NCAA Second Round Preview: Hornets Headed to Washington College on Saturday

Aaron Murphy, Campbell Armstrong and Todd Galvin after a goal
Aaron Murphy, Campbell Armstrong and Todd Galvin after a goal

For immediate release – 5/8/2014 - #363
NCAA Second Round Preview: Hornets Headed to Washington College on Saturday

LYNCHBURG, VA – With the conclusion of first round play in the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Tournament, Lynchburg College will head to Maryland to take on Washington College, in the fourth meeting between the two schools.  The game will be an afternoon affair, with the first faceoff set for 1 p.m.

The Hornets were convincing first round winners over Sewanee University on Wednesday, defeating the Tigers 25-4.  The Southern Athletic Association regular-season champions were no match for the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) co-regular season and tournament champions.  LC scored nine goals in the first nine minutes of the game to take a controlling lead which was never relinquished.  Todd Galvin and Austin Stewart combined for 11 goals in the game, and it gives Stewart 19 goals in his past four games.

WAC had a little more trouble with Eastern University in its first round game.  After entering halftime with a narrow 4-3 lead, the Shoreman took over in the second stanza, outscoring their visitors 9-3, and finishing with a 13-6 win.  Sid Looney scored four goals for the Centennial Conference Champions and Hunter Nowicki tallied two goals and four assists in the game.  The real story for the victors came between the pipes as Ted DiSalvo stopped 15 shots and the team finished with 17 overall.

The two teams faced four common opponents on the year, and ended with almost exactly the same results.  Both teams lost to the top seed in the South Region, Salisbury University, but both schools defeated Washington and Lee University, Gettysburg College, and Franklin & Marshall College earlier in the year.  Included in the results were three-goal victories over F&M.

One of the best battles in the game will come at the 'X'.  WAC faceoff specialist Michael Trapp has the seventh-best win percentage in the nation, but he missed the first round game against Eastern.  His replacement, Raymond Circo, won 12 of 16 attempts in the game.  Top Hornet faceoff man Bobby Distler has also missed time of late, with Harrison Brennan taking over the starting role.  Distler has won 56% of his attempts this year, with Brennan at a 52% clip.

While two of the meetings between the schools happened in the early 80's, the last one came more recently.  It was during the 2008 NCAA Tournament, when current assistant coach Chris Perzinski was an All-American defenseman for the Hornets.  The game also came in the round of 16, and the Shoreman edged out a 12-9 victory on the Sunday after Lynchburg graduation.

Here are some of the important links for the game.

Directions to Washington College: http://washingtoncollegesports.com/insideAthletics/visitor/index

Live Stats: http://washingtoncollegesports.com/sports/mlax/live_stats

Video: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/washcoll.portal#

Ticket prices will be:

Adults - $5
College Students with valid ID - $3
Children Under 12/Seniors - $3
Children Under 2 – Free

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