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Roanoke Lacrosse Pulls Away for 13-7 Win

David Noftsinger
David Noftsinger

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA – Roanoke used a big fourth quarter to pull away from the Hampden-Sydney Lacrosse team 13-7 on Saturday night.

Mike Funk (Chantilly, VA / Middleburg) scored the opening goal at 13:34, but Roanoke would tie the game off a Steven Jackson score at 11:08. The Maroons took the 2-1 lead off a man-up goal at 7:56, but a Duncan Morris (Charlottesville, VA / Christchurch) man-up score tied the game at 2-2 with 3:04 left in the first quarter. The Maroons closed the half with one man-down score and two man-up tallies to go up 5-2.

Abbot Wallenborn (Crozet, VA / Western Albemarle) drew the Tigers within two, 5-3, just under three minutes into the second quarter, but a Will Pilat man-up goal gave Roanoke a 6-3 lead at halftime.

Hampden-Sydney came out of intermission with an onslaught in the first two minutes. Morris scored just 15 seconds in, Jake Koferl (Huntersville, NC / Lake Norman) found the back of the net a minute later, and Thomas Armstrong's (Charlotte, NC / Charlotte Latin) goal at 12:59 tied the game at 6-6. Back-to-back scores from Joey Dishaw at 8:03 and 6:53 snatched momentum back for Roanoke and they took the 8-6 advantage going in to the fourth quarter.

Spencer Parsons put Roanoke back ahead by three, 9-6, at 11:43. Consecutive man-down scores just six seconds apart gave the Maroons a convincing 11-6 lead with 6:45 left in the contest.

Armstrong tallied two goals and two assists, Morris scored twice, and Koferl tacked on a goal and an assist. Jared Arntzen (Atlanta, GA / Blue Ridge (VA)) went 9-17 on face-offs, and David Noftsinger (Richmond, VA / Collegiate School) posted 14 saves. Ned Bowden (Crozier, VA / Collegiate) posted a team-high six ground balls.

Tyler McWilliams led Roanoke with three goals and two assists, and Will Pilat and Dishaw each had two goals and an assist. Charles Pease made nine saves.

Each team won 12 face-offs, but Roanoke committed six face-off violations. Roanoke excelled in man-up and man-down offense, going 4-5 on extra man opportunities and also posted three man-down scores while Hampden-Sydney went just 2-10 on EMOs. Roanoke outshot H-SC 50-38.

Hampden-Sydney travels to Randolph College on Wednesday for a 7 pm ODAC contest