Roanoke opened the 2012 season with a 12-6 victory over St. Mary's (MD) in non-conference action Sunday at Kerr Stadium. The Maroons, who are now 34-10 in season-openers all-time, are 1-0 while the Seahawks slip to 0-1 to start the year.
Playing in snow storm conditions, Roanoke battled St. Mary's to a slim 4-3 margin after 30 minutes of play. After John Dehm scored the opening goal, the #2 team in the country reeled off four unanswered goals to take a three-goal lead. St. Mary's closed the halftime deficit to one with back-to-back goals.
Then as the snow started to clear up, the Maroons exploded with a six-goal third quarter to spread the game wide open with a 10-4 lead. After a Seahawks goal tied the score at 4-4 just two-minutes elapsed in the second half, Roanoke closed the third quarter with six-straight goals, led by Richard Lachlan who had three goals over that span.
Roanoke, winners of six-straight over St. Mary's, are now 11-1 in the series. The men held the edge in shots (40-35), groundballs (57-43) and shots on goal (29-18). The Maroons were 2-for-3 in extra-man opportunities and were successful on 19-of-20 clear attempts.
Lachlan led Roanoke with four goals and collected six groundballs. Jeff Keating had a goal and led the Maroons with three assists and four caused turnovers. He passed his brother, Chris Keating '06 for 10th on the all-time scoring list at Roanoke.
Joey Coretti scored three goals as Mike Hayden added two in the win. Connor DuBois had a goal and two assists while Spencer Parsons dished out two assists and collected four groundballs.
Max Satossky led RC with nine groundballs and won 13-of-19 face-offs. Jeff Dube collected five groundballs and caused four turnovers. Charles Pease finished with 12 saves, earning the win in goal.
Gordy Long led SMC with three goals, followed by Patrick Mull who added a goal and an assist. Both Mull and Justin Hardy collected six groundballs while Tripp Trainor had five on the afternoon. Stu Wheeler finished with 17 saves for the Seahawks.
The men will travel to the eastern shore of Maryland next weekend as they play #1 Salisbury on Saturday, Feb. 25 at Sea Gull Stadium. It will be a rematch of last year's national semifinal and will be the game to watch as the top-two teams in NCAA Div. III face-off against each other. Game time is slated for noon.