Roanoke vs. Catawba
April 6, 2003
The Game Story:
Salem, VA--Roanoke College senior Andy Bonasera (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) and junior Kris Davis (Parkton, MD/Hereford) combined for 23 points as the men's lacrosse team defeated Division II Catawba College, 24-13, on Sunday afternoon in Salem, VA. The Maroons, who were playing their second game in as many days, improve to 8-3 on the season, while the Indians, who are winless in three all-time meetings with the Maroons, fall to 5-5.

The game was all but decided after the first 15 minutes of play. The Maroons erupted for 11 first period goals and led 11-3 after the opening quarter of play. Colin Burke (Rancho Santa Fe, CA/Torrey Pines) won the opening face-off to Roanoke wing Ben Love (Berwyn Heights, MD/DeMatha). Love started a Maroon fastbreak and found Burke cutting to the goal in the middle of the field. Burke then gave the Maroons a 1-0 lead just 16 seconds into the contest. Less than minute later Mike Chase (Webster, NY/Webster) scored one of his three first period goals to give RC the 2-0 lead. Catawba's Pat Huskins made the score 2-1 with a goal at 11:35, but the Maroons would score the next eight goals to make the score 10-1. The first three of those eight goals came in a span of just 32 seconds. By the end of the first period, Bonasera had scored four goals and added three assists, while Davis had scored three goals and added one assist.

Roanoke scored seven more times in the second period and at the half owned an 18-7 lead. Mike Miginsky (Waterford, VA/Loudoun Valley), Eddie Jones (Fairfax, VA/Fairfax), and Adam Saunders (Wayne, PA/Conestoga) all scored second period goals. Jones came after he intercepted a Catawba clearing pass. The Maroons outscored the Indians 4-1 in the third period and held a 22-8 lead heading into the fourth period. The Indians closed the gap a bit by outscoring the Maroons 5-2 in the final 15 minutes. Three of Catawba's final four goals came on the extra-man.

At game's end, Bonasera had scored eight goals and added five assists. His 13 points were just one off of the single-game school-record of 14 which he set two seasons ago. Davis finished the day with 11 points on six goals and five assists, while Chase scored four times and added assists on three other Roanoke goals. Josh Maphis scored four times for the Indians, who also got goals from two different defensemen, including David Donohue.

The Maroons return to action on Wednesday with a road game at Guilford College. The Old Dominion Athletic Conference contest begins at 4:00pm in Greensboro, NC.