No. 3 Mustangs Fall Short in NCAA Quarterfinal Loss to No. 7 Roanoke, 13-12

No. 3 Mustangs Fall Short in NCAA Quarterfinal Loss to No. 7 Roanoke, 13-12

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Richard Lachlan's goal with 14 seconds remaining capped a 2-0 Roanoke run to end the game as the No. 7 Maroons posted their first victory in three games at Caves Athletics Complex Wednesday, handing No. 3 Stevenson its third loss of the season, 13-12 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship.

The win was the first in the series for Roanoke (17-3) since the inaugural meeting in 2001 and avenged a 15-14 overtime loss suffered on the same field in last year's quarterfinals.

Lachlan finished with two goals as he and teammates Jeff Keating and Joey Corretti combined for 10 of the Maroons' 13 goals, including seven of the first 10 as Roanoke took its largest lead of the game, 10-7 with 4:16 remaining in the second quarter.

However, Stevenson (18-3) would scored five of the game's next six goals to take a 12-11 advantage with 9:50 left in the fourth. After being held scoreless through the first three quarters, senior Jimmy Dailey (Westminster/Winters Mill) scored back-to-back to give the team its first lead since the 12:45 mark of the second quarter.

Corretti tied the game following his third score with 2:51 to play before the Maroons turned to their defense to set-up the game-winning goal.

With the game tied at 12, Roanoke'sEric DeLong was whistled for a push with 53 seconds remaining, giving the Mustangs the man-advantage and a chance to win the game.

Led by freshman keeper Charles Pease, the Maroons killed off Stevenson's fifth extra-man opportunity of the game with Pease making his career-best 22nd save on a shot by senior Neal Barthelme (Towson/Dulaney) which started the fast break transition for Roanoke.

On the resulting clear, Mike Hayden ran up along the Roanoke sideline before finding Lachlan in front for his team-leading 56th goal of the season, sending the Maroons to the national semifinals for the first time since 2006.

The Mustangs were 0-for-5 with the extra-man and 2-for-16 in two games in the NCAA championship.

Freshman Tony Rossi (Baltimore/Calvert Hall) and sophomore Tyler Reid (Clinton, Conn./Xavier) combined for eight of Stevenson's 12 goals as they had four each. Dailey and senior Ray Witte (Annapolis/St. Peter and Paul) each finished with two goals while senior Richie Ford (Baltimore/Towson) and junior Andrew McCrumb (Elkridge/Mount Saint Joseph) each had one assist as only two of the Mustangs' goals were assisted.

Witte also won 20-of-29 face-offs and picked up 14 ground balls.

Wednesday marked the final game for 21 seniors on Stevenson' 2011 roster who have helped the Mustangs total a 67-11 record with three NCAA championship appearances and the nation's No. 1 ranking each of the last three seasons. They also won a CAC title in 2010.

Dailey finishes his career as the school's all-time leader with 329 points and 163 assists in 78 games. He is also second with 166 goals behind Ford's 181. This season, he set the school record with 118 points and 58 assists.

Witte leaves as the program's leader with 643 career face-off wins and 347 ground balls while senior Evan Douglass (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) holds the mark with 136 caused turnovers, a record 59 of which came this season.

Meanwhile, Barthelme finished the season with a school record 73 goals, 14 more than Ford's previous record set in 2008.

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