Roanoke vs. Virginia Wesleyan
April 5, 2003
The Game Story:
Salem, VA--The Roanoke College men's lacrosse team secured it's third Old Dominion Athletic Conference victory of the year with a 17-9 win over Virginia Wesleyan College on Saturday afternoon in Salem, VA. The Maroons, ranked 12th in the latest USILA Division II coaches poll, improve to 7-3 on the season and 3-1 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Virginia Wesleyan, which has lost two straight games, falls to 8-3, 2-2 in league play. The Maroons now own a 12-2 all-time lead in the series.

Roanoke came out and scored the first five goals of Saturday's game to take command of the contest. Kris Davis (Parkton, MD/Hereford) scored just 23 seconds into the contest to give Roanoke a 1-0 lead. Dan Reed (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) scored the next two goals and freshman Pat Hurley (Amherst, NY/Amherst) netted his first goal of the season, with 8:51 to play in the first, to give the Maroons a 4-0 lead. The Marlins called a timeout after the fourth goal, but the Maroons pushed their lead to 5-0 on Reed's third score of the quarter. The Marlins finally broke through on a Ryan Naftzinger man-down goal. Naftzinger scored on a fastbreak to trim Roanoke's lead to 5-1. The two teams traded goals to make the score 6-2 after one.

The Marlins cut into Roanoke's lead again, to open the third, on a Dan Hofmeister score, but the Maroons rattled off three more straight goals to take an 9-3 lead. Chris Keating (Chatham, NJ/Chatham) scored two of the three goals for RC, the first coming just one second after a VWC penalty released. Jay Smith scored an unassisted goal with 3:00 to go in the first half to make the score 9-4 in Roanoke's favor at halftime.

Bill Pilat's club put the game well out of reach in third quarter. Coming out of the halftime break, the Maroons scored the first six goals of the second half to take a 15-4 lead. Reed scored his fourth goal of the game in the run, a man-up tally off of a feed from Keating and Colin Burke (Rancho Santa Fe, NM/Torrey Pines) scored his second goal of the season. Joe Weeren (Winchester, VA/Winchester) got his two goals of the game during the run, which was capped by a Davis goal with 4:31 to play in the third. Virginia Wesleyan's Cameron McKay scored two goals in the final 1:03 of the third and the teams went into final 15 minutes with a score of 15-6. Andy Bonasera (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) and Garrett Yaralian (Fripp Island, SC/Mt. Lakes) gave the Maroons an 11-goal lead, 17-6, before the Marlins, with a majority of RC's starters on the bench, scored the final three goals of the game.

Davis ended the game with three goals and five assists for the Maroons, while Reed added an assist to go along with his four goals. Bonasera scored twice and added two assists. Hurley also added an assist from the midfield. McKay finished with three goals and an assist for the Marlins, who also got three goals from Hofmeister and 14 saves from starting goalie Dustin Betthauser.

The Maroons don't get much rest, returning to action on Sunday afternoon with a non-conference game against Catawba. The game, which is scheduled to start at 3:00pm in Salem, VA, is a make-up of a game lost to weather on February 26th.