Owings Mills, Md. -- The 19th-ranked University of Lynchburg's men's lacrosse team erased a two-goal, fourth-quarter deficit against seventh-ranked Wesleyan (Conn.), but the defending NCAA Division III champions scored with 2:06 remaining to cement a 9-8 win in the Hornets' finale at Stevenson's Mustang Classic Saturday evening.
Junior attackman Colin Dean (Havre de Grace, Md.) notched his first-career hat trick in the contest and added two assists, while junior midfielder Kevin Rogers (Leesburg, Va.) added a two-goal, one-assist effort.
Lynchburg out-shot the Cardinals, 44-26, but won just nine of 21 face-offs.
Final: No. 7 Wesleyan (Conn.) 9, No. 19 Lynchburg 8
Records: No. 7 Wesleyan (Conn.) 5-1, No. 19 Lynchburg 4-4
Venue: Mustang Stadium, Stevenson University, Owings Mills, Md.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The first quarter was a defensive battle as Wesleyan's Carter Hawthorne scored the only goal of the period, an unassisted score 5:37 into the contest.
Wesleyan took a 2-0 lead early in the second, but senior attackman Evan Lombardo (Franklin Park, N.J.) and junior attackman Trammel Robinson (Memphis, Tenn.) kept the Hornets in the game with goals of their own. The Cardinals led, 4-2, at half.
The Cardinals scored early in the third, but Lynchburg stormed back with three straight goals as Dean assisted Rogers, sophomore midfielder Tye Mitchell (Woodbine, Md.) found the net, and Dean scored, unassisted, to tie the score, 5-5, with 9:12 left in the third. Wesleyan scored again at the 7:21 mark to take a 6-5 lead into the final period of play.
With Wesleyan leading 8-6 midway through the fourth, Dean scored twice, assists going to Rogers and Robinson, to tie the game at 8 with 4:58 to play.
Hawthorne put the Cardinals ahead with the final score of the game with 2:06 to go.
The Hornets forced a turnover with 54 seconds remaining and cleared the ball, but a late turnover sealed the game for the defending national champions.
Lynchburg will return home to make its Old Dominion Athletic Conference home debut against crosstown rival Randolph Saturday, March 23 in a 7 p.m. contest. The Hornets' game will benefit the HEADstrong Foundation.