Shenandoah vs. Centenary
April 25, 2009
The Game Story:
WINCHESTER, Va. - Visiting Centenary College ended Shenandoah University's men's lacrosse season Saturday afternoon with a 15-14 overtime win on Sprint Field at Shentel Stadium.

Shenandoah (5-7, 2-4 CSAC) needed a win in its Colonial States Athletic Conference finale in order to secure a berth into the four-team CSAC Tournament beginning this week.

Centenary (6-8, 4-2) had already secured its spot in the tournament, but a win today would clinch the third seed for the Cyclones.

Thirty-six seconds into overtime, Joe Swantkowski did just that for the visitors, and in the process ended the Hornets season.

For the second straight year, SU ties for fourth in the league but loses the last spot in the tournament on tie-breaking criteria. This year, first-year program Gwynedd-Mercy earns the spot based on its 10-8 win over Shenandoah on March 21.

Swantkowski scored the game-winner after the Hornets won the overtime faceoff only to see CC keeper Brian Troilo make his 13th and final save of the afternoon. Troilo cleared the ball up the field and the ball eventually found its way to Swantkowski directly in front of SU keeper Rodney Mattison.

Mattison had no chance on the shot - Swantkowski wound up and fired an eight-yard shot into the top half of the net for the game-winner.

The sudden-victory goal ended an exciting contest in which the two teams traded the lead on two occasions and were tied on four others.

After trailing by as many as four goals (5-1, 6-2 and 10-6), Shenandoah roared back with a four-goal run sandwiching halftime to tie the contest at 10-10 with 4:57 remaining in the third period. From this point on, the two teams would stay within two goals of one other the rest of the way.

Despite the Hornets comeback, Centenary appeared to have the game in hand in the final minute of regulation following a Travis Roy goal at 1:24 and SU struggling to get into its offense after winning the ensuing faceoff.

Fortunately for the Shentel Stadium faithful, sophomore Ricky Jones tied the game for the fourth time with just 1.6 seconds remaining on the clock as he converted from 12 yards out.

Jason Rieg led the victors with five goals and two assists while Stephen Mayor had four goals and three assists for SU. Mayor also recorded the 200th point of his career in the loss.