MVC Lacrosse Edges Rockhurst in Overtime FridayPosted March 28, 2014
Marshall, Mo. (March 28, 2014)- The No. 23 Missouri Valley College men’s lacrosse team traveled to Kansas City, Mo., for a matchup with NCAA Division III Rockhurst University. The Vikings were seconds away from suffering a defeat, but pulled out a 5-4 overtime victory.
MVC was put in an early deficit against Rockhurst, giving up a goal less than one minute into the game. Rockhurst was able to extend its lead to 2-0 midway through the first quarter, and held that two goal advantage heading into the second quarter of play. The Vikings cut into the Rockhurst lead just over one minute into the second quarter when Junior Attacker Doug Brown (Baltimore, Md.) scored off an assists from Junior Attacker Greg Abendshoen (Catonsville, Md.) to make it at 2-1 game. However, that one goal was all the Vikings could put together in the first half and went into the halftime break trailing by 2-1 score. Rockhurst wasted little time after the restart to move back out to a two goal lead, scoring just eight seconds after the restart to lead MVC 3-1. MVC scored just over one minute later to pull back to a 3-2 deficit thanks to a goal by Junior Attacker Max Slutsky (Raleigh, N.C.). Brown was able to pull the Vikings back into a tie game at 3-3 with a goal near the nine minute mark to round out the scoring in the third quarter. Again, Rockhurst got an early goal to start a quarter, moving ahead 4-3 with a goal just over 10-minutes remaining in regulation. With just seconds remaining in the game, it looked like MVC was going to suffer a defeat, but Brown scored with three seconds remaining on the clock to tie the game at 4-4, sending the teams into overtime. In the extra frame, Abendshoen found the back of the net with just three minutes to play, giving MVC a 5-4 victory.
Leading the way for MVC was Brown who scored three goals, with Slutsky and Abendshoen accounting for the other two Viking goals. Abendshoen also finished with two assists and Freshman Goalkeeper Brandon Minshall (Centennial, Colo.) finished the game with 13 saves.
MVC improves to 7-1 on the season, while Rockhurst falls to 1-7. The Vikings defeated Rockhurst in a home matchup back on Feb. 22 by a 16-9 score.
Up next, the Vikings are scheduled to travel to Atchison, Kan., for a game against Benedictine College Apr. 5 at 2 p.m.
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