March 19, 2011

Epic Run Spurs No. 9 'Noke Over Lynchburg

from press release

- Roanoke scored the final nine goals to knock off #10 Lynchburg, 14-11 Saturday evening at Shellenberger Field. The Maroons, ranked ninth in the country, improved to 5-2, 1-0 in the ODAC while the Hornets drop to 4-4, 0-1 in conference play.

The win snaps a two-game losing skid for RC, the longest since the 2008 season. It also gives the Maroons a 32-6 series lead against its conference-rival, winning their fourth-straight over the Hornets. Roanoke is now 26-5 in conference-openers.

In the conference-opener between both teams who ranked in the USILA Top-20 poll, the game was tight on paper. Roanoke, which outscored Lynchburg, 10-2 in the final period, held slim advantages in shots (40-38), groundballs (51-44) and won 18-of-28 face-offs.

Down 11-4 with just over 11-minutes left in the contest, Roanoke scored 10 of the final 11 goals, including nine-straight in a span of six minutes. Noah Gibby scored three of his team-best four goals over that span.

After Lynchburg called timeout to pull its goalie, the Maroons won the face-off and stalled the final four minutes to secure their fifth win of the season.

The historic comeback win rivals the 2007 regular season match-up against then #4 Lynchburg at Shellenberger Field in a 17-16 overtime thriller. The Maroons scored four goals in the final minute of regulation and Billy Cameron scored the game-winner just 12-seconds elapsed in overtime to knock off the Hornets.

Mike Hayden netted three goals and dished out an assist for four points on the night. Both Jeff Keating and Trey Keeley totaled three assists. Keating is now 22nd on the career scoring list (130pts) while Keeley sits at 29th (120pts). Richard Lachlan and Conner DuBois scored two goals each in the fourth quarter during that final run.

Justin Tuma finished with a goal, an assist, seven groundballs and won 10-of-17 face-off attempts. He is now tied for 32nd on the career scoring list (111pts) while his 336 career groundballs rank him fourth in that category.

Tim Hammernick won 6-of-7 face-offs with six groundballs. Drew Manley collected five groundballs followed by Michael Packo, who had three along with a team-best four caused turnovers. Michael Lintner added three caused turnovers in the conference-opening win.

The men return to action on Wednesday, March 23 as they play host to #3 Salisbury (8-0) in non-conference action. The Maroons haven't played the Sea Gulls since 2007 and are 8-15 all-time against SU. RC's last win against the Sea Gulls came in 1992 in a 15-10 victory. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Kerr Stadium.

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