WINCHESTER, Va. – A tight battle needed overtime to be decided on Wednesday night between the Marymount men's lacrosse team and Shenandoah University. With just 21 seconds remaining in the first overtime, the Hornets scored a man-up goal to take the 8-7 decision on their home turf.
The entire game was in striking distance for both teams, as the largest lead was three goals by the Saints (2-4) with 9:06 remaining in the fourth quarter when senior Brent Sulhoff registered his hat trick of goals for the game and his fourth point.
Sulhoff was also the first Saint to score in the game, drawing the score even through the first quarter, 1-1, off a dish by senior Nathan Beard.
In the second quarter, the Hornets built up their largest lead with the first two goals to take a 3-1 advantage, but Marymount fired back with four-straight finishes through the third quarter to take a two-goal lead of its own at 5-3. With just one minute left until the final quarter, Shenandoah cut the deficit in half with a man-up goal, as the Saints carried a 5-4 lead into the final 15 minutes of regulation.
In the fourth, it was the Saints that got off to a strong momentum with their final two goals by Mackiewicz and Sulhoff, but the Hornets didn't go away after going down three with 9:06 remaining. Shenandoah rattled off three straight to tie the game up at 7-7 and send the game to overtime.
Junior Christian Lutz won the ensuing faceoff due to a violation by the Hornets, which resulted in the Saints getting off the first shot to win the game. However, Beard's rip was pulled in by Shenandoah goalkeeper Jason Simpson.
In the final two minutes following a timeout by SU, the Hornets took their first shot that junior goalkeeper Patrick Ruleman, who is fresh off a CAC Defensive Player of the Week nod, pulled in for his new career-high 15th save.
Unfortunately, in the final 30 seconds, a penalty was thrown on Marymount for slashing left he Saints a man-down for the remainder of overtime. Shenandoah quickly capitalized, needing just 13 seconds to shove in the game winner.
Marymount remains on the road, traveling to Pennsylvania on Saturday, March 10 for another non-conference matchup against Lebanon Valley College. Start time is set for 1 p.m.