Susquehanna Outlasts Weather, Hood for Victory

SELINSGROVE, Pa. The weather almost held off, but with 9:16 to go in Tuesday's men's lacrosse game, the skies opened up but Susquehanna and Hood waited out a 90-minute lightning delay. Ultimately, the Crusaders prevailed 10-6 before the game was called with 2:12 to play.

Billy Spack (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) recorded a hat trick to lead the Crusaders (10-5) in scoring as the team recorded the first 10-win season in program history. Tim Pastore (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) chipped in two goals and two assists for a game-high four points, despite playing only in the second half.

Goalie Will Torrence (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) played the entire game and recorded 12 saves with seven coming in the first half.

Three different SU players combined to score the only three goals of the first quarter, including Luke Delavan's (Madison, N.J./Madison) score with 1:08 remaining to make it 3-0.

Both teams netted goals in the second quarter as the Crusaders maintained a three-goal advantage (4-1) at the midway point of the game.

The third quarter saw a scoring outburst, with a combined eight goals, four from each squad. Spack scored the period's first goal, and his third of the game, while Austen Lein (New Vernon, N.J/Madison) netted the final goal of the quarter that made it an 8-5 SU lead.

Hood's Scott Thompson scored with 10:16 left in the fourth quarter, exactly one minute before the game was delayed.

After waiting out the first storm, the teams took the field and the Crusaders proceeded to score two quick goals, with one from Pastore and the final one from Dustin Breakey (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley), before the game was called for the second and final time due to another storm moving through the area.

Next game: Saturday, April 30 vs. USMMA (Senior Day) 3:30 p.m.

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SELINSGROVE, Pa.--Hood College (8-9) came up just short in its quest to secure the program's first-ever winning season with a 10-6 road setback at Susquehanna University (10-5) in the Blazers' season finale Tuesday evening.

With the Crusaders holding an 8-6 lead at the 9:16 mark of the fourth quarter, the contest was suspended for more than an hour due to severe weather in the area. When play resumed, Susquehanna notched consecutive scores a little more than four minutes apart to go up 10-6 before the thunderstorms returned, forcing play to be halted for good with 2:12 to go in regulation.

The Crusaders outscored Hood 3-0 in the opening period before Kris Miner got Hood on the board with his 26th goal of the season 1:40 into the second stanza. SU's Billy Spack ripped his second goal of the evening midway through the quarter and the hosts led 4-1 at halftime.

The two teams combined for eight goals by eight different players in the third quarter. Hood's Dominique Shorter found the back of the net for the 17th time this season at the 10:51 mark of the quarter. Just 1:23 later, Trey Freeman finished a pass from Randolph Clark to cut the Blazers' deficit to 5-3. James Larrimore connected on his second career goal with 5:14 to go in the period while Corey Roberts capped the Blazers' third quarter scoring off a feed from Miner and Hood trailed 8-5 heading into the final quarter.

Nick Spicer collected his sixth assist when he found Scott Thompson for the Blazers' sixth goal of the game 4:44 into the period.

Hector Montoya went 6 for 6 in the face-off "X" for Hood while Clark was also credited with six face-off wins. Starter Will Lane stopped seven shots in his 44:34 of action between the pipes.

2011-04-27



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