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Luke Heinsohn's OT goal lifts the Generals into the ODAC lacrosse championship game.
John Wimmer | Special to The Roanoke Times
Washington and Lee’s Cameron Dabir drives with the ball during the Generals’ 7-6 win over Lynchburg on Saturday.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Even if you’re Luke Heinsohn, it’s hard to top a walk-off goal with an NCAA Tournament bid on the line.
What would be close?
“A game-winning field goal against Hampden-Sydney?” the Washington and Lee senior asked.
Clearly, Heinsohn is a guy with high standards.
Heinsohn, whose overtime goal had lifted W&L past then-No. 1 Salisbury in February, scored with 1:50 elapsed in overtime Saturday as the Generals rallied for a 7-6 victory over Lynchburg College in men’s lacrosse.
“This and that were probably my two biggest lacrosse goals,” Heinsohn said.
The Generals, a 9-8 loser to Lynchburg in the regular season, advanced to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship game against host Roanoke College at 3 p.m.
The winner will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament and, while there have been occasions when a second ODAC team has received a bid, that has never been assured, particularly for a semifinal loser.
In all likelihood, a loss Saturday would have ended Heinsohn’s career.
“Probably,” he said. “There was a lot on the line today and both teams knew it.”
In the first Lynchburg game, the Hornets had trailed 8-2 before scoring the last seven goals in Lexington.
“That one hurt a lot,” Heinsohn said. “That was in overtime, too, and we didn’t want the same thing to happen this time.”
Heinsohn, a midfielder in lacrosse, was a running back and place-kicker for the W&L football team and his 188 points were the high in the NCAA this season,
“He is a big-play guy,” W&L men’s lacrosse coach Gene McCabe said. “Doesn’t matter what sport. Doesn’t matter what time of year. At the end of the day, he’s going to find a way to get it done for you.”
Heinsohn’s goal came 36 seconds after a Generals’ timeout.
“I’m trying to think what we’d called there,” said Heinsohn, who had scored an earlier goal in the first quarter. “We’d called a different play. [The game-winner] wasn’t our first look but after the first look, you’ve just got to play ball.”
Said McCabe: “Those timeouts are to settle them down more than anything.”
Until Heinsohn’s winning goal, the defenses had dominated play. Neither team scored a man-up goal, with W&L going 0 for 5 and the Hornets going 0 for 6.
“This was a just a testament to our team’s grit and toughness and determination,” McCabe said. “Lynchburg College has an outstanding program and we knew we would have to be at our best to beat them.”
Campbell Armstrong, who had scored the game-winner in the first W&L-Lynchburg game, was the only two-goal scorer Saturday for the Hornets (12-5).
Heinsohn said he could not remember ever having games on back-to-back days during his W&L career, but he didn’t feel that energy would be lacking against a Roanoke team that beat the Generals 9-8 on the same field two weeks ago.
The Generals don’t know if they’re in a win-or-else situation with the NCAA bids to be handed out today at 10 p.m.
“To get closer to an NCAA bid, today’s game had to be our best effort,” MCabe said. “I think we have a — what’s the phrase, a body of work? — that makes a very strong argument.”
Of course, a title would end all the suspense for the Generals.
“We won two championships in football,” Heinsohn said, “and that’s what we’re trying to do here.”
Washington & Lee 2 1 2 1 1 — 7
Lynchburg 2 2 1 1 0 — 6
Goals— W&L: Dabir 3, Heinsohn 2, Goldman, Means; LC: Armstrong 2, Davey, Sweet, Stewart, Ohrem. Assists— W&L: Brown, Dabir, Goldman, Heinsohn, Mitchell; LC: Ohrem, Curran, Galvin, Murphy. Saves— W&L: Berenis 6; LC: Davey 9
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