Roanoke vs. Cortland State
March 15, 2006
The Game Story:
SALEM, VA--The Roanoke College men’s lacrosse team upset #4 Cortland State University 9-7 on Wednesday afternoon in Salem, VA. The Maroons, ranked 10th in the nation, improve to 4-2 with the victory while the Red Dragons fall to 1-1 overall. The Roanoke win snapped a three-game Cortland winning streak in the series. Roanoke’s last win against the Red Dragons came during the 1998 season.

The Maroons took immediate control of Wednesday’s game, scoring the first five goals. Senior Ryan Wilkerson opened the scoring, taking a weak-side pass from Zack Thomas. Wilkerson put one fake on the Cortland goalie and was able to score. Brendan Moore and Thomas scored on similar plays to give the Maroons a 3-0 lead after one.

Chaz Carlson scored an unassisted goal, coming from behind the cage, and Pat Hurley found himself open on the crease and scored off of a Matt Duke pass and the Maroons owned a 5-0 lead with 6:30 showing on the first half clock. Off of the ensuing face-off, after Hurley’s score, Cortland’s Josh Cittadino gained possession, moved the ball to Ryan Heath who then found Kyle Lambert for a goal just seven seconds later. That score was the first of four straight for the Red Dragons.

Ryan Simensky dove from behind the cage and stuffed the ball into the net on a Cortland man-advantage and the score was 5-2 with 5:29 left. Tim Castoro was the benefactor of a bad bounce on a loose ball situation and found himself in on Roanoke keeper Matt Madalon alone. The goal brought Cortland to within two. Mike Felice then tallied with 2:51 left in the half and Roanoke’s lead was just one, 5-4.

It appeared as if the game would go into halftime at that score, but with just 5.5 seconds left, Jon Mason scored on a behind-the-back shot, on a Chris Keating fastbreak assist, and Roanoke led 6-4 at halftime.

Ryan Heath opened the second half scoring with an unassisted score, coming from behind the cage, to make the score 6-5. Roanoke countered with an Adam Leahy man-up goal and a Thomas score to go back up by three, 8-5. Cortland’s Matt O’Connell was able to beat his defender on a one-on-one move and from about nine yards out made the score 8-6 after three.

The game became a one-goal game with 9:16 left in the fourth when Simensky found a cutting Josh Cittadino who beat Madalon off-side high to make the score 8-7 in Roanoke’s favor. After both teams had quality scoring chances, including hit pipes by Cortland’s Kyle Lambert and Roanoke’s Wilkerson, the Maroons iced the win on a Mason score with 2:45 left. Mason took a pass on the far-side pipe from Keating and was able to score his second of the day.

Roanoke won the battle of the shots (41-27), groundballs (42-33), and face-offs (12-8), while Cortland goalie Ben Gaebel made 11 saves, and Roanoke’s Madalon eight. The eighth of those saves came on a Cortland fastbreak with just 2:11 left, stopping a shot from Ryan Heath on the doorstep. Gaebel made several of his saves on Roanoke’s shots right on the crease.

Roanoke opens up its 2006 Old Dominion Athletic Conference schedule with a Saturday game at Virginia Wesleyan College. The game in Virginia Beach begins at 1:00pm. Cortland’s next opponent is Springfield College, a game that will be played in Baltimore.