Neumann vs. Shenandoah
May 1, 2005
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The Game Story:
DEVON, Pa. - The Shenandoah University men's lacrosse team qualified for the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Tournament for the first time ever Sunday afternoon with an 11-9 victory over Neumann College.

Shenandoah (5-8, 3-3 PAC) will now travel to top-seeded Cabrini College on Wednesday in the PAC semi-finals. The winner of that game will face the winner of the Villa Julie/Wesley game on Saturday for the PAC championship and the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Sunday's victory didn't come easy - Neumann (2-10, 1-5) led 5-4 at the half and 8-7 heading into the fourth quarter before the Hornets rallied.

SU tied the game with just over two minutes remaining on a Paul Evancoe goal off of a Martin Carlson assist before Sam Johnson got what proved to be the game-winner at the 2:01 mark.

Johnson's unassisted tally gave Brian Jenkins' club a school record tying fifth victory - this is also the most wins for the men's lacrosse program since the 1998 season.

Evancoe led all scorers with eight goals and one assist for nine points while Carlson had one goal and four assists. Carlson's final assist, the game-winner, also gave him the school record for points in a season with 58. He breaks the previous mark of 57 held by Chris Keller '03.

Freshman Mark Verrilli made 11 saves in the winning effort. SU outshot the Knights 37-31 and scooped up 60 of the game's 89 groundballs.