Lexington, Va. -- University of Lynchburg's men's lacrosse team erased a late deficit, but Washington and Lee forced a turnover with 11 seconds remaining, and the Generals' John Broderick streaked down the field to score the game-winning goal in transition with 4.7 seconds on the clock to seal an 8-7 victory in Sunday's Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship game.
It was a tale of defense on W&L's Wilson Field as both teams' back lines forced 17 turnovers and upheld scoring droughts of 5 and 18 minutes in the second half.
The Hornets took an early lead on freshman attackman Jack Speers' (Glenview, Ill.) goal just over 5 minutes in, but W&L rallied for a 2-1 lead after the first quarter.
Lynchburg popped off a 4-0 run in the early part of the second period, bookended by a pair of goals from junior attackman Trammel Robinson (Memphis, Tenn.), to take a commanding 5-2 lead. Robinson was the Hornets' only multi-goal scorer of the afternoon.
The Generals cut the lead to 5-4 by halftime, however.
After the break, junior midfielder Kevin Rogers (Leesburg, Va.) put the Hornets ahead by two thanks to an assist from senior attackman Evan Lombardo (Franklin Park, N.J.), but W&L quickly scored to bring the deficit back to one. The Generals capitalized on a man-up opportunity to tie the game, 6-6, with 6:42 remaining in the third.
Neither team would score in the next 18 minutes as both defenses held firm.
The Generals' Garrett Mize broke that drought with his second goal of the game, an unassisted score that put W&L ahead, 7-6, with 3:54 remaining.
Washington and Lee won the ensuing face-off -- the Generals were 15-for-18 at the X on the afternoon -- but Lynchburg's defense forced a shot-clock violation, and the Hornets scored in transition as freshman midfielder Josiah Martin (Lynchburg, Va.) found senior attackman Andrew Thomas (Roswell, Ga.) for the goal.
The Generals again won the face-off, and Lynchburg again forced a turnover. After both teams called timeout, W&L's Evans Alison forced the turnover, Broderick scooped the ground ball and put the top-seeded Generals ahead with 4.7 seconds to go.
It was the first time since 2015 that the host institution has claimed an ODAC men's lacrosse title. Lynchburg won that championship.
The Lynchburg defense held Generals attackman A.J. Witherell scoreless for the first time in three years, breaking the senior's 62-game scoring streak.
Rogers' goal extended his goal-scoring streak to 33 games.
Lynchburg (13-6) will put its hopes toward an NCAA Division III tournament at-large bid when the field is announced at 9 p.m. on NCAA.com. The Hornets were ranked seventh in the latest South Region rankings.