Misericordia vs. Shenandoah
March 29, 2005
The Game Story:
DALLAS, Pa. - Shenandoah University rode another strong performance from freshman goalkeeper Mark Verrilli to key an 11-8 Pennsylvania Athletic Conference men's lacrosse victory over host College Misericordia Tuesday afternoon.

Shenandoah (2-3, 1-0 PAC) snaps a three-game losing streak with the triumph. Misericordia (0-5, 0-2 PAC) had also won the last two meetings between the two schools before losing Tuesday's contest.

Trailing 6-5 heading into the second half, SU blitzed the Cougars by scoring six of the game's final eight goals. The Hornets managed to tie the game with two of three tallies in the third, and then pulled away with a four-goal fourth.

The four goals in the final 15 minutes of play is the team's second best quarter of the season, trailing just the five goals in the third period of the Oberlin game on March 12.

Misericordia outshot its visitors 37-25 for the game, but Verrilli earned his first college victory by turning away the 20 shots. In three starts as the Hornets goalie, Verrilli has increased his save total in each time contest while stopping at least 16 shots in each appearance. He is also ranked 16th in save percentage in the latest NCAA national rankings.

While Verrilli led the defense, sophomore Martin Carlson led the offense with four goals and two assists. Freshman Ben Page led three other multiple goal scorers with four points on two goals and two assists.

SU won the groundball battle 51-37 with Sam Johnson scooping up a game-high 11. He also was a season best 13 for 16 (81.3 percent) from the face-off 'x'.