Crusaders Drop OT Thriller to Franklin & Marshall

SELINSGROVE, Pa. Susquehanna's men's lacrosse team fell to Franklin & Marshall 9-8 in overtime on Wednesday afternoon.

SU (3-3) fell behind 1-0 at 10:53 in the first quarter but scored two goals towards the end of the period to take the lead 2-1 at the first intermission.

Tim Pastore (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) scored off a pass from Austen Lein (New Vernon, N.J./Madison). Dustin Breakey (Mechanicsburg, Pa. /Cumberland Valley) followed by finding the back of the net with an assist from Pat Brogran (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield).

The Crusaders kept up the offensive pressure in the second quarter, with Delavan scoring from a Breakey feed to put SU up 3-1. Less than two minutes later, Delavan notched another goal, this time assisted by Lein to increase the lead 4-1.

After the Diplomats (5-1) cut the lead to 4-2, Breakey ripped in a goal with an assist from Billy Spack (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) to go ahead 5-2 with 2:52 remaining in the opening half of play.

F & M scored with 33 ticks on the clock to trim the lead to 5-3, which the Crusaders held at halftime.

The Diplomats got within one (5-4) after scoring a man-up goal with 7:49 left in the third quarter. SU earned a man-up goal of their own off the stick of Delavan to go back ahead 6-4 at 2:20 in the third.

F & M got on the board once more at 1:42 to trail 6-5 entering the final period.

F & M fired off three unanswered goals to open the fourth quarter and take the lead 8-6 with 8:23 remaining. But the Crusaders responded as Breakey tallied a goal with 8:11 left and Delavan ripped in the equalizer with 4:03 in regulation.

Unfortunately, F & M scored 2:33 into the extra session to win the game 9-8.

For SU, Delavan scored four times and Breakey had three goals. Lein finished with four helpers. Jordan Daney (Wynnewood, Pa./Lower Merion) recorded 11 saves between the pipes for the Crusaders.

The Orange and Maroon are back in action on Saturday, as they host Drew to start Landmark Conference play at 2:30 p.m.

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Selinsgrove, Pa. Will Ballantyne's goal 1:27 into the extra period delivered Franklin & Marshall a 9-8 overtime victory over Susquehanna in non-conference action. The victory is the fourth straight for F&M, as the Diplomats improved to 5-1 on the season. The Crusaders fell to 3-3.

The Diplomats struck first with a Tim Gaines' goal 4:07 into the game, before Susquehanna answered with four straight goals to take a 4-1 lead at 8:23 in the second quarter. Evan Baskt found Ben Ross at 4:51 to stop the Crusaders' run at 4:51. SU went up 5-2 with 2:52 remaining to halftime, but Ballantyne fed Kevin Kilpatrick with 33 seconds left to send the game into the break with a 5-3 Crusaders' lead.

Tristan Miller took a Colin McKew pass and found the back of the net to bring F&M within one, 5-4, midway through the third stanza. Luke Delavan scored a man-up goal five minutes later to give SU a 6-4 edge, before McKew hooked up with Matt Gillian at 1:42 to bring F&M back within a goal, 6-5.

F&M rallied off three unanswered goals in the first seven minutes of the fourth to go up 8-6 with 8:23 left to play. Ross found James Wenk 21 seconds into the fourth for the first goal and Ryan Whooley scored at 12:11 to give F&M a 7-6 advantage. Gillian found Harrison Jones for the final goal of the run, before the Crusaders scored two straight to tie the game at eight and send the game into the extra period.

SU won the faceoff to start overtime and fired a shot seconds later, which was stopped by Cameron Setian. F&M cleared the ball and called a timeout at 3:11. The Diplomats came out and settled into their offense when McKew found Ballantyne for the game-winner.

Andrew Setian won 12 of the games' 19 faceoffs and picked up nine groundballs.

Cameron Setian stopped 11 shots to improve to 5-1 while Jordan Daney took the loss for the Crusaders.

The Diplomats were 21 for 24 on clear attempts and outshot SU 40-28.

F&M returns to action on Saturday when the Diplomats travel to Muhlenberg for their Centennial Conference opener at 7:00 p.m.

2012-03-14



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