Roanoke vs. Hampden-sydney
March 29, 2003
The Game Story:
SALEM, VA--Hampden-Sydney's Chris Lucas scored an extra-man goal with 3:08 remaining in the game to give the Tigers a 9-8 come-from-behind victory over host Roanoke College in men's lacrosse action in Salem, VA on Saturday. The Tigers, who entered the game as the nation's fifth-ranked team in the USILA Division III poll, improve to 6-1 overall and 1-0 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The Maroons, the nation's ninth-ranked squad, fall to 5-3 on the season and 1-1 in league play. Lucas' goal, which came from just at the top of the crease, finished a pass from senior Jason Rostan. The Maroons, who at one point led 8-5, were called for an 30 second offside penalty with 3:20 to play, giving the Tigers the man-up. The goal also capped a fourth quarter comeback which saw the Tigers outscore Roanoke, 4-0. Rostan had tied the score just 1:44 earlier after he collected the rebound of a Tim Morse (Santa Fe, NM/Tabor) save and scored his third goal of the game.

Andy Bonasera (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) opened the game's scoring, giving Roanoke a 1-0 lead just under four minutes to play. The Tigers responded with four consecutive goals. Lucas, Rostan, and Matt Fassnacht all scored in the first period to give HSC the 3-1 lead after one. Fassnacht's goal also came off of a rebound. Rostan then tallied the first goal of the second period to give the Tigers the three goal lead. The Maroons fought back to tie the game at four at the break. Dan Reed (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) and Garrett Yaralian (Fripp Island, SC/Mt. Lakes) each scored on bounce shots and Bonasera finished a Jeff Pattison (Mercer Island, WA/Mercer Island) pass to knot the game.

The Maroons took control of the game in the third quarter, but later would let it slip away. Joe Weeren (Winchester, MA/Winchester) gave Roanoke the lead at 5-4, Reed scored RC's lone extra-man goal, and Chris Keating (Chatham, NJ/Chatham) had a goal to give the Maroons a 7-4 lead. After Wilson McIlwaine brought HSC to within two with 4:24 left in the third, Roanoke's Kris Davis (Parkton, MD/Hereford) pushed the lead back to three just 55 seconds later. McIlwaine then started HSC's comeback with his second goal, that to start off the fourth. He then fed Lucas for Hampden-Sydney's seventh goal.

Rostan and Lucas each finished with three goals for the Tigers, while McIlwaine added two and an assist. Jeremy Bull made nine saves for the winning team, two coming late in the fourth quarter, including one on RC's Davis from point-blank range. Morse stopped 18 shots in the Maroon goal. Bonasera and Reed each scored twice for the Maroons, while Keating had a score and two assists. The Tigers also outshot Roanoke, 36-31, in the game. The Maroons had just one shot in the first 13 minutes of the fourth quarter.