Washington And Lee vs. Roanoke
May 2, 2004
The Game Story:
LEXINGTON, VA--The Roanoke College men's lacrosse team lost to Washington & Lee University 11-8 on Sunday afternoon in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship game in Lexington, VA. The Maroons fall to 10-5 on the season, while the Generals, who receive the ODAC's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament improve to 13-3 on the year.

The difference in Sunday's game was the goaltending of Washington & Lee keeper Ansel Sanders. Sanders finished the game with 13 saves, including nine in the first half, five in the second quarter. The Maroons held a shot advantage in two of the four quarters, with the first seeing both teams getting off eight shots. The Generals, behind the nine first half Sander's saves, jumped out to a 6-0 lead, 4-0 after one, and 6-0 10 minutes into the second quarter. The Maroons could not get on the scoreboard until 2:48 remained in the opening half. Adam Saunders scored an unassisted goal to make the score 6-1 in W&L's favor. The Maroons ended the half on a 3-0 run to make the score at the break 6-3.

Dan Reed opened the second half scoring for the Maroons to make the score 6-4, and Chris Keating tallied with 7:42 left in the third to bring the Maroons to within one, 6-5. The Generals responded with the last two goals of the third to take an 8-5 lead heading into the fourth.

Jeff Pattison brought the Maroons to within 8-6 with the first goal of the fourth period. That would be as close as the visitors would get, however. With the Maroons pushing out defensively, the Generals scored three staight goals to make the score 11-6 with just over four to play. The Maroons were able to get two more goals before the final buzzer, one from Kris Davis, the other from Jon Mason.

Overall, the Maroons held a 38-29 lead in the shots column and a 43-25 lead on the groundball list. The Maroons also won 16 of the game's 22 face-offs, 14 of those wins coming from senior Colin Burke, who lost just five on the day. Washington & Lee took more shots in the third (10-8) and trailed in the groundball column in all but one quarter, the third (9-9).

Mason finished the game with two goals and in the process set a new Roanoke College rookie goal scoring record. He has 41 on the season, breaking the old mark of 40 which was set by Kin Nevitt during the 1974 season. Davis scored twice and added an assist. Both were named to the All-Tournament team, as was Chris Keating. Pat Hurley assisted on two of Roanoke's three first half goals.

The Maroons have a shot at receiving one of the two at-large berths to the NCAA Division III tournament. The Maroons will have to wait until Sunday, May, 9th to find out if they will get one of the two slots.