The Roanoke College men’s lacrosse team advanced to the Quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III playoffs with a win over Cabrini College on Saturday afternoon in Salem. The Maroons will travel to Gettysburg, PA on Wednesday to play #2 Gettysburg College in the Quarterfinal Round. The game will be played at Gettysburg’s Musselman Stadium and will begin at 4:00pm. The winner of Wednesday’s game will advance to the NCAA Semifinals, which will be played on May 21st at a site yet to be determined.
The Maroons, the nation’s third ranked team, advanced to Wednesday game with a 17-6 home win over Cabrini College. The Maroons trailed 4-3 early in the second quarter, but scored 11 consecutive goals to take control. The win was Roanoke’s 13th all-time NCAA tournament victory. The Maroons set school records for fewest goals allowed and margin of victory in the win. Chris Keating, the 2006 Old Dominion Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Brendan Moore, and Matt Duke all scored three goals for the Maroons, while senior goalie Matt Madalon made 17 saves.
The Maroons are in the midst of a school record 13-game winning streak. Roanoke has not lost a game since a March 4th decision to #1 Salisbury University. The winning streak is the second longest in the nation, behind only Salisbury’s 60-plus game winning streak. The Maroons are also just one win shy of tying last season’s school-record 15 overall victories, this against the toughest schedule in Division III lacrosse. The Maroons have played seven nationally-ranked opponents this season and in those games own a 6-1 record.
This is the first meeting between the Maroons and the Bullets of Gettysburg College since the 1999 season. This is also only the second meeting between the two squads in the NCAA tournament. The last was a 16-15 Roanoke win in the 1992 Quarterfinals. Overall, the Bullets own a 5-3 edge in the eight meetings. Gettysburg won the last meeting 16-3 in Salem, VA. The last Maroon win came during the 1996 campaign, a 10-8 victory.
Gettysburg will enter the game with a 17-1 overall record, with that one loss coming to Salisbury. The Bullets advanced to the NCAA tournament by winning the championship of the Centennial Conference. In the Second Round, Gettysburg defeated Widener (PA) University 13-7. The Bullets have been ranked among the nation’s top-five teams all season. Behind a stout defense, the Bullets are led by junior All-American goalie Pat Vaughn. Vaughan was a Third Team All-American following the 2005 season and is again a candidate for those honors.