Roanoke lacrosse advances in NCAA tournament

The Roanoke College women's lacrosse team advances to the NCAA regionals after a big 14-9 win over Cabrini on Wednesday night. The Maroons (16-4, 8-0 ODAC) now face Gettysburg College. Game time is 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 9. The NCAA regionals are hosted by The College of New Jersey.

Roanoke men's lacrosse will play Denison at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 9 at Kerr Stadium in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner will advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals on May 13. Fans unable to make it to Kerr for Saturday's game can watch live online. Visit

It is the first time since the 2007 season that both teams made the NCAA tournament. Both teams have accumulated a combined 33 wins, which is arguably the most successful year for Roanoke lacrosse. The women's team is currently ranked #17 in the IWLCA Div. III Top-20 poll and the men's team, which has been ranked as the #1 team in the nation in the same poll over the past three weeks, earned an at-large bid as the #2 overall seed and a first-round bye. It was the first at-large bid for the program since 2005.

Roanoke women v. Cabrini

Down 3-2 midway through the first half, Roanoke reeled off six of the next seven goals and never looked back.

Gina Valles continued her dominance in the second period as she scored her second man-down goal of the game within the first two minutes of the half to take a 6-4 lead. She scored three of the first four Maroon goals, as Roanoke took an 8-5 lead with 23:49 in the second half before Cabrini called timeout.

The Cavaliers' timeout paid off. Off of it, they scored back-to-back goals to come within one. The score was 8-7 with 17:35 left to play. After Carolyn Miller and Meegan Rourke scored goals for Roanoke, Jacquelin McDermott answered with a goal of her own to make it, 10-8 at the 11:57 mark.

Mary Kate Cummings delivered the final blow for Roanoke, scoring three of the final four goals for the Maroons as they sealed their 16th win of the season. The 16 wins tie the 1988 team for the second most single-season wins in school history.

Roanoke outshot Cabrini, 40-27 and won in groundballs, 30-21. The Maroons were successful in 21-of-26 clear attempts and all four of their free-position shots.

Valles finished with three goals, one assist and three caused turnovers to lead Roanoke. Paige Mason scored two free-position goals along with two assists. Miller and Cummings scored three goals each, and Rourke added two to help the Maroons in the win.

Bianca Catta-Preta scored a goal and caused a season-best five turnovers. Katlyn Scarlett finished with nine saves, seven in the second half and collected two groundballs.

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Released: May 7, 2009
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