#8 Roanoke Blasts Guilford to Go 7-0 in ODAC

GREENSBORO, N.C. Jeff Keating scored three goals and three assists in eighth-ranked Roanoke College's 29-8 men's lacrosse win at Guilford College Wednesday.

With their seventh straight victory, the Maroons (12-3, 7-0 ODAC) clinched the top seed and a first-round bye for the upcoming Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Tournament. Guilford (9-7, 2-5 ODAC) failed to qualify for the six-team tourney, but concluded its best season since 1992.

Ranked eighth in this week's United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association NCAA Division III Poll, Roanoke jumped out to an early 7-0 lead thanks to two of Richard Lachlan's three goals. The lead swelled to 16-3 late in the second quarter as the Maroons scored nine of the period's first 10 tallies. Stephen Degenhardt and Keating scored consecutive goals a mere six seconds apart in the quarter.

Leading 17-4 at halftime, Mike Hayden scored his second goal of the game nine seconds into the third quarter. It was one of Roanoke's five extra-man goals in the match.

The Quakers scored four of the match's next five goals and made it a 19-8 game on an Alex Abramson tally, but Roanoke outscored Guilford, 10-0, the rest of the way. The Maroons' Ty Roselli scored two of his three goals in that time.

Fifteen different Maroons dent the twine Wednesday, including Degenhardt, Roselli, Keating, Lachlan, Joey Coretti and Justin Tuma. With Sam Newland, Guilford's top faceoff man out of the lineup, Tuma dominated the draws, winning 24 of 28 and collecting 21 ground balls.

Guilford's Chris Sisk paced the Quakers with three goals and teammate Greg Nash added two scores and an assist. Both students are among the 19 slated to return for first-year coach Tom Carmean's club in 2012. The Quakers look to build on Guilford's finest men's lacrosse season since the 1992 club went 10-5 and won a school-record three ODAC games.

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Roanoke jumped out to a 17-4 halftime lead and cruised to a 29-8 win on the road at Guilford Wednesday afternoon. The Maroons finish the regular season with a 12-3 record, including the program's third straight undefeated record (7-0) in conference play. The Quakers are now 9-7, 2-5 in the ODAC.

The Maroons, who clinched home-field advantage throughout the conference tournament, won their 20th-straight conference game. It's the second-longest conference winning streak behind Roanoke's run of 27 straight from 1981-1989. RC is now 28-2 against Guilford, with a 20-game series winning streak.

The game belonged to the ODAC regular season champions, winning big on the stat sheet. They held advantages in shots (57-23), shots on goal (43-15), face-offs (31 of 40) and groundballs (33-13). The Maroons were 4 of 5 in man-up opportunities while successful in 13 of 15 clears.

It took six Roanoke goals before Guilford got on the scoreboard with 5:43 left in the first quarter. The Maroons went on to score 13 of the next 16 goals of the contest to as Mike Hayden's man-up goal capped the run to make it, 19-4 with 14:41 in the third.

Guilford managed to produce four of the next five goals over the next 10-minutes of play to make it 20-8. The Maroons, who are sixth in the nation in scoring, had the final 10 goals of the contest to give them their highest scoring total of the season.

Roanoke had 15 different players score in the win, led by Hayden and Jeff Keating with three goals and three assists each. Joey Coretti, Richard Lachlan, Ty Roselli and Stephen Degenhardt each had three goals each in the regular season finale.

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