Crusaders Fall to 19th-Ranked Goucher

SELINSGROVE, Pa. Susquehanna's men's lacrosse team dropped to Landmark Conference foe #19 Goucher 9-5 on Saturday afternoon at Sassafras Field.

The Gophers (10-1, 3-0) scored quickly in the first quarter before SU (5-6, 1-2) tied the game at 1-1 after Dustin Breakey (Mechanicsburg, Pa. /Cumberland Valley) fired home a goal assisted by John Kerrigan (Maple Glen, Pa./La Salle College H.S.).

The Crusaders tied the game at 2-2 late in the first quarter when Billy Spack (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) ripped in a goal with a helper from Luke Delavan (Madison, N.J./Madison).

Goucher scored two goals to open up the second quarter before Matt Brady (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) found Austen Lein (New Vernon, N.J./Madison) who scored to cut the deficit to 4-3 with 9:44 remaining until halftime.

The Gophers answered with three more goals, including two of the man-up variety, to jump ahead to a 7-3 halftime edge. Goucher outshot SU 23-9 in the opening half.

In the third quarter, Breakey scored off an assist from Lein to trim the Goucher lead to 7-4 at 10:25. After a man-down goal from the Gophers, Spack scored another from Pete Doelp (Essex Falls, N.J./West Essex) to get within three (8-5) with 1:23 left in the third.

The fourth quarter was filled with seven penalties as SU committed three and Goucher four. The only goal came at 8:26 as the Gophers went up 9-5 and went on to win.

Breakey and Spack both finished with two goals apiece. Jordan Daney (Wynnewood, Pa./Lower Merion) and Will Torrence (Wallingford, Pa. /Strath Haven) both recorded four saves each between the pipes for SU.

The Orange and Maroon will look to get on the winning track as they travel to conference foe Washington & Jefferson on Friday, April 6 at 4:00 p.m.

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SELINSGROVE, Pa. - Goucher outscored Susquehanna, 5-1, in the second quarter and that four-goal difference proved to be the final margin of victory as the Gophers defeated the Crusaders, 9-5, in a Landmark Conference game played this afternoon on Sassafras Field.

The Gophers, who made their debut in the USILA Division III national rankings at No. 19 just five days ago, nearly got out of the first quarter with a 2-1 lead thanks to goals by Steve Patterson (Minneapolis, Minn./Blake School) and Pierce Ingram (Austin, Texas/Westwood), but an extra-man goal by Billy Spack of the Crusaders with :13 remaining in the period created a 2-2 tie.

A pair of unassisted goals by Zachary Fratella (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) in the first 4:31 of the second quarter provided Goucher with a 4-2 lead that was reduced to 4-3 when Susquehanna responded with a goal by Austen Lein with 9:44 left to play in the first half.

The Gophers (10-1, 3-0 Landmark) went back up by two on an extra-man goal by Ingram midway through the period, by three on an even-strength goal by Kyle Boncaro (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) and then by four on a man-up goal by Sam Morgan (Wilmot, N.H./Kearsarge Regional) with 1:27 remaining before halftime.

The only goal the Gophers put on the scoreboard in the third quarter was during an extra-man opportunity for the Crusaders (5-6, 1-2 Landmark). The man-down goal with 2:16 remaining in the period was scored by Rory Averett (Ivyland, Pa./Council Rock North), extending the senior attackman's streak to 31 consecutive games with at least one goal.

Goucher entered the fourth quarter up 8-5 and Boncaro accounted for the only goal of the period. The senior attackman's unassisted goal with 8:26 left to play was his 31st of the season.

The Gophers, who finished with a 39-20 edge in shots, improved to 6-0 all-time against the Crusaders.


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