Washington And Lee vs. Lynchburg
April 23, 2002
The Game Story:
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Second-seeded Washington and Lee built a 9-2 halftime lead and held on for a 14-12 win over third-seeded Lynchburg in the semifinals of the ODAC men's lacrosse tournament on Tuesday afternoon at Wilson Field. The Generals (10-3) will travel to top-seeded Hampden-Sydney for the championship game on Saturday at 1:00 pm. The Tigers defeated fourth-seeded Roanoke, 12-10, in the other semifinal contest.

Lynchburg (11-4) opened a 1-0 lead with 12:45 remaining in the first quarter as junior midfielder Paul Venturella (Millersville, Md./Old Mill) scored an extra-man goal off an assist from freshman attackman Billy McCulloch (Annandale, Va./W.T. Woodson). The Generals answered by scoring the game's next eight goals to assume an 8-1 lead with 7:55 remaining in the second quarter. Freshman attackman Gavin Molinelli (Northport, N.Y./Northport), sophomore attackman Matt Fink (Wilmington, Del./Tatnall) and senior attackman Andrew Barnett (Darien, Conn./Darien) all scored two goals during the run. The two teams exchanged goals for a 9-2 W&L lead at the half.

The Generals maintained a 12-6 lead heading into the fourth quarter before the Hornets made things interesting. Venturella opened the quarter with his third goal of the game at the 12:29 mark before W&L sophomore midfielder Mike McNamara (Hunt Valley, Md./Loyola) found the net with 11:14 remaining to make the score 13-7. However, Lynchburg sophomore attackman Brandon Childs (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) scored twice in 1:08 to cut the Generals' lead to 13-9 with 4:13 remaining.

Molinelli gave W&L a five-goal edge 14-9 with an unassisted tally at the 3:58 mark which was answered by LC junior midfielder Kip Campbell (Fork Union, Va./Fork Union Military) just 27 second later. Campbell scored again with 57 seconds remaining to cut the score to 14-11 and McCulloch tallied 18 seconds later to provide the final margin.

W&L was led by by Barnett and Molinelli, who totaled three goals and one assist each. Senior midfielder John Moore (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll) added two goals and two assists. Sophomore Ansel Sanders (Weems, Va./Woodberry Forest) stopped four shots in goal.

Lynchburg was paced by McCulloch, who recorded three goals and three assists. Venturella amassed three goals and one assist, while Campbell tallied three goals. Sophomore goalie Chris Johnson (Chantilly, Va./Centreville) registered 10 saves in goal.

W&L was whistled for nine penalties in the contest which the Hornets turned into four goals.