Roanoke Hangs on for 13-12 Win at LC in ODAC Semis

For immediate release – 5/2/2012 - #390
Roanoke hangs on for 13-12 Win at LC in ODAC Semis

LYNCHBURG, VA – There just wasn't enough time remaining on the clock Wednesday evening as the second-seeded Roanoke College women's lacrosse team held on for a 13-12 win over Lynchburg College in the semifinals of the 2012 Old Dominion Athletic conference (ODAC) Tournament.

Roanoke started the first half strong, opening a 4-1 lead nine minutes in. Junior Kendall Adkin and sophomore Bri Slate each found the back of the net to pull LC back to 4-3. The Maroons went on a 4-0 run, with two goals by Allison Bonanno to go ahead by five. Slate scored again with four minutes left in the half, but Roanoke answered right back a minute later. LC ended the half with a goal by Adkin to go into intermission down 9-5. A lightning delay just 1:30 into the second half pushed back play for nearly two hours.

When play resumed, the Hornets quickly took control, scoring the next four goals, two from Adkin and two from senior Lesley Buckingham, to tie the game at nine with 16:16 left. The Maroons countered with a 4-0 surge of their own, with two tallies coming from Bonanno.

Down 13-9 with just over five minutes on the game clock, LC fought back. Buckingham found the back of the net and three minutes later Adkin assisted junior Sarah Shannon on a man-up goal to cut the deficit to two. A yellow card at the 1:50 mark forced LC to go the remainder of the game a player down, but sophomore Paige Gadsby would score with 9.1 seconds left. LC won the ensuing draw control, but couldn't get into scoring position as time expired.   

Adkin had five goals for LC (11-7) and added one assist. Buckingham had three goals and one assist and Slate had a goal and a helper. Freshman Katie Seidel had two assists and junior Julie Will snared six draw controls, while Buckingham grabbed five.

Bonanno tallied five goals and three assists for Roanoke (11-6) while Kathleen Wager had three scores. Lauren Curtin made 17 saves in net.

Roanoke goes on to play top-seeded Washington & Lee University this weekend for the ODAC Title, with a day and time to be determined. The Generals defeated #4 Guilford College 18-10 in the day's other semifinal matchup.