Gray Ritger tally, to cut the lead to one heading into the second period.

Neither team waited as long to get on the scoreboard in the second period, as Austin Stewart scored his first of the day off a feed from Galvin.  A few minutes later, Galvin notched his first, with Luke Ernst getting the assist.  Tyler Allen answered for Colorado to cut the lead to two, but LC would push the lead back up after a series of missed shots.  Three Hornets missed shots that went out of bounds, but Lynchburg retained possession on each.  Austin Murphy finally put one past Murphy on the fourth attempt.

A flurry of goals over the last few minutes sent the Hornets into the half with an 8-3 lead.  Chris Cornelius scored his first of the day off a pass from Armstrong.  Taylor Paul cut the LC advantage again, but Stewart and Murphy both notched their second of the day to push it back up again.

After the intermission, CC proved they would not go quietly.  The Tigers scored their first of the quarter on a Jack Kreitler goal at 9:07.  After an Armstrong slashing penalty, Will Harris scored on the man-advantage with Ritger getting the assist.  Colorado won the next faceoff, and Austin Davie cut the Hornet lead to two with 7:36 remaining.

Once again, Stewart and Murphy responded to complete their respective hat tricks to put the score at 10-6 heading into the fourth.

The last period was much like the third, with Kreitler scoring his second of the day, just two minutes in, with Paul getting the assist.  At 6:31, Dylan Davie got in on the scoring, with Kreitler hitting him for the helper.  A little over a minute later, Allen put all of the Hornet faithful on eggshells, by scoring his second of the game.  It left LC with a one-goal lead over the remaining five minutes.  However, Lynchburg settled down defensively and peppered the Tiger cage with shots until the final horn sounded.

Distler had an excellent day for the Hornets, winning 13 of his 23 faceoff attempts and scooping up a career-high 10 groundballs.  Lynchburg outshot the Tigers 41-23 and had four fewer turnovers in the game.  Kreitler (two goals, one assist) and Ritger (one-two) each led Colorado (3-4 overall) with three points on the afternoon.

Coach Koudelka, in his 18th season as head mentor of the Hornets, has had an impressive career in the post.  He has won three All-State Coach of the Year honors and been named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Coach of the Year four times.

The Hornets (4-2) face a very tough challenge next week, heading to the first-ever Mid-Season Classic, which pits North Region teams against South Region teams.  Lynchburg will play SUNY-Cortland in Owings Mills, MD at 5 p.m. on Friday and then take on Nazareth College at the same time on Saturday.  All four teams, including host Stevenson University, are either ranked or receiving votes in the latest USILA polls.

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