No. 5 Roanoke Nips No. 4 Gettysburg in Overtime

GETTYSBURG, Pa. Sophomore Jeff Keating scored the game-winning goal 22 seconds into overtime and No. 5 Roanoke College held on to beat No. 4 Gettysburg College 11-10 in the second round of the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Tournament Saturday afternoon at a sunny, windy Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium. Roanoke (18-2) moves on to the quarterfinals, where it will meet No. 1 Stevenson University, a 19-9 winner over No. 8 Cabrini College in the second round.

The Maroons never trailed after opening the game on a 4-0 run. After junior Danno Lynch (Medfield, Mass./Avon Old Farms [Conn.]) sent the game into overtime when he scored with 5:02 left in regulation, Roanoke won the face-off starting the extra session. Junior Alex Berkhead came up with a loose ball on a scramble near the Gettysburg zone before tossing it ahead, giving the Maroons a fast break. Justin Tuma then dished a pass to Keating, who buried a shot from the left wing to put Roanoke in the quarterfinals for the first time since 2007.

Keating finished with four goals and one assist for the Maroons while Tuma had an outstanding all-around game, posting two goals, three assists, and 10 ground balls while leading a dominant Roanoke effort at the face-off X, where he was 14 of 18. For the game, Roanoke went 18 for 23 on face-offs. Senior Pat March added two goals for Roanoke while Junior Trey Keeley contributed one goal and one assist. Senior Jake Dorsey finished with nine saves.

Sophomore Pat Sartory (Ellicott City, Md./McDonogh School) tied a career-high with four goals to lead Gettysburg, which closes out the season 15-3. The Bullets suffered their first NCAA opening-round loss since 1999 after winning their last nine. Ironically, Gettysburg's last opening-round loss a 14-13 decision against RIT was also in overtime.

Senior Joe Brody (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) notched two goals and one assist for the Bullets. He finishes his career ranked fifth in career points (210), fifth in career goals (139), and tied for sixth in career assists (71). Junior J.C. Ward (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) added two goals for Gettysburg while sophomore John LeClerc (Acton, Mass./Tilton School [Conn.]) made 16 saves.

Roanoke held a 40-35 advantage in shots and a 40-27 surplus in ground balls. The Maroons outshot the Bullets 25-16 in the opening half and went 10 for 12 on face-offs.

The Maroons wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, with Tuma winning the opening face-off and setting up a Keating goal just seven seconds in. Tuma then added back-to-back tallies before Matt Quinton got into the act, scoring off a Keating feed with 8:47 on the clock to give Roanoke its early 4-0 lead.

Gettysburg answered with a 3-0 run of its own to climb back into it. Brody scored with 5:51 left in the first quarter, then fed Sartory for a man-up goal 36 seconds later to make it 4-2 at the end of the opening period. Ward struck 1:11 into the second quarter to cut the deficit to one.

Roanoke pushed its lead to 6-3 after goals from Keating and March before the two sides traded tallies eight seconds apart. Ward had a shot deflect off a defender and roll into the cage before Quinton struck again with 6:11 showing, making it a 7-4 game at the half.

Gettysburg pulled to within one again when it outscored Roanoke 3-1 to start the second stanza. Brody converted 1:58 into the half before Keating answered with man-up goal for the Maroons. But Sartory and junior Andrew Ryan (Palm Beach, Fla./Westminster School [Conn.]) struck 1:16 apart, with Ryan's tally making it 8-7 with 1:11 on the third-quarter clock. Junior defenseman Tommy Barnett (Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick School) picked up his first career point on Sartory's goal, setting it up with an outlet pass down the left sideline.

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2010-05-15



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