April 16, 2011

Down Six After Three Quarters, #8 Roanoke Scores 17-15 Win Over Hampden-Sydney

SALEM, VA - The #8 Roanoke College Maroons were down 14-8 after three quarters of play, but the Maroons scored nine unanswered fourth quarter goals to score the 17-15 win over Hampden-Sydney College in ODAC play on Saturday afternoon. Earlier in the season, Roanoke scored 10 fourth quarter goals against Lynchburg to record a 14-11 comeback win.
 
The Tigers were the hot team in the first quarter as they were up 7-3 after the first 15 minutes of play.Eric Gorsline (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Academy) got the scoring started at 13:53, but Jeff Keating answered back with a goal at 11:45 to tie the game. Nate Cundy (Midlothian, VA/James River) and Ben Clarke (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Academy) scored back-to-back goals in less than 30 seconds to push the Tigers ahead 3-1 with 9:06 left in the quarter. Carter Mavromatis (Virginia Beach, VA/Cape Henry) added another score at 5:45. Richard Lachlan ended the 3-0 Tiger run by finding the back of the net 10 seconds later, then Reid Mayberry made it a 4-3 game on a goal right after the face-off. Cole Hawthorne (Richmond, VA/Collegiate) returned the favor, posting a goal off the next face-off to push the lead out to 5-3 with just over five minutes remaining. Brad Mostowy (Atlanta, GA/Trinity Pawling)easily won the ensuing face-off as he scooped the ground ball, ran down the left side of the field, and turned the corner to cut in front of the net for the goal to make it a 6-3 contest. Hawthorne then contributed with another goal with 58 ticks left to provide the final 7-3 first quarter margin.
 
The offensive explosion halted in the second quarter as H-SC would hold on to the ball for several minutes on several possessions, forcing the referees to issue the stall warning on numerous occasions. Trey Kelley, after being inactive for the first quarter, made his impact felt early, depositing a goal at the 13:49 mark. However, that would be the last score for Roanoke in the half. Hampden-Sydney failed to capitalize on their huge time of possession advantage for most of the quarter, but a Micah Keller (Richmond, VA/Christchurch) man up goal at 1:49 and a Gorsline goal with 20 seconds remaining sent the Tigers into halftime up 9-4.
 
The scoring picked back up after intermission, as nine goals were scored in the third quarter with Hampden-Sydney scoring five. Keating wasted no time getting in on the scoring action, posting a goal at the 14:09 mark. Keller opened the second-half Tigers scoring with a goal at 12:50, but Keating responded with a man up goal two minutes later. Neither team would score over the next five minutes, however. At the 5:55 mark, Justin Tuma registered a man down goal, but Cundy answered back 54 seconds later, making it an 11-7 match. Keating added on another man up goal at 4:26, but Hawthorne deposited a goal 21 seconds later to push the score to 12-8. Mavromatis and Ryan Martin (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) tallied the last two goals of the quarter to give the Tigers a 14-8 lead with 15 minutes left to play.
 
The Maroons took over in a big way in the fourth quarter by winning nearly every face-off and limiting Hampden-Sydney's time of possession by forcing them into turnovers. Roanoke won the first three face-offs of the quarter and scored three goals in the first minute, cutting the lead to 14-11. The Maroons attacked quieted for a few minutes, but Keating scored yet again at the 10:35 mark, making it just a 14-12 game.
 
Hampden-Sydney won the next face-off, but Clarke had his shot saved and Roanoke turned over the ball. Keller sent his shot off the post, but Clarke picked up the ground ball and Charles Pease made another save. The Maroons got possession of the ball, and Tuma scored at 7:12, and Mike Hayden scored the tie maker with 6:24 to play. Roanoke recorded another face-off win and Hayden scored his second consecutive goal just nine seconds later to go up 15-14. Richard Lachlan put Roanoke up two, 16-14, at the 5:12 mark, and Keating continued his scoring tear by torching the net again with just 1:26 left. Gorsline scored the Tigers final goal on an extra man opportunity with five ticks left on the clock. 
 
The Maroons had huge fourth quarter advantage in shots (20-5), ground balls (16-8), face-offs (won 8-of-11), clears (5-5 vs. 2-8 for H-SC), and turnovers (five compared to eight for H-SC). 
 
Hawthorne and Gorsline each tallied a hat trick while Hawthorne tacked on two assists. Mavromatis contributed two goals and four assists. Keller had two scores and one helper while Cundy tacked on two goals. Mostowy was 17-35 on face-offs with 11 ground balls, one goal, and two caused turnovers. Cody Hornung (Bala Cynwyd, PA/Lower Merion) had 10 saves and six ground balls while Nate Norbo (Waterford, VA/Loudon Valley) corralled four ground balls.
 
Keating had six goals and two assists to lead the Maroons while five other players had two goals. Tuma went 16-29 on face-offs with 18 ground balls, two goals, and one assist and Kelley was 3-6 at the X with two goals, two assists, and four ground balls. Alex Burkhead had five caused turnovers and five ground balls.
 
For the game, H-SC was outshot 56-30 with Roanoke having a 48-29 advantage in ground balls. Hampden-Sydney was just 14-26 on clears with 25 turnovers, compared to 16-17 for the Maroons and 15 turnovers.
 
Hampden-Sydney will host Christopher Newport University on Wednesday at 4 p.m. Prior to the game, the Tiger seniors will be recognized for Senior Day.