Shenandoah vs. Mount St Joseph
March 22, 2008
The Game Story:
WINCHESTER, Va. - Shenandoah University kept its men's lacrosse record perfect on the season Saturday afternoon with a 7-6 overtime victory over Mount St. Joseph's.

After MSJ (2-3) tied it on a Trevor Noel goal in the final minute of regulation, SU (4-0) scored the game-winner with 15 seconds remaining in the first sudden-victory overtime.

Shenandoah got the game-winner by converting a fast break opportunity.

Senior close defenseman Ray Rice got the play started when he stripped Noel near the top of the Lions offensive box and picked up the groundball. Rice cleared the ball into the Hornets offensive end, where he hit attackman James Gonzales at the top of the box.

Gonzales quickly moved the ball to freshman Richard Michael, who ripped the ball past Mount St. Joseph's goalkeeper Eric Wolery for the game-winner.

The goal was the third of the season for Michael and represents the second time in three home games this season that SU has won in the final minute of the contest.

Shenandoah never trailed in the game, but MSJ never trailed by more than one goal after Anthony Pezzutti scored the team's initial tally at 13:28 of the second.

The Lions tied the game at 3-3, 4-4, 5-5 and 6-6, the last when Noel's attempt at a cross-crease pass deflected off of a Hornets stick and into the back of the net.

Michael led the victors with three goals while Teddy Rogers had two for the hosts. Noel had a game-high two goals and two assists for Mount St. Joseph's.

SU held a 39-28 advantage in shots, 56-40 in groundballs and was 21 of 29 in clears. MSJ won eight of the game's 17 face-offs.