Maroons Hold Off Late Surge to Advance to Title Game for 20th Time
LYNCHBURG, Va. --- In a contest that
was interrupted two hours for lightning, the Roanoke College
women's lacrosse team defeated Lynchburg College, 13-12, in the Old
Dominon Athletic Conference (ODAC) semifinals. The Maroons
now sit at 11-6, while the Hornets end their season with a record
Lynchburg opened the attack, as Kendall Adkin scored at the 27:00 mark of the first half. Roanoke would take over for most of the half, going on two separate runs of four goals each. In the first run, Kathleen Wager scored two goals, with both assisted byJamie Golden. The other two goals came off assists by Allison Bonanno, one scored by Rosie Knisley and the other by Jamie Golden. Roanoke led 4-1 just 10 minutes into the game.
Lynchburg scored two more goals between 20:00 and 16:58, as Adkin scored one and Bri slate scored the other. In the Maroons' second run in the half, the goals came from Elizabeth Narwicz, Golden, and two from Bonanno. After this run, Roanoke led 8-3.
In the final three minutes of the first half, the Maroons were outscored 2-1, but still entered the locker rooms at half ahead 9-5.
Just one minute in to the second half, the game went on a delay because of lightning. Because the rule states you must wait 30 minutes from the last lightning strike, the delay lasted about two hours. Once the game resumed, Lynchburg came out hot, scoring four consecutive goals tying the game at 9-9.
After Lynchburg's run, the Maroons started to get back in the groove. With 16:50 left in the game, Kathleen Wager scored the go ahead goal, taking the 10-9 lead. Darragh Evarts followed suit a minute later, finding the back of the net. Allison Bonanno scored two goals, each within the seven minute mark, giving Roanoke the 13-9 lead.
With just five minutes left, Lynchburg wasn't out of the game, as Lesley Buckingham scored to cut the lead to three, 13-10. The Hornets were given a player-up advantage, which they capitalized on and netted one more with 2:00 left on the clock. With :10 left in the contest, Paige Gadsby scored with a player-down disadvantage to cut the deficit to one, 13-12. However, the Maroons held off the Hornets for the final 10 seconds.
Bonanno led the team with seven points on four goals and three assists. She was followed by Wager, who netted three, then Golden and Evarts who each finished with two. Golden also had three assists to her credit.
Lauren Curtin played all 60 minutes in net, and made 17 saves.
Kendall Adkin led the Hornets with five goals and one assist. Leslie Buckingham was second in goals with three.
The Maroons now move on to face Washington and Lee in the ODAC Championship game on Sunday. The game will be held in Lexington and is scheduled for a 1:00 PM start.
--- This release
is courtesy of the Roanoke College sports information department.