Vmi vs. Siena
April 19, 2003
The Game Story:
Lexington, Va. -- Down 4-3 at halftime, the VMI lacrosse team (4-7, 4-3 MAAC) used a six-goal third quarter to defeat Siena (1-10, 1-6 MAAC) at an overcast and damp Patchin Field on Saturday afternoon. The Keydets were paced by a pair of sophomore midfielders: Erik Rohrmann (Ridgefield, Conn./ Ridgefield) and Gabe McCaig (Painted Post, N.Y./ Corning West) who combined for seven goals in the victory on senior day. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for VMI and a six-game streak in which the Keydets played in games decided by one goal.

The teams played an even (2-2) first quarter and the Saints won the second quarter (2-1) to take a 4-3 lead into the halftime break.

VMI then exploded for six goals in the third stanza, behind the strength of five different goal scorers to take a 9-5 lead at the end of the third quarter. Junior attackman Leo McInerney (Syracuse, N.Y./ Marcellus) scored two goals in the final 2:48 of the quarter to push the two-goal lead to four.

The fourth quarter saw both teams score three goals, with Rohrmann scoring two of his quartet of goals in the final 10 minutes of the game as VMI preserved the four-goal victory.

Rohrmann led the Keydets in scoring with a career-high four goals. McCaig scored three goals and notched an assist. The Saints were led by junior attackman Daniel Wolpert, who scored two goals and notched two assists. Both teams featured six different goal scorers.

VMI senior goalkeeper Brian Ward (Novi, Mich./ Novi) made eight saves in his final game at Patchin Field. Siena's freshman John Bamford made nine saves on the day.

"It is simply fantastic to be involved in a game that is not decided by one goal," said VMI head coach Doug Bartlett. "We have come down to a one-game season at Mount St. Mary's. We win and we're in the tournament."

VMI will conclude its regular season next Saturday at Mount St. Mary's, with a 2 p.m. face-off. A win would clinch a spot in the following weekend's MAAC Tournament for the Keydets, who could still get in with a Wagner victory over Canisius next Saturday. Siena will play host to Albany on Tuesday at 1 p.m.