|(4/14/07) Earlier today the Centenary Menís Lacrosse team lost a heartbreaker to visiting Manhattanville College by the score of 13-12. The Cyclones were unable to hold the late lead and dropped their fifth in a row, now falling to 2-10 on the season, 0-7 in the Skyline Conference.|
The game began very slowly has both sides took minutes of the clock attempting to find what attacking schemes were going to bring the best results. Centenary tallied the games first two goals, as both Rory Murray (Cranford/Seton Hall Prep) and Nate Small (Great Mills, MD/Great Mills) connected on unassisted attempts. The Valiants Matt Harold got the visitorís on the board when he made a run from his defensive position and found the back of the net just before the end of the quarter. The scoring picked up quite a bit in the second quarter as the two teams combined for eight goals, five for Manhattanville and 3 for Centenary. The difference came out when the visitorís strung together three consecutive goals from the 5:13 mark to 1:44. Mívilleís Shannon Sturz and Vin Menzenski recorded the trifecta putting the guests in front 6-4. Centenaryís Ryan Mangold (Hillsborough/Hillsborough) would beat the halftime buzzer with a goal, getting Centenary to within one at the break.
In the second half both sides again traded goals, neither side being able to put the other one away. Through the first six scores of the half, three went to Centenary and three to Manhattanville. After each team traded another pair of goals, the Cyclones found themselves trailing 10-9 heading into the final 15-minutes of play. The spark that Centenary was looking for seemed to come when Matt Rogers (Leonardtown, MD/Leonardtown) and Mangold scored two straight finally putting Centenary in front 11-10. The Valiants however would not go away coming back and tying the game 11-11 on a goal by Luke Dorfman. The Cyclones Travis Roy (Whippany/Whippany Park) put the home ahead for the third time in the game at the 6:25 mark, only to have Manhattanville tied it again three minutes later. The game winner came off the stick of Shannon Sturz, when he netted a shot just 10-seconds later, putting the Valiants ahead to stay.
In the victory for Manhattanville Sturz led the offense recording four goals and an assists, while Luke Dorfman and Vin Menzenski each added two goals a piece. For the Cyclones Nate Small and Rory Murray each tallied three goals. Small also chipped in with two assists, while Ryan Mangold and Matt Rogers netted two goals each.