Roanoke College Advances to NCAA Div. III Quarterfinals with 15-9 Win Over Gettysburg

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Roanoke midfielder #45 Mike Hayden weaves his way through a pair of Bullet defensemen. Hayden netted three goals in the win.

Roanoke midfielder #45 Mike Hayden weaves his way through a pair of Bullet defensemen. Hayden netted three goals in the win.

by Bill Turner

Roanoke College jumped out to a 10-5 halftime lead and made the advantage hold up as the Maroons defeated Gettysburg in the second round of the NCAA Division III men’s lacrosse tournament Saturday afternoon at Donald Kerr Stadium.

Roanoke ( 16-3 ) opened a 5-1 lead halfway through the first quarter and kept the Bullets’s attack from gaining the lead the rest of the opening half. Holding the five goal lead to the start the second half, Roanoke got an assist as rain began to fall early in the third, eventually becoming a steady downpour. The Maroon defense never let Gettysburg close the gap the rest of the way.

Roanoke was led in scoring by Joey Coretti’s four goals. Mike Hayden added three scores for the Maroons, while attackman Rich Lachlan and midfielder Drew Bracken scored two goals each. It was Roanoke head coach Bill Pilat’s 250th career win. Roanoke advanced to play Stevenson ( 18-2 ) in a quarterfinal match set for Wednesday afternoon in Maryland.