Armstrong’s Rocket wins it in Double-Overtime

Armstrong’s Rocket wins it in Double-Overtime

For immediate release – 4/12/2014 - #321
Armstrong's Rocket wins it in Double-Overtime

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA – Campbell Armstrong scored at the 3:09 mark of the second overtime to give the #10 Lynchburg College men's lacrosse team a 7-6 victory over Hampden-Sydney College on Saturday.  LC was outscored 6-4 after the first period, but managed to hold on for the important Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) win.

The Hornets dominated the first quarter and it started it at the first faceoff.  Harrison Brennan won the opener and scored his first career goal seven seconds in.  Aaron Murphy then scored his first goal of the game at 10:12 off a feed from Dane Angell.  Angell tallied one of his own 30 seconds later to give LC a 3-0 lead.  H-SC had many opportunities throughout the rest of the period, but Lynchburg goalie Andrew Fawkes made three saves and the rest of the defense held on.

In the second, the Tigers finally got on the board after maintaining possession for the first minute until Abbot Wallenborn put a shot in the back of the net.  The two teams then combined for seven turnovers before another Fawkes save occurred at 3:28.  LC cleared the ball and Chris Hower fired in a shot 10 seconds later, to give Lynchburg a three-goal lead at the half.

The Tigers controlled parts of the game following the intermission.  Ned Bowden cut into the lead at 11:11, which was quickly answered by Thomas Rodenhouse.  Hampden-Sydney scored three goals in a span of three minutes in the middle of the quarter, with Mike Funk, James Hughes, and Wallenborn each adding to the scoreboard in that time.  H-SC had a few more opportunities, with three shots missing goal and one being stopped by Fawkes as the game went into the fourth tied.

In the fourth, Austin Stewart scored for his fourth-straight goal less than two minutes in and gave Lynchburg the lead back.  Neither team got anything else until 5:43 when Hughes scored his second of the game to tie it up.  It would be the final goal of regulation.

In the first overtime period, both teams had their chances, but the goalies were up for the challenge.   David Noftsinger made two stops and Fawkes made one of his own, with his coming with only 10 seconds on the clock.

After H-SC won the opening faceoff, there was a scramble for a loose ball.  Luke Ernst came up with groundball and immediately cleared the ball.  Stewart fired a shot but it went wide of the goal, but the Hornets maintained possession.  After working the ball around, Armstrong received a pass from David Alyanakian and launched it into the back of the net for the win.

Hughes had three points (two goals, one assist) for the Tigers (7-5 overall, 5-1 ODAC) who lost their first conference game.  Casey Bendall picked up four groundballs and caused two turnovers, while Noftsinger made 10 stops in the loss.

Lynchburg had 16 turnovers in the game compared to nine for Hampden-Sydney.  However, LC picked up 36 groundballs to 19 for the Tigers.  Brennan led the Hornets with 11 groundballs, as he dominated the faceoff 'X', winning 14 of 18 chances.  Jon Gill and Ernst scooped up five and four groundballs respectively.

Lynchburg (9-4, 4-1) returns home on Wednesday as part of a men's and women's double-header.  The women's team will take on Guilford College and the men's team will take on Washington and Lee University (8-4, 5-0) in a very important ODAC clash.

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