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The Maroons had won 13 straight before losing to their Old Dominion Athletic Conference rival Lynchburg.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
The Roanoke College men’s lacrosse team’s long winning streak is over.
So is the team’s season.
The Maroons were ousted from the NCAA Division III men’s lacrosse tournament, falling to ODAC rival Lynchburg 12-9 in a second-round game at Kerr Stadium in Salem.
“It’s really hard to see it happen at home like this,” Roanoke goalkeeper Charles Pease said.
Roanoke (16-4), ranked seventh in the Division III poll, had won 13 straight games.
“Any time we lose, I’m surprised,” coach Bill Pilat said.
The Hornets (13-6) raced over to the stands at game’s end to celebrate in front of their fans.
The 13th-ranked Hornets, who had lost to Roanoke 9-8 at home on April 6, advanced to the quarterfinals.
“It’s a huge rivalry,” said Vin Curran, who had three goals for the Hornets. “It’s always awesome to play against Roanoke.”
Trailing 8-7 with 10:52 left in the third quarter, the Hornets scored five straight goals to build a 12-8 cushion with 2:30 to go in the fourth.
“It just snowballed,” Curran said.
“They just wore us down a little bit with so much ball possession,” Pilat said.
Curran scored with 9.4 seconds left in the third quarter to give his team the lead for good at 9-8.
Lynchburg scored two goals within a 10-second span to extend the lead to 11-8 with 13:35 left in the fourth.
Roanoke mustered just one goal in the final 25 minutes of the game.
“We kind of got away from our offense,” said Tyler McWilliams, who had two goals for Roanoke. “We were on a win streak playing a certain way. We kind of got out of the system.
“We got away from what we normally do — moving the ball around, running hard, playing fast. We stopped doing that. We didn’t get a lot of fast-break goals.
“We lost our composure.”
ODAC player of the year Richard Lachlan, who scored a team-high 53 goals for Roanoke this year, was held without a goal.
“We need him to score,” Pilat said. “They didn’t leave him. … But he still got some good shots off. He just couldn’t score.”
For just the fifth time this year, Roanoke failed to reach double digits in goals.
“We wanted to eliminate any transition goals,” Hornets coach Steve Koudelka said. “We wanted to make it a six-on-six game, and we were able to do that.”
Adam Davey had 15 saves for Lynchburg. Pease had 13 saves.
Lynchburg 3 3 3 3 — 12
Roanoke 3 3 2 1 — 9
Goals— LC: Curran 3, Armstrong 2, Sweet 2, Voumard 2, Murphy 2, Stewart; RC: McWilliams 2, Hayden, Parsons, Dishaw, Grogan, Smith, Lewis, Lintner. Assists: LC: Armstrong, Curran, Sweet; RC: Cockey, DuBois, Hayden, McWilliams. Saves: LC: Davey 15; RC: Pease 13.
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