Vmi vs. Marist
April 17, 2004
The Game Story:
Lexington, Va. -- The Marist men's lacrosse team rallied from a 5-1 second quarter deficit to defeat VMI, 8-6 at an unseasonably hot Patchin Field on Saturday afternoon. The Red Fox rally came true in spite of the fact that the Keydets outshot them, 15-9 in the second half.

After allowing the first goal of the game, the Keydets (0-9, 0-6 MAAC) scored the final three goals of the first quarter and first two goals of the second quarter (in a span of 7:02) to take a 5-1 lead with 10:02 left in the second quarter. The four-goal lead, which was VMI's largest of the season, was made possible partially by the efforts of junior midfielder Erik Rohrmann (Ridgefield, Conn./ Ridgefield), who scored two goals in the span and sophomore attackman Robert Trimble (Oak Hill, Va./ Oakton), who netted three assists in the run.

The Red Foxes (7-4, 5-0 MAAC) responded by scoring the final three goals of the half. All three were scored by freshman midfielder Keith Detelj, including an unassisted goal with just 26 ticks left in the half.

Marist sophomore midfielder Billy Duerr knotted the game at 5-5, scoring an unassisted goal with 8:14 left in the third quarter. The Keydets then retook the lead when junior midfielder Dan Pearsall (Davidsonville, Md./ South River) scored his first goal of the season just 33 seconds later.

Trailing, 6-5, Detelj reasserted himself, scoring two of Marist's final three goals in the fourth quarter. The Red Foxes shutout the Keydets in the fourth quarter en route to the two-goal win.

Marist sophomore goalkeeper Steve Gravino came up big in the second half, making 10 of his 12 saves in the game. Gravino made six saves in the third quarter. VMI sophomore goalkeeper Kelley DeNeen (Novi, Mich./ Novi) made eight saves, including six in the first half in his first career start.

Detelj led the Red Foxes in scoring with five goals. Trimble led the Keydets with three assists. Rohrmann netted two goals. VMI did win the face-off battle, as the Keydets won 11 of 18 tilts. Sophomore Tony Cavalero (Annandale, Va./ Annandale) won of 11 of his 17 chances.

VMI will travel to Providence College next Saturday for a tilt with the Friars at 2 p.m. Marist will play at Providence on Tuesday at 3 p.m.