Hampden-sydney vs. Washington And Lee
April 27, 2002
The Game Story:
FARMVILLE, Va. -- The second-seeded Washington and Lee men's lacrosse team earned the Old Dominion Athletic Conference's automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament with an 8-3 victory at top-seeded Hampden-Sydney on Saturday afternoon in the ODAC Championship game.

The Generals assumed a 1-0 lead at the 12:30 mark of the first quarter as sophomore midfielder Dustin Martin (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) tallied an unassisted goal. However, the Tigers, ranked third in the country, responded with goals by senior attackman John Neal (Richmond, Va./St. Christopher's) and junior midfielder Phil Dick (Salem, Va./Salem) to grab a 2-1 lead at the end of the first period.

W&L, ranked seventh in the latest Division III national poll, rattled off four unanswered goals in the second quarter to claim a 5-2 halftime advantage. Martin netted W&L's first two goals of the quarter, while senior midfielder John Moore (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll School) scored the General's final two goals of the second stanza. Freshman attackman Gavin Molinelli (Northport, N.Y./Northport) and sophomore attackman Matt Fink (Wilmington, Del./Tatnall) registered one assist each in the second period.

After the two teams exchanged one goal apiece in the third period, the Generals put the game out of reach with two fourth quarter tallies to provide the final margin. Fink netted his team-high 32nd goal of the season with 10:47 to play off an assist from senior attackman Andrew Barnett (Darien, Conn./Darien) and sophomore midfielder Mike McNamara (Hunt Valley, Md./Loyola) registered the game's final goal off an assist from Fink with 3:13 left.

Martin concluded the game with four goals, while Fink scored one goal and dished out two assists. Barnett recorded two assists and sophomore Ansel Sanders (Weems, Va./Woodberry Forest) posted 10 saves in goal.

Hampden-Sydney (13-2) sophomore goalkeeper Jeremy Bull (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft) registered 13 saves between the pipes.

For the game, W&L outshot the Tigers, 33-31, but the Tigers collected 40 ground balls compared to 37 for W&L.

The victory for the Generals comes in the inaugural ODAC Men's Lacrosse Tournament and also broke the Tigers 13-game winning streak which was the longest in the nation.

Washington and Lee (11-3) will now wait until the brackets are announced for the NCAA Division III Tournament to find out its next opponent.