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Roanoke 20, Tufts 8

At Salem, VA
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Game Box Score

SALEM, Va. -- The Roanoke College men's lacrosse team defeated #5 Tufts University, 20-8, at Kerr Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. With the win the Maroons improved their record to 4-2 while the Jumbos (4-1) dropped their first game of the season.

Roanoke, who are ranked #18 in the country (USILA), netted a season-best 20 goals this afternoon and it was the highest scoring output since blanking Guilford, 20-0, last spring. They out-shot the Jumbos, 50-23, and won the ground balls battle, 68-32, including a 23-7 advantage in the second period. The Maroons were successful in all but one of their clear attempts (21-22) and won 23 of 31 face-offs.

Senior Brett Holm (Longmeadow, MA) scored the game's first goal at 10:31 of the first period and Tufts held a 3-2 advantage early in the second quarter. The Maroons' offensive attack soon exploded, scoring 13 of the next 15 goals over the next 25 minutes to put the Jumbos away. The Maroons outscored Tufts, 9-2, in the second period to give them an 11-4 advantage at the end of the first half.

With Roanoke up, 15-5 late in the third, Tufts scored two goals in the final five seconds to bring them to within eight, 15-7 to start the fourth period. Junior Jordan Yarboro (Herndon, VA) scored with five seconds left, then senior Connor Ginsberg (New Haven, CT) tallied again with two seconds left. The Jumbos scored again early in the fourth, but an illegal stick penalty negated the goal and a player was penalized for three minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The Maroons took advantage of their man-up opportunity as they scored two goals within that time frame to give them a 17-7 lead with 12:08 to go. They continued to pound away, scoring the final three goals of the period, including Matt Nicola's back-to-back goals which tied a career-high.

Billy Cameron had a phenomenal game with one goal, one assist, won 10 of 14 face-offs and a team-best 15 ground balls for Roanoke. Ashton Hotchkiss finished with team-highs of four goals and seven points, including three assists on the afternoon. Pat March scored two goals and led the Maroon attack with four assists. Matt Quinton netted four goals while Justin Tuma, Jay Troja and Nicola added two goals apiece in the win. Chas Carlson had two goals and two assists. Jake Dorsey finished with three saves for Roanoke.

Junior Matt Harrigan (Darnestown, MD) had 10 saves for Tufts, along with a team-high six groundballs. Ginsberg led the Jumbos with two goals and four shots on goal.

Tufts comes home for a key conference game against Wesleyan University on Saturday afternoon. Roanoke travels to Virginia Beach on Saturday to take on Virginia Wesleyan in their second road game of the season.