Hornets fall to Rival Roanoke 13-7

Austin Stewart

For immediate release – 4/5/2014 - #298
Hornets fall to Rival Roanoke 13-7

SALEM, VA – Kevin Jackson scored five goals and Charles Pease made 10 saves to lead Roanoke College over the Lynchburg College men's lacrosse team on Saturday.  It was the first loss for the #9 Hornets in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) play this year.

The Maroons started the game off quickly, taking an early 3-0 lead less than five minutes into the game.  LC finally got on the board at 9:15 as Aaron Murphy fired a shot past the RC goalie.  Roanoke regained its three-goal lead at the 6:51 mark of the first quarter as Tyler McWilliams tallied his first of the game.  Lynchburg responded with the last two goals of the quarter.  David Alyanakian scored his first of the afternoon and Chris Hower put one in the back of the cage with only one second left.

However, Roanoke controlled the second quarter, outscoring the Hornets 4-1, with Murphy the only Hornet to score in the quarter, giving the Maroons a 8-4 lead at the intermission.

LC responded quickly coming out of the break, with Austin Stewart notching his first of the game at 12:49.  Over the next several minutes, the goalies took control, each making a series of saves.  But it would not last as each team were given man-up opportunities.  Kevin Jackson scored off a pass from Chad Smith to put RC back up by four, and Campbell Armstrong responded less than two minutes later to bring Lynchburg back within three.  The Maroons regained their four-goal lead after Joey Dishaw put his first of the day in the back of the cage, and the Hornets would get no closer for the rest of the game.

Dishaw scored his second of the game and Kevin Jackson tallied his fifth to give Roanoke a 12-6 lead.  Todd Galvin scored at 5:45 but it would be for naught as Steven Jackson finished off the scoring at 2:29 to give RC the 13-7 decision.

Max Kraus picked up a game-high five groundballs for the Maroons (9-4 overall, 5-1 ODAC).  Eric Lombardo scooped up five groundballs as well and picked up his first point in a Hornets uniform with an early assist.  Both teams were very proficient in clears, with RC finishing 19-20 and LC being perfect on all 14 chances.  Andrew Fawkes made 10 saves in the loss.

Lynchburg (7-4, 2-1) continues its three-game road trip on Wednesday.  The Hornets head across town to take on ODAC rival Randolph College (3-5, 0-3) for a 7 p.m. start time.