Roanoke Defeats W&L Men's Lacrosse, 14-12

Roanoke Defeats W&L Men's Lacrosse, 14-12

LEXINGTON, Va. – Roanoke senior midfielder Jeff Keating (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) scored three goals and assisted on four others as the 13th-ranked Maroons defeated Washington and Lee, 14-12, in ODAC men's lacrosse action on Wednesday evening at Wilson Field.

The Maroons (8-3, 3-1) jumped out to a 3-1 lead following the first period on the strength of two goals by senior attackman Joey Coretti (East Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids), both of which were assisted by Keating.

W&L (6-7, 2-3) junior midfielder Luke Heinsohn (Charlottesville, Va./Covenant) and junior attackman Mac Means (Sewickley, Pa./Sewickley Academy) sandwiched goals around a single Roanoke tally to cut the deficit to 4-3 with 9:50 to play in the second quarter, but a trio of Maroon goals over the next 3:41 stretched the Roanoke lead out to 7-3 with 6:09 left in the half.

The Generals ended the second quarter with three of the game's next four goals, including man-up goals 13 seconds apart by senior midfielder Sam Mott (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South) and Means, both assisted by senior attackman Scott Meehan (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Manlius-Pebble Hill), to make it a two-goal (8-6) game at the break.

W&L opened the second half scoring when Heinsohn tallied an unassisted goal just 1:27 into the third period, but the Maroons responded with a fast-break goal by senior midfielder Brian Ingold (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) just 1:20 later for a 9-7 lead.  First-year midfielder Garrett Paglia (Forest Hill, Md./Gilman) found rope unassisted at 7:25, but Roanoke used a three-goal run for a 12-8 with 2:10 left in the penultimate quarter.

Junior midfielder Jack Switala (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) scored man-up from first-year attackman Cameron Dabir (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich./Culver Academy) with 38 seconds left in the third period and Meehan scored unassisted at 13:07 of the fourth period to make it a 12-10 game.

The Generals would get no closer than two goals the rest of the way, however, as Keating scored twice in the final 11:22 to hold off W&L and give Roanoke its fourth straight win in the series.

For the game, Roanoke held a slight 38-37 edge in shots and a 35-34 advantage in ground balls.  W&L won 20-of-30 faceoffs led by sophomore midfielder Jared Mitchell (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City), who took every draw for the Generals.

Meehan led the W&L offense with one goal and four assists, while Dabir had two goals and one assist.  Switala, Mott, Means and Heinsohn added two goals each.  First-year Warren Berenis (Ocoee, Fla./Lake Highland Prep) played all 60 minutes in goal and recorded eight saves.

Keating paced Roanoke before being ejected for multiple unsportsmanlike conduct penalties with nine seconds remaining in the contest.  Junior midfielder Mike Hayden (Vienna, Va./James Madison) logged two goals and one assist, while Coretti, Ingold and senior attackman Reid Mayberry (Annandale, Va./W.T. Woodson) all scored two goals.  Junior goalkeeper Mike Hardon (Devon, Pa./The Gunnery) played a majority of the game between the pipes, making 12 saves with 10 goals allowed in 55:19.  Sophomore Charles Pease (Landisville, Pa./Hempfield) played 4:41 and had one save with two goals allowed.

Washington and Lee will now break for finals before returning to action against Virginia Wesleyan at Wilson Field on April 14 at 1:00 pm.