ROANOKE BATTLES RANDOLPH-MACON TO A 9-8 WIN IN THE ODAC TOURNAMENT SEMIFINALS (4/28)
LEXINGTON, Va. – Roanoke sophomore defender Kayla Moore (Ithaca, N.Y./Millbrook) registered the game-winning goal with 37.9 seconds remaining in the contest to lift the third-seeded Maroons over second-seeded Randolph-Macon, 9-8, in the semifinals of the 2007 ODAC Women's Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Watt Field.
Roanoke (14-2) opened the scoring in the first stanza with an unassisted tally from junior attacker Amanda Hutchins (Guilford, Conn./Guilford) at 25:19, but R-MC's senior midfielder Traci Phipps (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) evened the score by making good on a free position shot just 1:09 later. The Maroons then reeled off three-straight goals, including another score from Hutchins to take a 4-1 lead with 13:15 left in the initial period. The Yellow Jackets would cut the RC lead to 4-3 off unassisted goals from freshman midfielder Kelly Cramer (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle) and senior midfielder Lizzy Spero (Phoenix, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel), but the Maroons closed out the half with two unanswered goals to take a 6-3 lead into the break.
RC scored the first goal of the second half to take a 7-3 lead with 28:05 to play, but Randolph-Macon (10-5) mounted a comeback, scoring the next four goals to tie the game at 7-7 with 19:13 left. Freshman midfielder Brooks Laufman (Annapolis, Md./Severn) gave the Maroons a 8-7 lead at the 16:03 mark, but Cramer found the back of the net with 10:15 left to tie the contest once again (8-8) and set-up Moore's game-winner.
Hutchins led Roanoke with three goals, while senior midfielder Chelsea Rankin (Columbus, Ohio/ Thomas Worthington) registered two goals and one assist. Moore added a pair of goals and Laufman posted one goal and one helper. Sophomore goalkeeper Katlyn Scarlett played the entire contest and racked up 15 saves, including several point-blank stops in the finals minutes.
Randolph-Macon was paced by Cramer's three goals and one assist and Spero, who recorded two scores. Phipps contributed one and one assist and senior goalkeeper Lindsay Schabert (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford) saw the entire game between the pipes, stopping 13 shots.
Roanoke will take on Washington and Lee in the finals of the 2007 ODAC Women's Lacrosse Tournament on Sunday at 3:00 pm at Watt Field.
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