SALEM – The Roanoke College lacrosse team came alive in the second quarter and never looked back as the Maroons defeated Lynchburg, 12-8, to win the 2010 Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship last Sunday afternoon at Kerr Stadium in Salem. It’s the third ODAC Tournament Championship in five years for RC and the 16th overall.
The championship game was a battle of two of the top-10 teams in the country, RC fifth at 16-2 and LC 10th at 13-5. Lynchburg had won seven straight before losing Sunday afternoon’s game.
Roanoke outshot Lynchburg, 48-37, and won the groundball war (40-25) for the eighth-straight game. The win also marks the Maroons 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance, including their fifth berth in the last six years.
Lynchburg took control early in the contest, scoring three of the first four goals to grab the early 3-1 lead after the first 15 minutes of action. The Maroons offense, ranked number one in the country, came alive by scoring seven of the eight second-quarter goals and went into the half with an 8-4 advantage.
The third quarter was much like the first as the Hornets scored three of the first four goals and closed to within two, 9-7, entering the last quarter. In the fourth period, Jeff Keating scored his second goal of the contest to go up, 10-7, with 11:20 remaining. Then Lynchburg’s Max Voumard answered with a goal of his own to bring it back to within two with 8:10 left.
With 2:22 to go, Keating scored his third goal of the game off a feed from Noah Gibby to put the game out of reach. The nail in the coffin came with 51 seconds remaining as Brian Foley found Matt Quinton for a man-up goal to seal the Maroons 16th win, which is the second-most in a single-season at Roanoke.
Keating and Quinton led the Maroons in scoring with three goals each. Quinton is now 13th on the career scoring list with 177 points. His 143 career goals are fifth on the list.
Pat March had a goal and a team-best two assists, along with Trey Keeley. March is tied for second on the career goals list with 145 while his 230 points rank him fifth on the career scoring list. In addition, March tied the school-record in shots on goal (240) while his 85 career assists rank him ninth on that list.
Steve Furdock finished with two goals, giving him 98 career points. He’s two shy of becoming the 42nd member of the 100-point club at Roanoke.
Justin Tuma collected a game-best seven groundballs and won 11-of-19 face-offs. Drew Manley had five groundballs, followed by Sam Love with four.
Jake Dorsey earned his school-record 51st career win in goal for the Maroons. He collected five groundballs and had 15 saves. Dorsey now has 638 career saves, just 14 shy of passing current assistant coach and former All-American Steve Mason, a 1991 graduate, for third on the all-time list.