Roanoke vs. Lynchburg
May 18, 2005
The Game Story:
SALEM, VA--The leading goal-scorer in NCAA Division III men's
lacrosse, Jon Mason, scored his most important goal of the season,
getting a goal with 11 seconds remaining in the contest to give the
Roanoke College Maroons a 10-9 NCAA Quarterfinal win over Lynchburg
College in Salem, VA on Wednesday. With the win, the Maroons, who are
now 15-2 on the season, advance to the national semifinals where they
will square off against two-time defending national champion
Salisbury University. The game will be played at Salisbury at 1:00pm
on Sunday afternoon. The Maroons are making their first NCAA Division
III national semifinal appearance since the 1992 season.

After the Hornets mounted a fourth-quarter comeback, battling back
from as many as three goals down to even the score at nine on a Brian
Kemper goal with 1:09 left, Mason pulled off his heroics. Maroon
freshman Billy Cameron won the ensuing face-off. After a timeout, the
Maroons ran a play, but were stripped of the ball. The loose ball,
however, went off an LC defender out of bounds, giving Roanoke back
possession. With about 20 seconds left, Mason began his move to the
goal, bulling his way to the crease, ducking under an LC defender,
and slipping the ball past Hornet goalie Garrett Curran on the
near-side pipe. Cameron then won the game's final face-off, ensuring
the Maroon victory.

Throughout the first half of play, the Maroons took the lead on three
different occasions, but each time the Hornets had an answer. Mason
opened the game's scoring, but Ryan Quick answered for the Hornets
three minutes later. With eight minutes left in the first, Chris
Keating struck for Roanoke, but 1:30 later it was AJ Tinklepaugh that
evened the score.

The second period of play saw each team score just once, sending the
game into the break deadlocked at three. Freshman Zack Thomas scored
for Roanoke, Brian McCulloch tallied an the extra-man for the
Hornets.

It wasn't until Matt Duke opened the third with an unassisted goal
from about 10 yards out, and Brendan Moore finished a Dan Reed pass
on the crease that the Maroons built themselves a little cushion. But
again, Lynchburg did not go away, getting a man-up tally from Adam
Gift and an even strength score from Billy McCulloch to make the
score 5-5.

Before the third period was up, the Maroons again surged ahead by
two, going up on the strength of Mason's second score of the day, and
on a Matt Duke off-hand shot from 10 yards out. Senior Dan Reed
opened the scoring in the fourth to give the Maroons a three-goal
cushion, 8-5.

Lynchburg's Ryan Cranston made a one-on-one move from behind the cage
to bring the Hornets to within 8-6 with 11:02 left in the game, and
Johnny Black scored on an LC fastbreak with 8:34 left to make the
score 8-7. Black's goal came as a Maroon defender lifted his stick,
but the loose ball deflected off of another Maroon defender across
the goal line.

The Maroons got a lift from an unlikely source when Ryan Wilkerson
scored only his fourth goal of the season, on an Adam Leahy assist,
to give the Maroons a 9-7 edge. Again that lead was not safe, as
Billy McCulloch and Kemper scored goals in the final four minutes to
even things up at nine. Kemper had an assist on the McCulloch score.


The Hornets got an outstanding effort in goal from freshman Garrett
Curran, who made 14 saves while facing 44 Maroon shots in the game.
Seven of his saves came in the first period of play. Matt Madalon
stopped 10 shots in the win for the Maroons, eight coming in the
final three periods.