Roanoke vs. Widener
May 14, 2005
The Game Story:
SALEM, Va. ‚~@~S Sophomore attack Jon Mason scored eight goals as
sixth-ranked Roanoke (14-2) defeated Widener (11-5) 18-12 Saturday afternoon
in the second round of the NCAA Division III Men‚~@~Ys Lacrosse Championship
Tournament.

With the win, Roanoke advances to the national quarterfinal to face
Lynchburg.

Roanoke struck first with 10:41 left in the opening period as freshman
attack Zack Thomas scored unassisted. Thomas assisted on the second goal of
the game with 10:13 left as sophomore attack Jon Mason scored off of a
Widener failed clear.

Widener scored its first goal of the game at the 9:27 mark when sophomore
attack Gavin Goane (Springfield, PA/Springfield) from an assist via freshman
attack Luke Weber (Lititz, PA/Manheim Township).

The Pioneers tied the game at 2-all with 8:34 left when freshman attack
Brian Stromko (Maplewood, NJ/Columbia) scored on a freshman midfielder Tim
Heffernan (Glastonbury, NJ/Glastonbury) assist. Heffernan would net his
second assist of the game at 6:16 mark when he assisted on junior attack
Dennis Mann (Havertown, PA/Haverford) goal for a Widener 3-2 lead.

Roanoke then tied the score at 3-all with 5:53 when senior attack Tug
Schroeder scored on a senior attack Dan Reed assist. Thomas netted his
second goal of the game on a Schroeder assist just nine seconds later and
Roanoke had a 4-3 lead.

The Maroons went up 5-3 at the 3:38 when junior attack Adam Leahy scored on
a Thomas assist. Mason scored his second goal of the game just 25 seconds
later on a Schroeder assist and a 6-3 Maroon lead.

Widener cut the lead to 6-4 with 41 ticks left junior attack Alan Krawitz
(Havertown, PA/Haverford) scored on an assist from junior attack Todd
Fairlie (Broomall, PA/Marple Newtown).

In the second period, Widener cut the deficit back to 6-5 with 11:32 when
Stromko scored his second goal of the game. However, the Maroons went back
up 7-5 with 10:08 left when Thomas scored his third goal of the game on a
Leahy assist. Schroeder put the Maroons up 8-5 at the 8:46 mark when he
scored unassisted.

Widener answered back at the 6:12 mark when Goane scored unassisted, cutting
the deficit to 8-6. But, Roanoke scored a man-up goal with 2:30 left when
Schroeder scored on a Reed assist to go back up 9-6. Mason scored with just
three seconds left on a Thomas assist for a 10-6 Roanoke halftime lead.

Widener struck first in the second half when Krawitz scored on a Mann assist
with 11:56 left on an extra-man opportunity for a 10-7 Roanoke lead. Junior
midfielder Chris Keating scored with 9:52 left on an assist from freshman
midfielder Matt Duke for an 11-7 Maroon lead. Keating scored again with 7:20
left on a Reed assist as Roanoke built the lead to 12-7.

The Pioneers cut the lead to 12-8 when Goane scored on a Stromko assist with
3:11 left in the third, which ended the scoring in the quarter.

Mason started the scoring for Roanoke in the fourth as he scored unassisted
with 13:00 left and a 13-8 Maroon lead. Mason scored again just 13 seconds
later for a 14-8 Roanoke lead, which marked his fifth goal of the game.

Widener struck back with a goal from Stromko on a Fairlie assist with 9:42
left, but the Pioneers still trailed 14-9. Mann scored with 9:19 left on
another Fairlie assist as Widener cut the deficit to 14-10 which was
followed by a Fairlie unassisted goal with 8:36 left and Widener trailed
14-11.



Mason stopped the Widener scoring run at the 7:58 mark which put the Maroons
back up 15-11, and then he scored his seventh goal of the game with 6:41
left in an extra man situation which sealed the win for Roanoke. Fairlie
scored unassisted 3:57 left to cut the deficit to 16-12.

Sophomore attack Brendan Moore scored with just 1:45 left for Roanoke,
followed by Mason‚~@~Ys eighth and final goal of the game with 49.2 seconds
left, which capped the scoring in the contest.

Widener sophomore goalkeeper Mike Cozza (Ridgewood, NJ/Ridgewood) made ten
saves as he faced 49 shots. Roanoke junior goalkeeper Matt Madalon had seven
saves as he faced 39 Pioneer shots.