Roanoke vs. Bowdoin
March 13, 2003
The Game Story:
SALEM, VA--Senior Andy Bonasera (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) scored five goals, including three straight to open the fourth quarter, to lead the Roanoke College men's lacrosse team to an 11-8 win over visiting Bowdoin College on Thursday afternoon in Salem, VA. The Maroons, the nation's 20th ranked team in the USILA Division III national poll, improve to 3-0 on the year, while the 14th ranked Polar Bears fall to 1-1. Roanoke improves to 2-0 all-time versus it's Maine opponent.

Tied at seven heading into the fourth quarter, the game was decided in the first 3:19 of the final 15 minutes of play, as Bonasera scored three straight goals to give the Maroons a 10-7 lead. Two of the goals were unassisted tallies on which the attackman made one-on-one moves from behind the cage. The other goal was a man-up score off of an assist from freshman Chris Keating (Chatham, NJ/Chatham). The Maroons were able to run a lot of time off of the clock over the next eight minutes. The Polar Bears were able to cut Roanoke's lead to two, 10-8, on a fastbreak goal from Vinay Kashyap with 57 seconds left. The Maroons added a goal with just five ticks left to leave the score as 11-8.

Bonasera opened the game's scoring, netting a goal just 18 seconds into the contest, another unassisted goal. The Polar Bears, however, would take a 3-1 lead with three consecutive goals. Kyle Courtiss took two straight feeds from Connor Fitzgerald to make the score 2-1 in Bowdoin's favor with 11:19 to go in the first. After Ted Scholhamer made the score 3-1 in BC's favor, Roanoke's Dan Reed (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) made the score 3-2 after one.

Roanoke scored three consecutive goals to start the second, one from Reed, one from Keating, and one from Jeff Pattison (Mercer Island, WA/Mercer Island) to take a 5-3 lead. Courtiss assisted on a Phil Stern goal with 8:22 to go and Scholhamer tied the score at five with 8:08 to play with a tally off of a face-off win. The two teams went into half tied at five.

The third period belonged to the Maroon offense, but thanks to a stellar effort from goalie Grant White, Bowdoin was able to play Roanoke to a 2-2 tie. The Maroons outshot Bowdoin, 19-8, in the third period, but White came up with seven saves to keep his team in it. Both teams scored man-up goals in the third and each got two scores, setting up Bonasera's game-clinching play in the fourth.

Bonasera finished the day with five goals and an assist, while Reed scored twice and added one helper. Joe Weeren (Winchester, MA/Winchester) had a goal and an assist as well for RC. Tim Morse (Santa Fe, NM/Tabor) made 12 stops in the contest, eight in the middle two periods.

Courtiss, Scholhamer, and Kashyap each had two goals for the Polar Bears, with Courtiss adding an assist. With his outstanding third quarter, White finished thee game with 14 saves for Bowdoin.

The Maroons are back in action on Sunday at Salisbury at 1:00pm. The game was originally schedule to be played at Archbishop Curly but field conditions forced the move to Salisbury.