This Saturday was “Pack the House” for the men’s lacrosse game against Lynchburg College. Roanoke beat the Hornets 13-7.Â The Maroons now have a record of 9-4, 5-1 in ODAC. Kerr stadium was filled with both Maroons and fans who had traveled with Lynchburg College.
The last time Roanoke faced Lynchburg College was in the NCAA tournament last year, where the Maroons lost 12-9. This spurred the “Unfinished Business” motto on the T-shirts handed out at the game.
The Maroons started off strong, scoring the first three goals of the game. The first goal was scored by Colin Rossano with the assist by Tyler McWilliams. McWilliams then got a score of his own, assisted by Will Plait. Lynchburg College scored their first goal six minutes into the quarter. The Hornets scored two more goals, but by the end of the quarter, the Maroons led 4-3.
The first half of the second quarter was scoreless. Kevin Jackson scored his first goal of the day, and the first goal of the second quarter for the Maroons, immediately followed by Carter on an unassisted goal. Lynchburg got their next goal just seconds after that. Going into the half, the Maroons had widened their lead and the Maroons were now up 8-4.
Lynchburg started the scoring in the second half with the first goal. K. Jackson scored the first goal for Roanoke in the half off an assist from Chad Smith. After a Lynchburg score, Joey Dishaw got an unassisted goal, his first of the day. The Maroons still had a four-point advantage over the Hornets, however, with a score at the end of the half of 10-6.
Roanoke had the first two scores of the final quarter from unassisted goals by Dishaw and K. Jackson. Lynchburg College scored once more in the game but the last goal came from Steven Jackson with the assist by James Fisher for the Maroons. The game ended with a six point victory for the Maroons, 13-7.
The game wasn’t all clean, with five penalties from Lynchburg and three from Roanoke, including one unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for each team. In the last minute of the game, Ryan Short of Lynchburg College had an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after he pushed a Roanoke player to the ground and continued to harass him. As Short was escorted by teammates to his sideline, the Roanoke players jumped and hollered. Apparently the rivalry between Roanoke and Lynchburg is alive and well.