Shenandoah vs. Mount St Joseph
March 13, 2007
The Game Story:
WINCHESTER, Va. - Shenandoah University held off a determined comeback by first-year program Mt. St. Joseph's to post an 11-10 non-league men's lacrosse victory Tuesday night at Shentel Stadium.

Shenandoah (3-0) saw Mt. St. Joseph (0-5) rally from a 7-4 halftime deficit to take a 10-9 lead with 5:15 remaining. However, junior Teddy Rogers figured in the final two goals of the game and the Hornets have started a season with three straight wins for just the second time in school history.

Rogers set up the game-tying goal with 1:58 to play when he found senior attackman Justin Ratcliff all alone on the doorstep. Just under 90 seconds later, Rogers finished off the comeback by taking it himself and beating Lions goalie Blake Herner with a stick-side shot.

The closing two-goal run ruined an excellent night for Herner, who had 21 saves, many of them from point-blank range, to keep the visitors in it. Shenandoah dominated possession through out the contest, winning 20 of the game's 25 face-offs and scooping up 48 groundballs to MSJ's 29. This disparity greatly contributed to a 7-4 SU lead at the half, but the visitors would not go away.

Trailing 9-5 after Rogers found classmate Sam Johnson for a goal at 8:27 of the third, Mount St. Joseph reeled off five straight goals to take its first lead since Brian Cecil opened the game's scoring just over three minutes into the contest.

Michael Basch (four goals) had two of these tallies while Cecil had one goal and one assist.

Rogers and Ratcliff had five points apiece for SU, with Ratcliff scoring four goals and dishing out one assist and Rogers doing the inverse. Junior Ben Page also had five points with three goals and two assists. Rogers and Page each had seven groundballs with Page also winning all seven of his face-off attempts.