Roanoke vs. Guilford
April 15, 2006
The Game Story:
Maroons Host Lynchburg Next Saturday, Roanoke 10-2, 5-0 in the ODAC

SALEM, VA--A 17-3 home win over visiting Guilford College gave the Roanoke College men’s lacrosse team its 10th victory of the season, that for the fourth straight year, setting a new program record. The Maroons improved to 10-2 overall with the win and 5-0 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Guilford falls to 4-7 and 1-3 in the ODAC. The win also assured the Maroons of a home game in the ODAC semifinal round in two weeks.

The Maroons scored the first four goals of the game and after Guilford’s FJ Ientile made the score 4-1 with 4:27 left in the first, the Maroons countered with three goals in the final 3:19 of the opening quarter to take a 7-1 lead into the second. Zach Thomas, Brendan Moore, and Matt Nicola scored Roanoke’s three goals in the second quarter and after the first half of play the Maroons led 10-1.

Jon Mason scored two of his game-best five goals to open the third, Wes Worthington followed with his first college goal, and Matt Duke scored on an outside shot on a Roanoke man-up chance and after 45 minutes of action Roanoke led 14-1. Moore got his third of the game to open the fourth, but the Quakers responded with back-to-back goals from Bryan Borchard and Colin Davis, the second coming with 3:51 left in the game. Maroon freshman Steve Fritsch scored the final two goals of the game, the first two of his career, and the second coming on a Nicola assist.

The Maroons won 17 of the 24 face-offs in the game, with Billy Cameron winning 10 of the 14 he took. Moore finished the day with three goals and an assist and also led the Maroons with six groundballs. Josh Rea went 4-for-5 on face-offs, while Scott Pattison, Scott Lindberg, and Ryan Wilkerson each added assists.

Drew Bowers entered the game with 22:47 left in the contest, making three saves for the Maroons. Jeremiah Murrow saw the final 3:51 for the Maroons in goal, stopping the only shot he saw on cage.

The Roanoke win sets up a Saturday showdown with the Hornets of Lynchburg College in Salem. Both teams enter the game ranked in the nation’s top five and both with undefeated ODAC records. The winner of that contest will secure the number-one seed in the upcoming ODAC tournament. The game will be a rematch of the 2005 ODAC championship game, won by Lynchburg, and a 2005 NCAA quarterfinal game, won by Roanoke.