Lynchburg, Va. -- University of Lynchburg's men's lacrosse team rolled into the third round of the NCAA Division III tournament Wednesday with a 15-5 drubbing of Transylvania on Shellenberger Field.
It is the fifth time in the last seven years that the Hornets, currently ranked No. 19 in the nation, have won an NCAA tournament game.
Senior attackmen Evan Lombardo (Franklin Park, N.J.) and Andrew Thomas (Roswell, Ga.) led the way for Lynchburg, each notching a hat trick in the game. Lombardo added a pair of assists, as did junior attackman Colin Dean (Havre de Grace, Md.), who scored twice as well.
Senior goalie Patrick Cornelius (Potomac, Md.) made nine saves in the net.
That advantage helped the Hornets start hot, scoring twice in the opening minute of play. Dean scored unassisted off the opening face just 46 seconds into the game, and Delaney won the ensuing face-off and scored 7 seconds later to put Lynchburg up 2-0.
Just over 2 minutes later, Dean found Lombardo for the Hornets' next score, and Lynchburg cruised to a 7-0 lead after the first quarter of play.
Goals from senior midfielder Rivington Lambert (Lake Wylie, S.C.), freshman attackman Kyle Lewis (Suwanee, Ga.) and senior midfielder Nick Willertz (Severn, Md.) extended Lynchburg's lead to 10-1 with 5:49 until halftime, but the Pioneers (14-5) scored twice late in the half to cut the deficit to 10-3 at the break.
Thomas kicked off the Hornets' second-half scoring to complete his hat trick, and Lynchburg extended its lead to 13-3 after three quarters.
Robinson and Lombardo put an exclamation point on the contest with goals in the final five minutes.
Lynchburg moves on to the NCAA's third round, where the Hornets will travel to No. 2 Salisbury on Saturday, May 11. The Sea Gulls ousted SUNY Maritime from the tournament in their second-round game Wednesday.
A game time has not been finalized at this time. Check back with LynchburgSports.com or follow Lynchburg athletics on social media for the latest on Lynchburg men's lacrosse and all Hornets postseason activity.