On Saturday, the men’s lacrosse team won their first game of the season 24-9 against the Berry College Vikings.
Kevin Jackson, junior, scored the first goal for the Maroons during an extra-man opportunity in the opening few minutes of the game. Berry College tied it up a few minutes later. Roanoke followed by going on a five run streak. Tyler McWilliams, senior, scored four of the goals with assists by Will Pilat, senior. Matthew Lintner, freshman, scored the other goal in a man-up situation, with the assist coming from McWilliams.
The Maroons were able to maintain a steady lead over the Vikings, ending the first quarter 9-3. The Maroons kept up the scoring in the second quarter with five points and keeping Berry College to only one score. Each of the five points came from five different Maroons. Lintner, Pilat, McWilliams, Jackson, and IV Stucker, sophomore, all found the back of the net.
Going into the second half, Roanoke had a solid 14-5 lead over the Vikings. In the opening minute of the third quarter, Max Kraus, senior, got his first goal of the season. Lintner dominated the field scoring three goals for the Maroons. Colin Mackenzie, senior, was also able to record his first goal of the season. Roanoke held Berry College to only three points, putting the Maroons up 19-8 heading into the final quarter.
Roanoke had a four run streak in the fourth quarter. Mackenzie, Jackson, Brendan Devane, freshmen, and Daniel Kravit, sophomore, each scored during the run. After several attempts at the net, Berry College finally got on past the goalie halfway through the quarter for their final score.
The final goal for the Maroons came from Ryan Sullivan, freshmen, assisted by Danny Serafin, sophomore, with two minutes left in the game. With a final score of 24-9, Roanoke clearly outmatched the Vikings.
The Maroons were lead in scoring by McWilliams who had five goals coming from seven shots and four assists. Jackson and Lintner followed behind, each notching four goals.
While the Maroons committed more penalties (eight total, resulting in 6:30 of man-down time) they were able to capitalize on Berry’s relatively few.
On Thursday the Maroons played their first home game resulting in a much closer 8-7 win over Denison University.
This Saturday the Maroons will host Sewanee University at 2:00 PM on Kerr Field.