GEORGETOWN, Texas – Southwestern fell behind early in the first quarter to the #13 Maroons before falling 15-2 on a chilly Wednesday afternoon in Central Texas.
Roanoke controlled the first quarter, scoring 45 seconds into the frame to kick off a 5-0 run. Matt Zagurski, assisted by Jeremy Tufnell, closed the gap to four with a man-up goal with 50 seconds to play in the first.
Both defenses picked up the pace in the second as each team added one goal in the quarter. Roanoke's Kevin Jackson scored his second goal of the game while Tyler Downing got in on the action offensively, scoring unassisted just before the half to keep the Pirates within four, 6-2, at the break.
Roanoke's offense poured it on the rest of the way, posting a 9-0 run in the second half to arrive at the 15-2 final.
The Maroons dominated the shot count 55-13 and converted on all but three clear attempts while SU went 23-32. Defensively, Southwestern did force Roanoke into 20 turnovers, but committed 30. The Maroons also picked up 47 ground balls while the Pirates gathered 29, led by Daniel Ayala's eight.
Roanoke's Jackson led offensively with three goals and one assist. Charlie Fisher took on the bulk of the duties in goal and was impressive in his 44 minutes of action, recording 14 saves on 24 shots while also collecting three ground balls.
The loss drops Southwestern to 3-2 on the year while Roanoke improves to 2-2. SU remains at home to face Hope College on Friday, March 15th at 1 p.m.