By Emily Sierra Poertner
Men’s lacrosse destroyed Colorado College on Wednesday 18-8. This non-conference game was the Maroon’s highest scoring game and largest margin of victory this season. Roanoke improved to 4-2 on the season with the win while the Colorado College Tigers slipped to 6-2.
Roanoke was the first to score after Cameron Linsley found the back of the net with an assist from Kevin Jackson. Then, thanks to an extra-man opportunity after a penalty on the Tigers, Colin Mackenzie scored another Maroon goal. After four minutes of play, the Maroons led 2-0. The Maroons scored twice more, one from IV Stucker and one from Tyler McWilliams before allowing Colorado to score their first goal.
A few minutes later, the Tigers notched their second goal, bringing the score to 4-2. The Maroons weren’t going to let the Tigers catch up. Seventeen seconds after Colorado scored, Reid Kaminski found the back of the net. Then, before the end of the first period, McWilliams scored again, giving Roanoke a 6-2 lead.
Colorado started off the scoring in the second quarter, and Roanoke scored two more goals in the half. Mackenzie scored after another penalty by the Tigers gave the Maroons an extra-man opportunity. Will Carter made a goal with an assist from Stucker later in the quarter. After two, the Maroons led 8-3.
The Maroons started the third quarter with a goal from Will Pilat, but Colorado College answered a few minutes later. Mackenzie got his third and fourth goal of the night later in the quarter, securing a hat trick-plus one, and pushing the Maroons lead to 11-4. Jackson, who already had several assists got his only goal of the game with seven seconds left in the quarter.
Joey Dishaw, who also had several assists in the match, got his first goal to open up the fourth quarter. Chad Smith got his first goal less than a minute later, bringing the Maroons lead to 14-4. Colorado answered with two goals, one in an extra-man opportunity after a slashing penalty by Jackson Myers. The teams traded goals until the score was 17-8. Dishaw, Smith, and Kaminski all scored goals during the back and forth. In the last second of the game, Pilat found the back of the net, giving the Maroons a staggering 18-8 victory.
The Maroons didn’t let their seven penalties in the game stop their performance. While the game was never very close, they kept the energy up with dominating offence.
Mackenzie led the game in scoring with four goals and one assists. Jackson led the team with three assists, and had one goal. Kaminski, Smith, Pilat, and McWilliams each had two goals. Dylan Torry spent the entire game in the net with seven saves during the match.
Don’t miss the Maroons in another home game this Saturday against Hampden-Sydney who is currently 3-3 on the season. This ODAC matchup is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m. in Kerr.