Crusaders Suffer Road Defeat at Albright

READING, Pa. The Crusaders kept it close to the end, but unfortunately Susquehanna suffered a 9-7 road loss to Albright on Wednesday afternoon.

In what was an incredibly even game in nearly every statistical category, SU (5-5) was within one goal with less than three minutes to play, but Albright (9-1) added a late insurance goal to come away with the win.

Pat Brogan (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) and Dustin Breakey (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) led the SU offense with two goals apiece while Austen Lein (New Vernon, N.J./Madison) and Luke Delavan (Madison, N.J./Madison) both added one goal and two assists.

Goalie Anthony Maiorella (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) got the starting nod and played the first 30 minutes, making four saves while allowing six goals. Will Torrence (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) played the final two quarters and made six stops while giving up just three goals.

Albright struck first when Justin Brown netted a goal at the 8:21 mark before Lein leveled the game at the 4:40 mark of the first quarter. Exactly two minutes later, Albright went back up by one before Smith netted his second score with 4:11 on the clock to make it a 3-1 game.

Delavan ended the first-quarter scoring on a goal with precisely one minute to play that cut the lead to one (3-2).

The Lions netted the first four goals of the second quarter, though, to take a 6-2 advantage before Breakey broke that streak with a goal at the one-minute mark to bring the lead back to three (6-3). That remained the score at the midway point of the game.

The teams traded goals to open the third quarter before Brogan scored to suddenly cut the lead to just two goals (7-5) with 9:31 still to play in the quarter. The scoring stalled until 4:52 in the quarter when Albright found the back of the net for an 8-5 ballgame.

Brogan then struck again, marking the final scoring of the third quarter, as it stood 8-6 in favor of the Lions heading into the final 15 minutes of play.

With time winding down to inside the six-minute mark, Breakey broke through for another goal, this one a score that brought his squad within just one goal (8-7) with 5:19 on the clock.

Unfortunately the Lions scored with 2:27 remaining and the 9-7 score stood as time expired.

SU returns home on Saturday, March 31 to host Landmark Conference opponent No. 19 Goucher at 1:00 p.m.


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