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The senior attackman scored the game winner as Roanoke College slipped past rival W&L.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
When your parents travel 3,000 miles to see you play, it’s best to give them something to remember.
Richard Lachlan, a senior attackman from British Columbia, scored the game-winning goal Saturday at Kerr Stadium as 13th-ranked Roanoke College defeated No. 9 Washington and Lee, 9-8.
It was one of a game-high three goals for Lachlan, who was escorted to midfield by his parents during pre-game ceremonies.
“They get to see more than you’d think,” Lachlan said. “My dad has business in Chesapeake, so he’s gotten to see me about five times this year. But, most years, they’re only here together for one game.”
Lachlan has 43 goals this season and 178 goals for his career, good for second place on the Maroons’ all-time list behind another Canadian, Jon Mason.
“This was a typical game for him,” Roanoke coach Bill Pilat said. “I think Richard’s a very underrated player. I think he should have been an All-American last year.
“Maybe this year, he’ll get his due.”
With its 10th straight victory, the Maroons (13-3, 9-0 Old Dominion Athletic Conference) clinched the top seed for the ODAC tournament and will receive a first-round bye.
They also would be home for the semifinals and for the final, if they get that far. Pilat realizes that Roanoke may not have seen the last of Washington and Lee, which has regular-season games remaining with Shenandoah and Hampden-Sydney.
Neither team had more than a one-goal lead Saturday, and the score was tied eight times. An unassisted goal by faceoff specialist Jared Mitchell, his first of the season, gave W&L (11-3, 5-2) its final lead at 8-7 with 9:46 left.
The Generals subsequently were called for pushing with 9:46 left and Roanoke needed only 23 seconds to tie the score on a man-up goal by freshman Will Pilat, the coach’s son, with 9:23 left.
Lachlan’s game winner came on a pass from another of Roanoke’s 10 seniors, Mike Hayden, with 5:09 left.
Roanoke junior goalie Charlie Pease had four of his 10 saves in the fourth quarter, maybe the biggest on a laser shot by W&L’s Luke Heinsohn with 48.9 seconds left.
However, the save that Generals’ coach Gene McCabe will remember was turned in by Roanoke defenseman Troy Grogan. Pease was caught out of the goal when Grogan used his long stick to stop W&L’s Mac Means from close range.
“If there’s one play I will take away from this game, that would be it,” said McCabe, whose Generals led 3-2 at the time. “That would have given us a little bit of a gap there, but against Roanoke you can never rest easy.”
Both of W&L’s conference losses have come by a 9-8 margin .
Grogan’s day included his second goal of the season and he also held the Generals’ second-leading scorer, Cameron Dabir , without a point.
“Another Canadian,” said Pilat of Grogan, a 6-foot, 190-pound sophomore from Ontario.
It was the sixth one-goal game between the Generals and Maroons since McCabe’s arrival in Lexington in 2007.
“Our games have always been competitive,” Lachlan said, “but we’ve never played one as back-and-forth as this one.”
Roanoke had to withstand a late W&L barrage as the Generals called three timeouts to set up plays in the final 1:10.
“We beat Lynchburg by one, we beat Hampden-Sydney by one and we beat W&L by one,” said Pilat, whose Maroons also edged non-conference Stevenson 14-13 in overtime. “How’s that for parity!”
Washington and Lee 3 0 4 1 — 8
Roanoke 2 2 2 3 — 9
W&L (Goals-assists), Switala 2-1, Means 2-0, Paglia 1-1, Goldman 1-0, Wood 1-0, Mitchell 1-0, Heinsohn 0-2, Brown 0-1.
Roanoke, Lachlan 3-0, Cockey 2-1, Dubois 1-3, Pilat 1-1, Grogan 1-0, Wolf 1-0, Hayden 0-1.
Saves — W&L 14 (Beneris), Roanoke 10 (Pease).
Ground balls — W&L 25, Roanoke 20
Faceoffs — W&L 12, Roanoke 9
Penalties — W&L 2 for 1:00, Roanoke 5 for 3:30.
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