GREENSBORO, N.C. – Will Pilat scored five goals and Tyler McWilliams added four in Roanoke College’s 17-5 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) lacrosse win at Guilford College Wednesday.
The Maroons (9-5, 6-2 ODAC) captured their third straight win and ended the Quakers’ (9-3, 3-3 ODAC) season-best four-game winning streak.
McWilliams netted each of his goals in the first half, which helped Roanoke build an 8-2 second-quarter advantage. Guilford’s Cam Davis and Daniel Hughey closed out the first-half scoring, which drew the Quakers to within 8-4 at halftime.
Rufus Terry set up Chandler Zirkle for Guilford’s third consecutive tally, which opened the second-half scoring and made it an 8-5 contest. Roanoke’s I.V. Stucker answered less than a minute later to set off a 9-0 game-ending run. Pilat netted four of his goals down the stretch and Colin Mackenzie added two scores and two assists.
Pilat added a fourth-quarter assist and finished with a game-high six points, plus five ground balls that shared team-high honors with Conn Curry. Mackenzie dished out a game-best four assists and also had six points. MacWilliams totaled five points on four goals and one assist. Kevin Jackson contributed a goal and three helpers. Curry’s three caused turnovers paced a solid defensive effort that forced 29 Quakers’ miscues, their most in a game since 2013. Dylan Torrey had seven stops in goal.
Five different Quakers scored in the game: Davis, Hughey, Zirkle, Jake Sadd and Daniel Haupt, who netted the game’s first goal 68 seconds into the match. Guilford played without ODAC points per game scoring leader Adam Fiore, who was lost for the year March 21 due to a season-ending arm injury. Connor Manning won 13-of-20 draws and collected a game-best six ground balls. Goalie Thomas Deane had 11 saves, a caused turnover and three ground balls.
Coach Tom Carmean’s Quakers host league-rival Virginia Wesleyan College this Saturday (4/18) at 1:00 p.m. in their final regular-season home appearance of 2015.