Mary Washington vs. Roanoke
February 22, 2005
The Game Story:
Fredericksburg, VA-- The Roanoke College men's lacrosse team, ranked
nationally in three different Division III preseason polls, opened
its 2005 season with a 15-6 road win over the Eagles of the
University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. The game was the
first ever meeting between the two programs.

The Eagles opened up the game's scoring with a goal just 1:06 into
the contest. The Maroons battled back to score the final four goals
of the first quarter to take the 4-1 after one. Sophomore Jon Mason
(Orangeville, ONT, Canada/Orangeville), who led the Maroons with 41
goals last season, got Roanoke's first score of the new year, scoring
off of a long lead pass from junior Chris Keating (Chatham,
NJ/Chatham). Freshman Zack Thomas (Bel Air, MD/St. Paul's) put the
Maroons up for good on his first college goal, that with 12:48 left
in the first quarter. Fellow first year player Billy Cameron (Salem,
VA/Salem) gave the Maroons a 3-1 lead and Mason put the visitors up
4-1 before the end of the first.

The Eagles cut the Maroon lead to two with the first goal of the
second quarter, but freshman Matt Duke (Westminster, MD/Westminster)
again put the Maroons up by three, 5-2, with his first college score
with 12:07 left in the second. Keating then scored off of a Pat
Hurley (Amherst, MA/Amherst) assist and the Maroons owned a 6-2 edge.
With the Maroons holding a 7-3 lead late in the second, the Eagles
scored with just 2.3 seconds left in the half to make the Maroon lead
7-4 at intermission.

The third quarter belonged to Roanoke goalie Matt Madalon (Darien,
CT/ Darien) who made seven saves in the quarter alone. The Maroons
were outshot 14-4 in the quarter, but Madalon stopped seven shots
while allowing just one goal. In the time Madalon was dictating play
on the defensive end of the field, the Maroon offense tallied twice,
goals from Keating and Mason, and after 45 minutes of game action
Roanoke owned a 9-5 lead.

The Maroon offense then put the game out of the Eagles' reach,
scoring six of the seven goals in the fourth quarter. Duke opened the
fourth quarter scoring with a goal 29 seconds in, but the Eagles
matched the score just over a minute later. Duke again had an answer,
making a move from the right side of the box to the left side and
sticking in a 15-yard shot. Mason then scored two straight goals,
Adam Leahy (Cohasset, MA/Williston-Northampton) got his first of the
season and Keating closed the scoring with just about a minute to
play. On Leahy's score, Roanoke defenseman Rich Li (Dix Hills,
NY/Half Hollow Hills East) earned an assist.

Mason finished the game with six goals for the Maroons, while Keating
led all scorers with three goals and four assists. Thomas scored once
and added three assists, while Duke had three points, all on goals.
Freshman Scott Pattison (Seattle, WA/Canterbury) also had one assist.
Madalon finished the day with 15 stops, the seven in the third, four
in the second, three in the first, and one in the final quarter.

The Maroon defense played well while down a man. The Maroon man-down
defense allowed just one goal in seven Mary Washington chances,
stopping the final six the Eagles had. The RC man-up unit scored on
its lone opportunity, Thomas' goal in the first period.

The Maroons, who are ranked 15th, 12th, and 13th in the nation, will
next be in action on Saturday afternoon in a game against the Sea
Hawks of St. Mary's (MD) College. The game will be Roanoke's first
home contest of the season and will be a rematch of last season's RC
vs. SMC game which saw the Maroons win 13-5 in St. Mary's City, MD.