Roanoke vs. Washington And Lee
March 24, 2007
The Game Story:
SALEM, VA-Washington & Lee sophomore Tim Skeen scored the game-winning goal with just 7.4 seconds left on the clock to give the Generals a 14-13 menís lacrosse victory over host Roanoke on Saturday in Salem, VA. The Maroons, who have now lost three straight one-goal games, fall to 5-4 overall on the season and 0-1 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The Generals, who snap a three-game losing streak to the Maroons, improve to 4-3, 1-0 in the ODAC.

With just 12.9 seconds left in the game, the Generals called a timeout with possession in their own box. Out of the timeout, Skeen dodged from behind the cage and beat Roanoke goalie Jake Dorsey just inside the pipe. General sophomore Seldon Clarke, who won eight face-offs in the fourth quarter, tied up the ensuing face-off, allowing the time to run off the clock.

Skeenís game-winning goal prevented the Maroons from rallying from a four-goal first quarter deficit. After the Maroons appeared to score the gameís first goal, Zach Thomas was called for a three-minute non-releasable illegal stick penalty. The Generals scored three times on the power play to take the 3-0 lead just four minutes into the game. Skeen scored the first two and then added a fourth with 6:35 left in the first to make the score 4-0.

The Maroons, who trailed 5-1 after one, slowly chipped away at the lead and with 13:08 left in the fourth quarter tied the score at 10 on a Jon Mason goal. Less than a minute later, the Maroons took their first lead, 11-10, on a Billy Cameron man-up shot from outside. The General countered with a man-up goal of their own to tie the score at 11 and then on a Ned Rider dodge from behind the cage regained the lead with 10:00 left in the contest.

Roanoke sophomore Chaz Carlson scored on a shot from 10 yards out, a shot that was screened by players in front, and the game was again even, 12-12. Harry St. John gave the Generals another one goal advantage, posting up one the right side and scoring on a lefty shot high, but again Carlson had an answer for Roanoke, scoring with 2:03 left to set up Skeenís late-game winning goal.

Skeen finished with a career-high five goals and eight points for the Generals, who also got three goals and an assist from Rider and four assists from Will Keigler. Carlson led all Maroon players with six points on two goals and four assists, while Mason finished with four goal and an assist. Chris Lalli made 11 saves in goal for the Generals. After making just one save in the first half, Dorsey stopped nine shots in the second, five of those coming in the third quarter.

The Maroons, who are mired in their first three-game since the 2002 season, play host to Colby College on Tuesday in Salem, VA. The game time has been changed to a 4:00pm start.