LYNCHBURG - Based on their regional ranking and their resume, Lynchburg lacrosse coach Steve Koudelka was not overly worried about being left out of the NCAA Division III Lacrosse Tournament.
Sunday night Koudelka, as a member of the selection committee, knew that his team was in the tournament when the web-based broadcast began at 10 p.m. on NCAA.com. He did not share that knowledge with his players though.
"The way the bracket was listed we were the second to last game so they had to sweat it out through all the other pool Cs and then they showed Lynchburg and everyone stood up and was clapping and going nuts and that was really neat to see. Those are things you remember as a coach," he said.
The Hornets loss to Washington & Lee in overtime Saturday eliminated their chance of earning an automatic berth to the field of 29 teams.
Despite the loss they earned an at-large bid and will host St. Mary's (MD) Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Two other ODAC teams qualified as well and are in the same section of the bracket as LC. Roanoke will host Centre (KY) Wednesday at 4 p.m. W & L will host Sewanee (TN) Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Koudelka said his guys played as hard as they had all year in the loss to W & L but his team has to execute better in the tournament. "The mistakes mean more and the great plays mean a lot more [in the postseason]. If our best players play great games I like our chances," he said Monday afternoon before practice.
Under Koudelka the Hornets have made the tournament seven times. This is the second year in a row they've made the postseason.