SALEM, Va. – Seventh-ranked and top-seeded Roanoke College broke open a 2-2 game with a three-goal run in the second quarter en route to posting a 10-9 victory over 12th-ranked and third-seeded Washington and Lee in the ODAC Men's Lacrosse Championship Game on Sunday afternoon at Kerr Stadium.
The Generals (15-4) knotted the game at 2-2 with 2:55 left in the opening quarter when junior midfielder Joe Wood (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville) scored unassisted on an extra-man advantage. However, the Maroons (15-3) seized control of the contest with their aforementioned run that began just seven seconds into the second period. Senior attackman Richard Lachlan scored all three goals in a span of 4:06, the last occurring man-up with 10:47 left in the half for a 5-2 lead.
Senior midfielder Cooper Brown (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) scored a pair of goals in the final 8:08 of the half, and sophomore attackman Cameron Dabir (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich./Culver Academy) scored a goal between a pair of Maroon tallies as Roanoke carried a 7-5 advantage into the half.
The Maroons pushed back out to a four-goal lead (9-5) early in the third quarter on scores by first-year attackman Tyler McWilliams and senior midfielder Mike Hayden, but the Generals climbed back to within three goals when Dabir scored unassisted at the 3:33 mark of the third quarter.
W&L sliced the RC lead to 9-7 when sophomore attackman Tyler Goldman (New York, N.Y./Loomis Chaffee) scored off an assist from Brown just 38 seconds into the final period. The Maroons made it 10-7 on a goal by first-year attackman Will Pilat at 12:58, but the Generals made a run at tying the game in the final minutes. Wood scored with 6:40 remaining and W&L made it a one-goal game (10-9) with 3:14 left when Dabir scored off a feed from Brown.
W&L received a man-up opportunity in the final two minutes, but Roanoke junior goalkeeper Charles Pease posted a save with just over a minute remaining and the Maroons possessed the ball for the rest of the game to walk away with the title.
Dabir led the Generals with four goals and one assist, scoring his 100th career point in the process. He now has 103 career points. Brown totaled two goals and two assists, and Wood finished with a pair of goals. Sophomore Warren Berenis (Ocoee, Fla./Lake Highland Prep) played the duration in goal and made nine saves. Brown, Berenis and senior defenseman Joe LaSala (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) were all named to the all-tournament team.
Lachlan paced the Maroons with four goals, while Hayden had two goals and three assists. Pilat added one goal and three assists, and Pease totaled 14 saves in goal.
Washington and Lee will now wait to find out it if will receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament which begins with the first round on Wednesday. The field will be announced this evening at 10:00 pm.