ST. MARY’S CITY, Md. – No. 20 St. Mary’s (Md.) opened the 2011 campaign Sunday afternoon with a 20-7 non-conference loss to visiting No. 5 Roanoke.
St. Mary’s (0-1) opened strong by scoring two goals in less than three minutes as midfielders Gordy Long and Will Bell each found the back of the net for a 2-0 Seahawk lead at 10:52. Roanoke responded with two of its own to tie it at 5:49 before senior captain Bobby Cooke sent the Seahawks into the second period with a 3-2 lead following his goal at 1:51.
It was all Roanoke (1-0) in the second stanza as the Maroons notched four unanswered goals to head into intermission with a 6-3 advantage.
Roanoke outscored the Seahawks 6-2 in the third quarter to build its lead to seven goals. Cooke and senior captain Dennis Rosson scored for St. Mary’s in the third.
The fourth period was all the Maroons once again as Roanoke found the back the net eight times. Bell and Rosson did break through for the Seahawks in the final period.
Attackmen Noah Gibby and Jeff Keating paced the Maroon offense with four goals and two assists apiece while senior midfielder Justin Tuma added three goals and an assist.
Roanoke dominated all statistical categories for the game, taking 51 shots to the Seahawks’ 37 and scooping up 41 ground balls to 30. The Maroons also posted a 21 of 30 advantage in face-offs.
Rosson finished as the Seahawk offensive leader with two goals and an assist while Cooke and Bell both ended up with two goals each.
In goal, Seahawk junior Stu Wheeler and senior Pat Simpson split time, each making four saves in their respective half after Wheeler started the game.