Shenandoah vs. Randolph-macon
March 5, 2008
The Game Story:
WINCHESTER, Va. - Shenandoah University recorded just its second-ever men's lacrosse victory over an Old Dominion Athletic Conference opponent with a 9-8 non-league home win Wednesday afternoon.

Shenandoah (1-0) rallied for its first triumph over the Yellow Jackets (1-2) in 11 career meetings. The previous closest contest was a 12-6 loss at R-MC on March 24, 2004.

The win is also the first over an ODAC opponent since the 1998 squad (head coach Brian Jenkins' first at SU) defeated Guilford 14-13.

Trailing 5-2 at halftime and 6-4 after the Jackets scored the opening goal of the fourth, the Hornets roared back on the shoulders of senior midfielder Teddy Rogers.

Rogers, who finished the contest with a game-high seven points on four goals and three assists, figured on four of his team's five goals in the final 15 minutes.

Rogers tied the contest at 7-7 with an unassisted goal 6:49, set up Richard Michael with a go-ahead tally just over two minutes later and after Macon tied at 2:08, scored the game-winner with just nine seconds left.

Following an SU time-out at the 15 second mark, Rogers took the ball behind the cage and set his man up at 'X'. The senior beat his short-stick defender to the outside, rolled back and stuck his shot past R-MC goalkeeper Patrick Nugent on the near post.

The Jackets pushed the ensuing face-off forward, but Hornets midfielder Ben Page won the groundball and ran out the remaining time to seal the victory.

The comeback capped a great afternoon for Rogers - in addition to his seven points he also had a co-game-high seven groundballs and helped the hosts to 11 wins at the face-off 'x'.

Michael had a solid first outing with three goals while Page had a goal and an assist.

Paul Johnson, who tied it for Macon unassisted goal at 2:08, led the visitors with two goals and two assists for four points.

R-MC outshot SU 33-31 and won the groundball battle 38-36.

Rodney Mattison stopped 15 shots in his first career start at Shenandoah.

Box Score

SU is off for the next 10 days and returns to the field with a non-league road contest at Mount Saint Vincent (N.Y.). The Hornets contest at Oberlin, which was scheduled for Saturday, has been postponed due to heavy snow in Ohio.