Midway through the second quarter yesterday, the Roanoke College bench began chanting, "Not this year."
The Maroons weren't about to forget last season's 9-8 lacrosse loss to Salisbury State on this same Loyola High field in Towson.
The Sea Gulls (1-1) tried, but Roanoke's sophomore goaltender Craig Fleming of Severn stopped 20 shots during the final three quarters to help No. 11 Roanoke (2-1) beat No. 5 Salisbury State, 15-10.
Last year, Salisbury rallied from an 8-6 deficit to win. Yesterday, after trailing 3-1 at the end of one quarter, the Sea Gulls seemed intent on another comeback. Salisbury scored the first three goals of the second quarter, outshooting Roanoke 12-0, taking a 4-3 lead on an extra-man goal by Jeff Chenowith (Fallston) on a feed from Art Morley (Fallston). It was the only Sea Gulls' lead after the game's opening goal.
The Maroons answered quickly, tying the game at 4 on the second of four goals by senior midfielder Dan Treacy (St. Mary's). By the half, Roanoke had taken a 7-5 edge on goals from Andy Odenwald (Severn), Colin McGahren (two goals and two assists) and Brett Smith.
After Salisbury rallied to tie the game at 8 in the third quarter, two more goals by Treacy and an unassisted score by J. J. Blatt put the Maroons ahead to stay, 11-9, after three quarters.
"We had some easy shots in some senior sticks, but we couldn't get the ball in the goal," said Salisbury coach Jim Berkman, whose team had opened the season Wednesday with a 20-2 trouncing of Western Maryland.
During the second and third quarters, Salisbury outshot Roanoke 29-18, but Fleming made 14 saves. Then he added six more as the Maroons opened some breathing room in the fourth quarter despite being outshot 12-9.
"We had all the opportunities in the world," said Berkman. "But their goalie played a great game. For this afternoon they were a better team than us. We played hard, but we didn't execute when we needed to. They deserved the win."
In their win against Western Maryland, the Sea Gulls' starting attack accounted for 11 goals in limited action. This time they counted only five. Fleming seemed to be right on everything they shot.
"Craig had 19 saves against Duke [a Roanoke loss], and he wasn't really tested in our win against Virginia Wesleyan," said Roanoke coach Bill Pilat. "But he was outstanding today. With that kind of goaltending, this could be the best team I've had in my four years here."
Salisbury gets a chance to get back in the win column Wednesday when No. 4 Ohio Wesleyan visits the Eastern Shore. "We'll be a real good team by the end of the year," said Berkman, whose team went 15-1 last season and lost the Division III championship to Hobart by one goal.
Roanoke ..3 4 4 4 -- 15
Salisbury 1 4 4 1 -- 10
Goals: R--Treacy 4, McGahren 3, Zimmerman 2, Odenwald 2, Smith, Blatt, Kammerman, Hennegan. S--Boyle 2, Chenowith 2, Berquist, Poe, Calabritto, Hohner, Morley, Webb. Assists: R--McGahren 2, Smith 2, White, Treacy, Sims, Daly. S--Boyle 2, Gallagher, Hohner, Morley, Webb. Saves: R--Fleming 20. S--Sanders 7.