May 6, 2009

Slow Start, Strong Finish for 'Noke Women

from press releases

SALEM, Va. - Down 3-2 midway through the first half, Roanoke reeled off six of the next seven goals and never looked back as they defeated Cabrini, 14-9 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Wednesday evening. The Maroons (16-4) will advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament while the Cavaliers end their season at 12-5.

With the score tied 4-4 with just over a minute remaining in the first half, two Roanoke players were given yellow cards and had to sit out for three minutes which went into the start of the second half. Gina Valles free-position goal with nine-seconds left to take a 5-4 lead at the half.

Valles continued her dominance in the second period as she scored her second man-down goal of the game within the first two minutes of the half to take a 6-4 lead. She scored three of the first four Maroon goals to take an 8-5 lead with 23:49 in the second half as Cabrini called timeout.

The Cavaliers' timeout paid off, scoring back-to-back goals to close to within one, 8-7 with 17:35 left. After Carolyn Miller and Meegan Rourke scored goals for Roanoke, Jacquelin McDermott answered with a goal of her own to make it, 10-8 at the 11:57 mark.

Mary Kate Cummings delivered the final blow for Roanoke, scoring three of the final four goals for the Maroons to seal their 16th win of the season. The 16 wins tie the 1988 team for the second-most single-season wins in school-history.

Roanoke outshot Cabrini, 40-27 and won in groundballs, 30-21. The Maroons were successful in 21-of-26 clear attempts and all four of their free-position shots.

Valles finished with three goals, one assist and three caused turnovers to lead Roanoke. Paige Mason scored two free-position goals along with two assists. Miller and Cummings scored three goals each and Rourke added two to help the Maroons in the win. 

Bianca Catta-Preta scored a goal and caused a season-best five turnovers. Katlyn Scarlett finished with nine saves, seven in the second half and collected two groundballs.

Kerri Ricker and Amand Alexandrowicz scored two goals each to lead the Cavaliers. Jamie O'Hanlon added a goal and an assist while Kate Schmid collected three groundballs, caused four turnovers and stopped 20 shots in the losing effort.

The women will travel to New Jersey to play Gettysburg College in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday, May 9. The Maroons lost last season to the Bullets, 14-2 at the World of Disney. Game time is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

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