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Men's Lax Wins Thriller

The men's lacrosse team posted its second OT win of the season Wednesday night.
The men's lacrosse team posted its second OT win of the season Wednesday night.

WINCHESTER, Va. – The Shenandoah University men's lacrosse team earned its second overtime victory of the season with an 8-7 non-league win over Marymount Wednesday evening.

Freshman Cameron Mullinix scored with 21 seconds remaining in the first sudden-victory OT to push Shenandoah (3-3) past the Saints (2-4).

Mullinix netted the game-winner on extra-man as Marymount took a one-minute slashing penalty with 34 seconds left.

Junior Michael Brooks, who keyed the Hornets comeback with two fourth quarter goals, found Mullinix on a skip pass just to the left of Saints goalie Patrick Ruleman.

Mullinix took two steps to the top of the crease, made one stick fake and buried his shot past Ruleman for the game-winner.

The goal, his sixth of the season, capped a comeback from three goals down with 9:06 to play.

Brooks started the rally with unassisted goals at 7:54 and 5:18 before Orlando Levins tied it with a bounce shot from the top of the box with 3:58 to play.

Shenandoah, which won nine of the 19 face-offs on the night, won the ensuing draw but turned the ball over following the face-off win.

Marymount was able to successfully clear the ball and called time-out with the ball in the Hornets defensive end. The Saints held the ball for more than a minute before shooting – MU had three shots in the final two minutes of the contests but missed wide on two and saw Shenandoah goalkeeper Jason Simpson turn the third away.

Marymount won the face-off to start overtime, but Simpson, who had 14 saves, came up big again with a stop followed by an MU turnover.

It was the Hornets turn to successfully clear and call time to set up the offense – this resulted in the slashing call that gave the victors the extra-man opportunity.

"This group of men are resilient and will not quit," head coach Tim Marshall said. "Special teams were huge for us, our man down unit had a great stand at the end of the 4th and our EMO unit was able to get us the win."

Shenandoah outshot the Saints 32-28 and grabbed 28 of the 50 groundballs.

The Hornets open ODAC play on Saturday at Washington and Lee.