Roanoke vs. Tufts
March 18, 2008
The Game Story:
Maroons get big win over #5 Tufts
Hotchkiss has season-best seven points in win

The men’s lacrosse team defeated #5 Tufts University, 20-8 at Kerr Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. With the win the Maroons improved their record to 4-2 while the Jumbos (4-1) dropped their first game of the season.
Roanoke, who are ranked #18 in the country (USILA), netted a season-best 20 goals this afternoon and it was the highest scoring output since blanking Guilford, 20-0 on 4/14 last spring. They outshot the Jumbos, 50-23 and won the groundball battle, 68-32 including a 23-7 advantage in the second period. The Maroons were successful in all but one of their clear attempts (21-22) and won 23-of-31 face-offs.
Tufts held a 3-2 advantage early in the second quarter before the Maroons’ offensive attack exploded, scoring 13 of the next 15 goals over the next 25 minutes to put the Jumbos away. The Maroons outscored Tufts, 9-2 in the second period to give them an 11-4 advantage at the end of the first half.
With Roanoke up, 15-5 late in the third, Tufts scored two goals in the final five seconds to bring them to within eight, 15-7 to start the fourth period. The Jumbos scored again, but an illegal stick penalty negated the goal and a player was penalized for three minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct.
The Maroons took advantage of their man-up opportunity as they scored two goals within that time frame to give them a 17-7 lead with 12:08 to go. The men continued to pound away at Tufts, scoring the final three goals of the period, including Matt Nicola’s back-to-back goals which tied a career-high.
Billy Cameron had a phenomenal game with one goal, one assist, won 10-of-14 face-offs and a team-best 15 groundballs. He needs just 20 more to pass Aaron Sims ’94 for second all-time at Roanoke. The 15 groundballs tied a career-high for Cameron.
Ashton Hotchkiss finished with team-highs of four goals and seven points, including three assists on the afternoon. Pat March scored two goals and led the Maroon attack with four assists. Matt Quinton netted four goals to lead the Maroons offensive barrage while Justin Tuma, Jay Troja and Nicola added two goals apiece in the win.
Chas Carlson had two goals and two assists to pace the Maroons. He is one point shy of tying Braxton Andrews ’73 for 19th all-time in scoring at Roanoke. His two assists passed Jeff Jones ’97 for ninth all-time in that category and needs three more to move into eighth.
Jake Dorsey finished with three saves for Roanoke while Matt Harrigan had 10 along with a team-high six groundballs for Tufts. Connor Ginsberg led the Jumbos with two goals and four shots on goal.
The men will travel to Virginia Beach on Saturday to take on Virginia Wesleyan in their second road game of the season. The Maroons hold a 15-2 all-time advantage vs. the Marlins and won 13-7 last season. The Maroons ODAC opener is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.