Written by Garrett Ruggieri
Alumni Weekend struck RC and sunny Salem with a wonderful crowd of past and current Maroons who were proud to wear their colors and support the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams.
During halftime of the men’s game, the 1978 RC National Championship Men’s Lacrosse Team was honored for their 40th anniversary of accomplishing the title. These men were able to stand at midfield at Kerr Stadium in front of a cheering crowd and relish their achievements.
Along with the alumni celebrations, our men’s and women’s lacrosse teams celebrated senior day for all the veterans of the programs.
The women’s lacrosse team faced off against Randolph in the early game. This match ended up being the perfect way to graduate and ride off into the sunset after a RC lacrosse career. Our Maroons dominated the game from start to finish, and the final score was 25-3. After giving up the first goal of the day, RC never blinked as they then broke free for a 13-0 run, blowing by the already shorthanded Wildcats. Nine different Maroons scored in this rout, including senior McKenna Polak.
Roanoke had a 17-1 halftime lead in this game and proceeded to roll into the second half, executing true sportsmanship by using nearly the entire 90-second before making an attempt at goal, so the score wouldn’t get out of hand. Freshman goalie Carly Schoudel had five saves in the match, putting her at 81 on the season.
Overall, the Maroons played an outstanding game and gave families, alumni, and students an exciting match to watch on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.
Our men’s lacrosse team shared the same results as well. Matching up with
Randolph-Macon, our Maroons came out of the gate flying, accumulating 3 goals in under 3 minutes.
With added goals by 8 different players, Roanoke cruised by the Yellow Jackets with a final score of 20-8. Freshman Garritt Schwarz led the attack by tallying five goals and two assists in the game. Reigning ODAC Rookie of the Year, Jason Sarro, added two goals and three assists to the charge as well.
Ian Davies enjoyed another stellar performance as he racked up eight saves in the contest. RC had a good grip on this game throughout all four quarters, and never looked back.
RC was able to honor their seniors before the game, leading to an electrifying win.