Koudelka, Lynchburg Staff Honor Their Mission
There's a lot of pressure on coaches to win games, even at the Division III level. Much of the pressure comes from within, whether from pride, ego or any number of driving factors, but each game can be a pressure cooker.
Lynchburg head coach Steve Koudelka is no different than others in that respect.
So he wasn't terribly happy during the early stages of Saturday night's Top 10 matchup against Stevenson when the officials signaled that they were taking the Hornets' first goal of the game off the board – no small event, especially considering the game ended with just nine total goals scored.
The Lynchburg marker was wiped because, with both a Hornet player and a Stevenson player serving a penalty, the Lynchburg player mistook the countdown for the Mustang player for his own. He bolted out of the box early and LC scored.
The officials asked the table, staffed by Lynchburg personnel and the final arbiters of what would transpire, what had happened and they laid out the scenario. Members of the home school struck down their own team's goal, potentially imperiling the entire season considering how crucial that night's result could be on Selection Sunday.
At the conclusion of the game, Koudelka strode over to the table members and loomed over them.
"I told them that I was proud they did that," said Koudelka. "I didn't see what happened, but that's what their job is there. We have very competent people in that position and I think it was kind of neat that they made the right call."
Koudelka was obviously in pretty good spirits since his team had just won the game, 6-3, which led to the Hornets zooming up to No. 6 in the country. And we probably shouldn't have to celebrate an instance of table members both a) doing their job, and b) telling the truth.
There doesn't need to be an award ceremony for the table crew and Koudelka doesn't deserve any coach of the year votes for his handling of the situation, but it's comforting to recognize when individuals understand that the most important part about collegiate athletics is to teach life lessons.
In this case, Lynchburg College and its lacrosse team fulfilled its mission.