Roanoke vs. Ursinus
March 11, 2006
The Game Story:
Mason Has Seven, Duke Scores Five, Madalon Stops 15 in Win

SALEM, VA---The Roanoke College menís lacrosse team, the nationís 10th-ranked squad, improved to 3-2 overall with a 21-8 win over visiting Ursinus (PA) College on Saturday in Salem, VA. The Maroons run their winning streak to two games and improve to 2-0 all-time against the Bears. Ursinus is now 2-1 on the season.

The two teams traded the first four goals of the game, with the Bears evening the score at two on a Justin Reinke man-down goal with 3:01 to play in the first quarter. That would be as close as the game would get the rest of the way. Roanoke rattled off the next 13 goals to take a commanding 15-2 lead early in the third quarter.

The Maroons scored three goals in the final 2:10 of the first quarter, two from Jon Mason and one from Adam Leahy, and then got all eight of the goals scored in the second quarter, including a man-down score from Matt Duke. Roanoke freshman Richard Fox opened the scoring in the second half with his first college goal and RC junior Brendan Moore followed with a goal to make the score 15-2 with 13:40 left in the third.

Leading 17-6 heading into the fourth quarter, the Maroons were forced to play the first three minutes man-down after an RC player was called for having an illegal cross. The Maroons then went two-men down on a 30 second delay of the game call. Despite playing two-men short and one-man down for three minutes, the Maroons did not give up a single man-down goal. Senior goalie Matt Madalon made five saves during the stretch. Immediately following the release of the three-minute infraction, the Maroons got their 18th goal, a score from Duke on a Chris Keating assist. Mason then added and man-up goal less than 10 minutes later. Roanoke would score four of their final five goals with an extra man.

Roanoke held a 62-37 advantage in the shots column. After facing just 19 shots in their first two games combined, the Bears saw the Maroons get off 19 in the first period alone. The Maroons also won 21 of the 31 face-offs and won the groundball battle by 22 on Saturday afternoon.

After allowing Mason to score a program-record 10 goals in last seasonís matchup, the Bears gave up seven goals and two assists to the junior. Mason got off 20 shots in the game. Matt Duke scored a career-best five goals and added two assists for the Maroons. Madalon finished the day with 15 saves, that while allowing just six goals.

Roanoke host Cortland State, the nationís fifth ranked team, on Wednesday afternoon at 3:30pm in Salem, VA.