Men's Lax Knocks Off Alvernia

READING, Pa. – Shenandoah University opened up its 2013 men's lacrosse season with an 11-6 non-league victory over Alvernia.

The win in the season opener is the first since in five seasons for SU (1-0).

After Alvernia (0-1) scored the opening two goals of the game in the initial 3:19, the Hornets roared back with a 4-2 run to finish the first half.

Shenandoah took its first lead on a Jeff Geddis to Matt Justice goal with 7:33 remaining in the second before the Crusaders knotted the score at 4-4 on Daniel Frantz goal at 6:56.

Coach Mike Kruger's club then took a lead it would not relinquish with the first three goals of the third period, including the third goal of the game by freshman Matt Justice and the second by sophomore Aaron Paul.

Alvernia answered with an unassisted goal at 5:12 of the third to cut its deficit to two goals before the Hornets pulled away with a 4-0 run that sandwiched the third quarter gun.

SU outshot its hosts 42-23, won 12 of 20 face-offs and was 16 of 20 on clears. The two teams split 86 groundballs.

Tyler Quinn had five saves for the Hornets.

Justice and Paul each had three goals and one assist for the victors with Colin Fowler adding two goals and two assists.

Shenandoah continues this season opening road trip with a Wednesday afternoon game at Hood.