Roanoke vs. Lynchburg
May 6, 2007
The Game Story:
SALEM, VA--For the second consecutive season, the Roanoke College men’s lacrosse team defeated visiting Lynchburg College to claim the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship. The Maroons defeated the Hornets 11-9 on Sunday in Salem, VA to earn the ODAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament. The Maroons improve to 14-4 with the victory, just one win shy of tying a school record. Lynchburg falls to 13-4 and will await the word on an at-large bid. The ODAC title is Roanoke’s 15th overall.

The Maroons fell behind early 3-0 after Lynchburg’s Stephen Weis scored two unassisted goals after dodging from behind the cage and junior Ryan Cranston added the third. Jon Mason cut the lead to two with three minutes left, and with just five second left in the opening quarter Roanoke sophomore Richard Fox found freshman Ashton Hotchkiss on the crease to make the score 3-2 after one.

Mason dodged from up top with less than seven minutes left in the half to even the score at three and off the ensuing face-off Maroon freshman Steve Simmons gained possession and gave the Maroons their first lead, just 17 seconds later. Kyle McGuire and Johnny Black scored the final two goals of the half and at the break the Hornets led 5-4.

The Maroons took control early in the third. Mason scored his third, on a Zach Thomas assist, with 8:39 left to even the game again and just seven second later Billy Cameron gave the Maroons the lead for good, winning the face-off forward and scoring on a lefty shot. After the Hornets were called for a one-minute penalty, Roanoke sophomore Chaz Carlson found Brendan Moore sneaking from behind the cage to give the Maroons a 7-5 lead.

With 6:36 left in the third, Maroon freshman Pat March scored on an outside shot and Roanoke’s lead was 8-5. A Tyler Tolson man-up goal with just 16 seconds left in the third made the score 8-6 going into the fourth. Hotchkiss finished a Carlson pass just minutes into the fourth and after a field-long clearing pass by Wes McFarlane, Mason scored his fourth, into an empty net, to make the score 10-6 with 10:16 left.

Lynchburg’s Brian McCulloch got the second of two straight goals to bring the Hornets to within 10-8 with 3:53 left, but Roanoke’s Nick Derby had an answer with less than a minute to play, diving in front of the crease and scoring an unassisted goal. McCulloch scored just eight seconds later, but the Hornets were unable to get any closer.

Roanoke freshman Jake Dorsey earned a spot on the All-Tournament team with a 14-save performance in Sunday’s championship game. Mason, Carlson, and Thomas were also named to the All-Tournament team for the Maroons, while Lynchburg’s selections were Garrett Curran, Cranston, and McCulloch.