Roanoke vs. Eastern Connecticut
March 24, 2004
The Game Story:
SALEM, VA--The Roanoke College men^s lacrosse team, ranked ninth in the country, spotted the Eastern Connecticut State Warriors a 9-0 lead, and could never recover in a 14-7 loss in Salem, VA on Wednesday afternoon. With the loss to the Warriors, in the first ever meeting between the two squads, the Maroons fall to 5-2 overall. The win was the first of the season for the Warriors, who improve to 1-3 overall.

Eastern Connecticut^s Bill Morgan got the Warriors off to a 2-0 lead with two unassisted goals in the first five minutes of the game. The Warriors scored on their first four shots of the game, the next two coming from Mike Annunziato and Matt Kowalsky. Kowalsky would add the second of back-to-back goals to make the score 5-0 with 5:43 to play in the first. Andy Stockfish rounded out the scoring in the first quarter for the Warriors, making the tally 6-0 after one.

The Warriors opened up the second period of play with three consecutive goals, two from Amir Loghmanieh and another from Morgan, to push their lead out to 9-0. The Maroons were finally able to crack ECSU starting goalie Chris Harnisky with 7:22 left in the first half, a tally from Mike Chase. Kris Davis followed with a goal for the Maroons to make the score 9-2, before Morgan score again to push the lead back up to eight, 10-2. Dan Reed finished the scoring off in the first, getting the Maroons to within 10-3.

After trading goals in the third quarter, the Warriors scored the first goal of the fourth to push the lead back to 12-4. The Maroons scored three goals in the final 2:36 of the game, but by then the game was well in Eastern Connecticut^s hands. The Warriors actually scored the game-winning goal with 12:01 left in the second quarter, a goal from Morgan.

Morgan finished the contest with five goals and an assist, while Loghmanieh and Kowalsky each finished with two goals. Annunziato sparked the Warriors at the face-off ^x^ by winning 16 of the 21 face-offs he took. As a team, the Warriors won 16 of 25 face-offs. Harnisky finished the game with 15 saves, three in each of the first three quarters and six in the fourth period.

The Maroons are back in action in action on Saturday in a road game at eighth-ranked Hampden-Sydney College. The Maroons and Tigers will get the Old Dominion Athletic Conference game underway at 1:00pm in Hampden-Sydney, VA. The game will be the second ODAC contest for the Maroons after beating Virginia Wesleyan 13-12 in overtime this past Saturday.