Marywood vs. Shenandoah
April 26, 2008
The Game Story:
Scranton, PA – Marywood University overcame a three-goal deficit fourth quarter deficit to Shenandoah University and Brian Roerden scored the game-winning goal with 38 seconds to play to give the first-year Pacers a dramatic 8-7 victory and a berth in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference playoffs. With the win, Marywood closes out its regular season with a 9-4 record and 5-3 mark in the PAC while the Hornets, who had their postseason hopes dashed with the loss, finish the season 9-3 overall and 5-3 in the conference.

Playing in their first season at the varsity level, Marywood earned the fourth seed in the upcoming PAC playoffs and will meet top-seeded Cabrini College in one semifinal. Centenary College, who clinched the third seed in the PAC playoffs after beating Alvernia College this afternoon 9-8, will visit Eastern University in the other semifinal with the winners advancing to the PAC Championship game to be played on Saturday, May 3rd.

Shenandoah opened the scoring Saturday, getting unassisted goals from Richard Michael and Ben Page to take a 2-0 lead with 5:04 to play in the opening period before George Downey IV (Palmyra, PA) got Marywood on the board with an unassisted marker at the 1:22 mark.

The Hornets restored their two-goal with 11:16 to play in the second period when Page tallied his second of the game, but the Pacers responded just 13 seconds later at Alex Dawson (Binghampton, NY) controlled the groundball off the ensuing face-off and went down the field to score. Stephen Klepfer (Binghampton, NY) would find net for the hosts just under two minutes later to knot the game at 3-3, a score that would hold until halftime as the two teams buckled down defensively.

Shenandoah would outscore Marywood 3-0 in the third quarter to take a 6-3 lead into the final frame. Page completed his hat-trick at the 9:10 mark of the third period and Michael netted his second of the day a minute and a half later to give the Hornets a 5-3 lead. The Hornets extended their lead to three goals with just 41 seconds remaining in the period as Page scooped up a groundball and found Rogers. Rogers then found a cutting James Gonzalez for the goal.

With their postseason hopes on the line, Marywood responded in a big way in the fourth quarter. Ryne Boyle (Farmingville, NY) scored with the Pacers a man-up at the 13:39 mark off a Brian Roerden assist and again 4:40 later off a Jamie Beagen (Patchogue, NY) feed to bring hosts to within one and swing momentum back to Marywood.

Andrew Lozoskie’s (Forest Hill, MD) unassisted goal with 7:32 to play tied the game at 6-6, and the Pacers took their first lead with 4:19 to play when Beagen scored unassisted with Marywood on an extra-man opportunity.

Beagen’s goal started to look as though it would stand as the game-winner as the Pacers’ defense led by goalie Jesse Habich (Broomall, PA) had shutdown the Hornets attack in the fourth quarter, but Page’s fourth goal of the game with 1:06 to play tied the score at 7-7.

Klepfer won the ensuing face-off for Marywood, who quickly called a time-out that set the stage for Roerden’s heroics. After play resume, Roerden changed directions behind the net fired a hard-angled shot that found the upper corner of the cage with 38 seconds to play and sent the Pacers to the playoffs as Shenandoah was unable to generate a shot after Roerden’s goal.

Shenandoah held a 37-31 edge in shots while Marywood had a 44-77 edge in groundballs. The Pacers went 2-5 with the extra man while their nationally-ranked man-down defense held the Hornet scoreless in four extra-man opportunities.

Habich was solid in the Pacers’ net, making 15 saves to pick up his eighth win of the season. Rodney Mattison took the loss despite turning aside 10 Marywood shots.

Marywood will visit Cabrini College, currently ranked seventh in the nation, this Wednesday in the PAC semifinals, a week to the day that the Cavaliers downed the Pacers 18-5 in Scranton. The opening face-off is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.