Shenandoah vs. Neumann
April 23, 2008
The Game Story:
WINCHESTER, Va. - Shenandoah University virtually assured itself of a Pennsylvania Athletic Conference men's lacrosse Tournament berth with a 24-9 PAC victory over Neumann College Wednesday afternoon.

The 24 goals is a season-high for the Hornets (9-2, 5-2 PAC) and just misses the school record of 25 set against Misericordia in the 2002 season finale.

The nine overall wins and five PAC also equal last season's program record for victories in a season. SU will have a chance to break both of those marks on Saturday in the regular season finale at Marywood.

With the win, Shenandoah is virtually assured of its third appearance in the last four years in the four-team PAC Tournament. Coach Brian Jenkins' squad can lock up the No. 3 seed with a win at Marywood on Saturday, but would need Eastern losses to both Misericordia and Immaculata to get a home game.

After scoring the first two goals of the game before the contest was a minute old, the Hornets found themselves down 3-2 as Neumann (2-12, 2-5) scored three unanswered from the 11:24 to 3:25 marks of the first.

Shenandoah tied it seven seconds after Paul Schmeltzer gave the Knights that one-goal lead, and after Teddy Rogers scored four seconds later, the Hornets led for good.

Freshman Richard Michael, who scored five times, had the tying goal at 3:18. This started a 12-goal run for the Hornets over a span of 24:07 and allowed SU to coast home to the victory.

Shenandoah had eight different men find the back of the net with senior Ben Page leading the way with six goals. Sam Johnson (four goals, four assists) and Rogers (3,5) both had eight points while Michael added six on the five goals and one assist.

Page, who entered the contest fifth in the nation in groundballs per game and second in face-off winning percentage, had a game-high 11 groundballs and won 13 of his 18 trips to the 'x'.

Page won just over 70 percent of his face-offs this year.

SU outshot Neumann 65-32 and had 54 groundballs to the Knights 37.

Neumann goalkeepers Jake Boulay and Pat D'Ambrosio made 17 and five saves, respectively.

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