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Maroons Score Five Unanswered Fourth Quarter Goals as #16 Roanoke Lax Beats H-SC 12-11

Jess Hawthorne
Jess Hawthorne

SALEM, VA - The #16 Roanoke College Maroons scored the last five goals of the game to steal a 12-11 win in Salem against Hampden-Sydney.

The Tigers scored five of the first six goals of the second-half to take a 11-7 lead with 10:27 left in the game and looked to be on their way to be a big upset win on the road on Roanoke's Alumni weekend, but the Maroons showed their penchant for comebacks yet again. Seth Fortmann got the comeback started with a goal at 7:30, and following a too many players on the field penalty for 30 seconds, Will Pilat buried a goal with just two seconds remaining on the penalty to make it an 11-9 contest with 4:19 to go. Richard Lachlan recorded back-to-back scores at 3:47 and 2:29, and Tyler McWilliams punched in the eventual game-winner just 15 seconds later. Jess Hawthorne (Richmond, VA / Collegiate) got off two strong shots in the final two minutes, but Roanoke goalkeeper Charles Pease made two outstanding saves to clinch the win.

Hampden-Sydney was on fire for the first quarter. With the game tied at 3-3 with 4:59 left in the opening frame, Hawthorne, James Hughes (Raleigh, NC / Middle Creek), and Thomas Armstrong (Charlotte, NC / Charlotte Latin) recorded the next three goals to give the Tigers a 6-3 lead after 15 minutes of play. Roanoke put the Tiger attack on lockdown in the second quarter and scored the only three goals of the stanza, including the game-tying goal with 12 seconds left to make it 6-6 at halftime.

Hampden-Sydney flipped the story of the second quarter, holding Roanoke scoreless in the third while Abbot Wallenborn (Crozet, VA / Western Albemarle) and Hawthorne each scored to make it an 8-6 Tiger lead going into the final quarter. Mike Funk (Chantilly, VA / Middleburg) started off the fourth with a goal, but Spencer Parsons ended the Maroon drought with a goal at 12:44 to make it 9-7. Hawthorne and Eric Gorsline (Virginia Beach, VA / Norfolk Academy) then each found the back of the net in less than a minute to make it an 11-7 Hampden-Sydney advantage before Roanoke staged their comeback.

Hawthorne had a game-high four goals while Armstrong contributed a game-best five points on one goal and four assists. Hughes posted two goals, and Funk tallied a goal and an assist. Austin Black (Dallas, TX / Plano) added on team-highs of four caused turnovers and six ground balls, and David Noftsinger (Richmond, VA / Collegiate School) tacked on 10 saves.

Conner DuBois paced Roanoke with three scores while Parsons and Lachlan each had two goals. McWilliams, Pilat, and Fortmann contributed a goal and an assist. Pease was stout in net, recording 16 saves. Clarke Lewis won 14-of-22 face-offs and scooped seven groundballs.

Roanoke turned over the ball 21 times as opposed to 17 for Hampden-Sydney, but the Maroons won 15 of the game's 26 face-offs and held a 41-33 advantage in ground balls. The Tigers outshot Roanoke 40-34. Man-down offenses proved efficient on the day as Hampden-Sydney was 3-6 and Roanoke was 2-3.

The Tigers return home for a Wednesday night contest against Randolph College at 7 pm.