No. 5 Roanoke Nips No. 4 Gettysburg in Overtime

March scored off a Quinton assist with 50 seconds remaining as Roanoke carried a 9-7 lead into the fourth quarter. Sartory converted two more extra-man goals at the start of the fourth quarter, with senior Kyle McGrath (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) assisting on the first, to make it a 9-9 game with 11:24 to go. Keeley put Roanoke ahead with 10:31 left before Lynch's runner from the left wing tied it again.

The Maroons won the ensuing face-off and held the ball for over two minutes before LeClerc stopped a Tuma shot with 2:57 remaining. Brody had a good look at the goal after a clear, but his straightaway fast-break shot rattled off the crossbar, and Chase Phelps came up with the ground ball for Roanoke.

Roanoke had possession with 1:34 when it called its final timeout, but turned it over 29 seconds later, as Brody scooped up the loose ball before misfiring on another shot in transition. The Bullets took their last timeout with 20 ticks showing, but were unable to get off a shot before the horn.

McGrath finishes his career tied for 19th on Gettysburg's career points list with 137 on 96 goals (14th all-time) and 41 assists.

See final page for box score.

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GETTYSBURG, Va. -- Sophomore attack Jeff Keating became the 42nd Maroon to cross the 100-point plateau on Saturday afternoon, with his last point arguably his most important. Keating scored the game-winning goal in overtime to send Roanoke College past Gettysburg College, 11-10, in the second round of the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Tournament in Gettysburg, Pa.

Keating's goal came just 0:22 into extra time. After Justin Tuma won the opening face-off, Alex Burkhead secured the ground ball and fed back to Tuma. The junior midfielder then found Keating who deposited his fifth shot of the game past keeper John LeClerc for the deciding goal.

The Maroons, ranked fifth in the latest USILA poll, improve to 18-2 while the fourth-ranked Bullets fall to 15-3. The win for the Maroons, their ninth straight, marks a program and ODAC record 18, and also evens head-to-head series with Gettysburg at 5-5. Roanoke is 3-0 against the 2009 national finalists in NCAA postseason play with each victory decided by one goal (16-15 in 1992, 13-12 in 2006.). The win is also the first NCAA tournament road victory for RC since defeating Gettysburg in 2006.

The Maroons move on to face top-ranked Stevenson University in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, May 19. The Mustangs (18-1) defeated Cabrini College, 19-9, earlier on Saturday. Roanoke and Stevenson squared off during the regular season. SU got the best of RC on that day, winning 18-9.

For more information on the NCAA tournament, visit www.ncaa.com. Click HERE to view the interactive tournament bracket.

The Maroons won the ground ball competition with Gettysburg, securing 40 loose balls to the Bullets' 27. Face-offs proved a major tool for RC as it won 18 of 23 including 6 of 6 in the fourth quarter and overtime. Roanoke converted 1 of 4 extra-man opportunities while Gettysburg converted 3 of 6 chances.

Roanoke opened scoring against Gettysburg with four unanswered goals, including one in the first seven seconds of play by Keating off a feed from Tuma. The time of Keating's goal was just one second slower than the NCAA Division III record for quickest goal from the start of the game.

Tuma continued to rack up the points in the first period as he scored a pair of unassisted goals to put Roanoke ahead, 3-0, with 9:36 to go in the frame. Matt Quinton made it 4-0 Maroons via a pass from Keating.

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