Defensive Effort Produces SU Win over King's

SELINSGROVE, Pa. Susquehanna held King's (Pa.) to just two goals while solid defense and timely scoring handed the Crusaders their first win of the spring in the form a 4-2 victory.

Neither team found the back of the net for the first two quarters of regulation before a three-goal, third-quarter scoring outburst proved to be the difference for SU (1-2).

The Crusaders fired off 26 shots while King's (0-3) had 22 of its own. SU forced 33 Monarchs turnovers, however, and capitalized on two extra-man opportunities.

Luke Delavan (Madison, N.J./Madison) had a two-goal performance while Pete Doelp (Essex Falls, N.J./West Essex) chipped in two assists. Tim Pastore (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) and Austen Lein (New Vernon, N.J./Madison) also got in on the scoring with Lein adding an assist, as well.

Goalie Anthony Maiorella (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) notched 12 saves in his 60 minutes of work, three in each quarter.

After a scoreless first half, it took Susquehanna less than five minutes to break the tie when Doelp found Pastore in front of the net to make it 1-0 in favor of SU.

Delavan capped off the Crusaders' third-quarter scoring with back-to-back goals over a two-minute span to hand SU a 3-0 lead with 4:39 left in the quarter.

Unfortunately King's Kevin Sweeney responded with a goal less than 30 seconds later to make it a 4-1 ballgame heading into the final 15 minutes of action.

Likewise, though, it took Lein just 33 seconds to continue the scoring for SU, netting a goal with 14:27 on the clock to make it 4-1.

While King's added a goal from Kieran McMahon that made it a 4-2 score with 10:55 left to play, Susquehanna's defense made sure the two-goal lead was more than enough, limiting the Monarchs to only six shots in the period.

The Crusaders will travel to Oglethorpe on March 6 for a 3:30 p.m. game followed by a game vs. Wittenberg in Clearwater, Fla. on March 10 at noon.

2012-03-03



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