Shenandoah vs. Oberlin
March 12, 2005
The Game Story:
WINCHESTER, Va. - Shenandoah University battled back from a five-goal first quarter deficit and got a goal from sophomore Martin Carlson with 53 seconds to play in overtime Saturday afternoon to defeat visiting Oberlin 12-11.

Shenandoah (1-0) won its season opener for the first time in four seasons with the comeback victory over Oberlin (0-2). The OT win also grabs a measure of revenge for the one-goal win by the Yeomen last season at Oberlin.

Both teams had excellent chances in the OT, but SU benefited from a 30-second pushing call against Oberlin's David Schlussman with 1:05 to play in the extra session. Shenandoah called time-out and eventually got the ball behind the goal to set up a man-up play.

Senior Paul Evancoe drove right-handed from behind the goal and dumped the ball to Carlson just above goal-line extended. Carlson ripped his shot over OC keeper Jared Pickard's left shoulder, giving the Hornets the victory.

Carlson's goal, his fourth of the game, capped the five-goal comeback. Oberlin scored the first four goals of the game and led 6-2 after 15 minutes of play. A Schlussman tally extended the margin to 7-2 before Shenandoah reeled off six straight goals to take an 8-7 lead by the 9:16 mark of the third.

Freshman Stephen Mayor did most of the damage in this run; he had four of his game high seven goals as SU took its first lead of the game.

The two teams stayed within a goal of one another until the Hornets scored the first goal of the fourth to take an 11-9 lead, but the Yeomen answered with the final two goals of regulation, the last with 3:06 left, to send the contest into overtime.

SU had just three players score goals: Mayor had seven, Carlson four and Sam Johnson one. Bryan Harfenist led OC with five goals while Ian Dias chipped in four.