Roanoke vs. Kenyon
March 8, 2003
The Game Story:
SALEM, VA--Roanoke College junior attackman Kris Davis (Parkton, MD/Hereford) scored five goals and added four assists to pace the men's lacrosse team to a 14-8 victory over Kenyon College in Salem, VA on Saturday. The Maroons improve to 2-0 on the season, while the Lords fall to 2-1. The game was the first ever meeting between the two programs. Davis got the Maroons on the board first, striking with 12:36 to play in the first quarter on an unassisted goal. He then assisted on a behind-the-back score by senior Andy Bonasera (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) just 34 seconds later. Kenyon's Will Walker cut Roanoke's lead in half with a goal from just at the top of the crease, a goal that Dylan Sage assisted on. The Maroons scored the next three goals in the quarter to take a 5-1 lead after the first 15 minutes. Jeff Pattison (Mercer Island, WA/Mercer Island) had one of those goals on a bounce-shot from about 20 yards out.

Kenyon scored the first goal of the second quarter, a score by Julian Quasha on a fastbreak and the Lords were able to keep Roanoke's offense off the board until Davis struck for his third goal with 7:25 to play in the half. Davis' goal was on the man-up unit, one of four Roanoke 'power play' goals on the afternoon. After Dan Reed (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) made the score 8-2 in Roanoke's favor, it looked as if the Maroons would take that lead into the break. However, Sage scored with 0:00.4 left on the clock to give KC it's third goal. Roanoke goalie Tim Morse (Sante Fe, NM/Tabor) stopped the original shot by David Deal, but was unable to control the rebound and, uncontested, Sage secured the loose ball and stuck it in the back of the net.

The Maroons pushed their lead out to as many as eight goals, 11-3, in the third quarter by scoring the first three goals of the frame. Garrett Yaralian (Fripp Island, SC/Mt. Lakes (NJ)) hit the upper right corner on a shot from about 15 yards out to get the streak started, while freshman Chris Keating (Chatham, NJ/Chatham) finished a Davis pass to end the run. When Joe Weeren (Winchester, MA/Winchester) scored with 10:17 to go in the fourth, the Maroons owned a 14-5 lead, but the Lords did not die and scored the final three goals of the game, all three coming with less than 1:55 to play in the game, to cut RC's final lead to 14-8.

In addition to Davis' nine-point day, the Maroons also got two goals and three assists from Reed, with two of his three assists coming on Davis goals. He also had a hand in all four of Roanoke's man-up goals, scoring one and assisting on the other three. Bonasera finished the day with two goals and two assists, while Yaralian added an assist in the game. Before being taken out with four minutes to go, Morse made 17 saves in the cage for the Maroons and allowed five goals.

Justin Hamilton scored four goals for the Lords, two coming in the run to end the game. Defenseman Jeremy Martinich scored on a fast break with 1:18 to play in regulation.