|(4/12/08) This afternoon on Cyclone Field the Centenary Men’s Lacrosse team dropped an important PAC Conference match-up to Shenendoah University, as the visiting Hornets stormed back to take a 9-8 overtime victory. The loss drops the Cyclones to 3-9 overall, 3-3 in the PAC while Shenendoah improves to 7-2, 3-2 in the conference.|
The visiting Hornets opened the scoring for the afternoon, capitalizing on two goals coming from Ben Page and Sam Johnson in the first period. In the second fifteen-minutes of play, despite being shutout in the first the Cyclones responded with three of their own. Ryan Mangold (Hillsborough/Hillsborough) got it started on an assist from Colin Aldino (Belmar/St. Rose) which was followed by a pair from Rory Murray (Cranford/Seton Hall Prep). The hosts held the 3-2 advantage into the halftime break. In the third period, after the Hornets Ben Page tied the game at 3-3, the Cyclones recorded three more goals one each from Aldino, Travis Roy (Whippany/Whippany Park), and Nate Small (Great Mills, MD/Great Mills) extending their lead to 6-3 heading into the final quarter. The fourth proved to be difference as the Hornets would score the first four goals of the period to jump in front of Centenary 7-6. James Gonzalez’s goal at the 10:06 mark gave Shenendoah the lead for the first time since the first half. Centenary’s Small would answer on an unassisted goal with just under eight minutes remaining to knot the game at 7-7. The two teams would trade an 8th goal as CC’s Mangold and SU’s Mac Hendrick would score over the final six minutes to send the game into overtime. The visiting Hornets took control of the ball in overtime controlling the face-off. Just over a minute into the period, Ben Page grabbed a shot that had been saved by Centenary’s goalkeeper and beat him for the game winner.
Page led the victors with five goals, while teammates James Gonzalez added two goals, with Teddy Rogers adding two assists. Hornets’ goalkeeper Rodney Mattison made 15 saves in the win. For Centenary Nate Small, Ryan Mangold, and Rory Murray each netted two goals while Small and Colin Aldino chipped in with two assists each. Brian Triolo (Whitehouse Station / Hunterdon Central) made 14 saves in the net for the home squad.