Roanoke vs. Randolph-macon
April 3, 2004
The Game Story:
SALEM, VA--The Roanoke College men^s lacrosse team put an end to a two-game losing streak with a 16-5 home victory over Old Dominion Athletic Conference rival Randolph-Macon College on Saturday afternoon in Salem, VA. The Maroons, who have now won 28 consecutive games in this series dating back to the 1973 campaign, improve to 6-3 overall on the season and 2-1 in the ODAC. The Yellow Jackets fall to 4-5 and 1-2 in league action.

It didn^t take long for the Maroons to jump ahead in the contest. Sophomore Chris Keating (Chatham, NJ/Chatham) won the opening face-off forward and quickly moved the ball to Garrett Yaralian (Fripp Island, SC/Mt. Lakes) in the RMC box. Yaralian moved the ball diagonally to Kris Davis (Parkton, MD/Hereford) who scored just eight seconds into the game. Five minutes later Keating made the score 2-0 in Roanoke^s favor off of an assist from Dan Reed (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington). Jon Mason (Orangeville, ONT, Canada/Orangeville) made the score 3-0 four minutes after the Keating goal. Trailing 4-0, the Yellow Jackets were able to get on the board on a PC Johnsen man-up tally with 2:12 left in the first.

The Maroons scored the first three goals of the second period, one by Mason, two from Reed, to push the lead out to 7-1. The Yellow Jackets went on a scoring run of their own, getting three scores in the matter of 1:25 to trim the lead back to 7-4. All three goals came from Joe Fleury. The Maroons, however, scored the final two goals of the half, the second a Mike Chase (Webster, NY/Webster) goal off of a rebound, to make the score 9-4 at the break. Yaralian added his second goal of the contest in that run.

The first nine minutes of the third period went without a goal, but that came to an end on a Mason score, off of another Reed assist, with 4:03 to go. James Lentz answered back for RMC with 2:54 left on the clock, but again Roanoke closed with the final two goals. The second of those two came with just 17.5 seconds left. It was a score from Davis on an assist from Mason, his first helper of the season. Mason picked up a loose ball at midfield and moved the ball to Davis at the top of the crease.

Mason went on to score two of Roanoke^s four goals in the fourth period, while Reed and freshman Nic Towson (Olney, MD/Sherwood) added the other two. On Mason^s second score, junior defender Tom Schaefer (Cumberland, ME/Salisbury School) earned his first career assist, leading a fastbreak that resulted in the goal. Mike Miginsky (Waterford, VA/Loudoun Valley) had an assist on the Towson score.

The Maroons outshot the Yellow Jackets 60-23 in the contest, but Randolph-Macon keeper Brian Vierheller was able to make 16 saves in the contest to keep the score closer. The Maroon defense, led by Schaefer, who made his first start of the season, and sophomore Ben Love (Berwyn Heights, MD/DeMatha), held RMC leading scorer PC Johnsen to just the one goal. Fleury finished with the three goals, with Lentz adding the fifth and two assists.

Mason finished the game with five goals and an assist, while both Reed and Davis matched Mason^s point total with three goals and three assists each. Chase had a goal and an assist while Jeff Pattison (Mercer Island, WA/Mercer Island) had two assists. Yaralian, who returned following a brief one-game injury layoff, had two goals and two assists. The Maroon defense forced starter Matt Madalon (Darien, CT/Darien) to make just eight saves in goal.

The Maroons are back in action on Wednesday in a home game against ODAC rival Lynchburg College. The game in Salem, VA begins at 3:30.