Roanoke 18, Widener 12

May 14, 2005

SALEM, VA--Roanoke College sophomore Jon Mason tied an NCAA Division III men's lacrosse tournament record for goals in a game, scoring eight in the Maroons' 18-12 Second Round victory over Widener University on Saturday in Salem, VA. The Maroons improve to 14-2 overall on the season and will square off against Old Dominion Athletic Conference rival Lynchburg College on Wednesday afternoon at 4:00pm in Salem, VA in the quarterfinals. The win on Saturday was also Roanoke's first in the NCAA tournament since a semifinal victory over Gettysburg in 1992. Widener, the 2005 Middle Atlantic Conference champ, has its season come to an end with an 11-5 overall mark.

Mason tied the single-game record which was set by Middlebury's Adam Pascal in a game versus Washington College in the 1999 NCAA tournament. Mason scored his eight goals in Saturday's win on just 11 shots. After scoring three first half goals, Mason scored five of Roanoke's last six of the contest. He now has 70 goals on the season.

A game of runs saw the Maroons jump out to a 2-0 lead on goals from freshman Zack Thomas and Mason in the first five minutes of the game. Widener answered with three goals of their own, Gavin Goane, Brian Stromko, and Dennis Mann goals, to take a 3-2 edge with 6:16 left in the first. Roanoke answered back with four goals in a stretch of just 2:40 midway through the first to take a 6-3 lead. Widener's Alan Krawitz scored a man-up tally with 41 seconds left in the first, the first of four WU extra-man tallies.

The Pioneers cut the lead to 6-5 early in the second on a Stromko score, but the Maroons fought back with two of their own. After another Widener score, the Maroons again tallied twice to take an 8-5 lead. Goane again had a Widener response, scoring with 6:12 left in the half to make the score 8-6. But again, the Maroons scored two straight goals, taking a 10-6 lead into the break. The second of the two goals came from Mason with three seconds left. Thomas whipped a behind-the-back pass to Mason from behind the cage. Mason then scored his third of the half on a behind-the-back shot.

Widener's first three goals of the second half all came with an extra-man, the first a scored from Krawitz with 11:56 left in the third. Chris Keating scored two straight goals for the Maroons to make the score 12-7 with 7:20 left in the third. Goane again capitalized on Maroon penalty to make the score 12-8 after three quarters of play.

Mason ducked under two defenders to score the first goal of the final period and just 13 seconds later finished an Adam Leahy fastbreak pass to give the Maroons a 14-8 edge. Again, Widener went on a run to make thing interesting. Three goals in the span of 1:06 in the fourth brought the visitors to within three goals, 14-11. Stromko got a man-up score with 9:42 left, Dennis Mann finished a fastbreak pass from Todd Fairlie, and 43 seconds later Fairlie scored an unassisted goal, working his way through the Maroon defense to get WU to within three.

It was Mason that fired back for the Maroons, scoring an even goal and a man-up, scrambling pass from Keating to give the Maroons a comfortable 16-11 edge. Fairlie had another score, but Roanoke got the last two, one from Brendan Moore, the last from Mason with 48 ticks left.

In addition to Mason's eight goals, the Maroons got three goals and three assists from Zack Thomas and three goals an two assists from Tug Schroeder. Matt Madalon made just seven saves in the cage for the Maroons. Billy Cameron won 11 of his 16 face-offs, Keating five of his seven.

Fairlie finished the day with two goals and three assists, while Stromko had three scores and one assist. In the cage, the Pioneers got 10 saves from Mike Cozza.

-- Courtesy Roanoke