Roanoke vs. Washington And Lee
March 23, 2003
The Game Story:
SALEM, VA--Senior goalie Tim Morse (Santa Fe, NM/Tabor) made 18 saves to lead the Roanoke College men's lacrosse team to an 8-4 upset win over Washington & Lee on Sunday in Salem, VA. The Maroons are now 5-1 on the season and 1-0 in the ODAC and pick up their first win over the Generals since the 1997 season. Washington & Lee drops it's second consecutive game and falls to 3-2, 0-1 in the league. The Generals entered the game ranked seventh in the USILA Division III poll, while the Maroons came in as the nation's 17th ranked squad. Morse was the difference in the game, stopping 18 shots and allowing just four goals. One of the goal he allowed was a W&L man-up tally in the fourth quarter. He made several one-on-one saves and stopped 11 W&L shots in the second half alone. The Generals outshot the Maroons, 43-32, in the game, including 28-14 in the second half.

Roanoke's senior All-American candidate Andy Bonasera (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) single-handily gave the Maroons a 2-0 lead five minutes into Sunday's game. He scored two straight unassisted goals, rolling from the right side of the cage to get off shots that beat W&L keeper Ansel Sanders. Dan Reed (Columbus, OH/Upper Arlington) finished a Kris Davis (Parkton, MD/Hereford) pass on an RC man-up and Joe Weeren (Winchester, MA/Winchester) scored the Maroons' fourth goal of the first quarter and after 15 minutes of play RC owned the 4-0 lead.

In the second quarter, the Maroons went up 6-0 on goals by Mike Chase (Webster, NY/Webster) and Davis. Chase scooped in his goal in a pass from Davis. The Generals were finally able to crack Morse with 3:31 left in the first half on a goal from Rob Brown. Morse had stopped the first seven W&L shots on goal before getting beaten.

The Maroons, who lead 6-1 at the break, went up 8-1 on third quarter goals from Bonasera and Reed. Bonasera's goal came against W&L backup keeper Pat Casey, who played just over two minutes after replacing an injured Sanders. Jack Murray got W&L's lone goal of thee third quarter after getting the rebound of a Morse save. Matt Fink and Dustin Martin got the lone goals of the fourth quarter, getting W&L to within 8-4, but Martin's goal came with just 2:31 left in the game. Morse made five saves in the fourth quarter to help the Maroons preserve the lead.

The Maroons host Whittier College at 4:00pm on Wednesday afternoon in Salem, VA. The Maroons look to bring an end to a two-game losing streak to the Poets, who defeated #4 Hampden-Sydney, 17-10, on Saturday.