Roanoke vs. Hampden-sydney
April 29, 2009
The Game Story:
SALEM, Va. --- Roanoke staged a fourth-quarter rally to upend Hampden-Sydney, 17-12 in the ODAC Semifinals at Kerr Stadium Wednesday evening. With the win, the Maroons (17-0) will advance and host the ODAC Championship at Kerr against Washington & Lee. The Tigers end their season at 8-9.

Roanoke dominated on paper, winning the groundball war, 48-17, a 64-33 shots advantage and winning 25-of-33 face-offs. The men were successful in 20-of-22 clear attempts and 3-of-4 man-up opportunities.

Hampden-Sydney got up early, 2-1 before the Maroons scored four unanswered goals to make it 5-2 with 13:18 remaining in the second period.

The Tigers recaptured the lead and retaliated back scoring six of the following nine goals to tie the contest at 8-all with 4:02 left in the third. HSC continued to pound away to take its first lead of the game as Andrew Mahoney found Kenny Mathison to make it, 11-10 with 13:18 left in the final stanza.

But Roanoke, who broke the ODAC single-season wins total with 17, have been in this predicament before and responded quickly. The Maroons reeled off seven-straight goals over the next 10 minutes to take a commanding 17-11 lead and eventually the game as they remain unbeaten.

Roanoke was led by Justin Tuma with three goals, 11 groundballs and 11-of-15 in face-offs. Jeff Keating also led the team with three goals, all in the final period as he sparked the late surge for the Maroons. Trey Keeley, Pat March and Brian Foley each added two goals and one assist in the win. Steve Furdock and Chas Carlson each totaled a goal and an assist.

Greg Khanzadian collected seven groundballs and won 10-of-14 face-offs. Sam Love and Stephen Simmons were big again for the Maroons, collecting eight and five groundballs, respectively. Love even had four caused turnovers to his credit.

The Tigers were led by Doug Carpenter with three goals followed by Kyle Jett with two goals and two assists to his credit. Carter Mavromatis had two goals and an assist while Andrew Mahoney added a goal and two assists. Ben Clarke also had two goals.

Mike Bagby finished with 14 saves in goal for the Tigers while Jake Dorsey had eight between the pipes for the Maroons. He is now second all-time in career wins with former Maroon goalie and current head coach Bill Pilat í85.

The Maroons will welcome W&L to play for the conference title Sunday, May 3 starting at 1 p.m. The Maroons won the regular season meeting, 14-13 in overtime as the last four meetings have been decided by one goal. The winner will receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Div. III Menís Lacrosse Tournament.

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