SU Celebrates Senior Day by Defeating Scranton

SELINSGROVE, Pa. Susquehanna's men's lacrosse team celebrated Senior Day with a crucial 12-9 victory over Landmark Conference foe Scranton on Saturday afternoon.

The Royals (7-4, 2-2) went ahead 1-0 at 5:45 in the first quarter but Luke Delavan (Madison, N.J./Madison) scored the equalizer with 1:27 left in the period. Matt Weiner (Bound Brook, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) found the back of the net off a Pat Brogan (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) pass as Susquehanna (8-6, 3-2) went ahead 2-1 with only 11 seconds left in the first.

Austen Lein (New Vernon, N.J./Madison) fired home an unassisted goal to increase the Crusader lead 3-1 only 48 seconds into the second quarter. Scranton then scored three unanswered goals and reclaimed the lead 4-3 at 7:04.

Matt Brady (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) ripped in a goal to tie the contest at 4-4 with 5:37 left in the second. SU went back on top 5-4 as Brogan scored a man-up goal with help from Dustin Breakey (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) and held the lead at halftime.

SU outshot Scranton 19-12 in the opening half and held an 18-11 advantage on ground balls.

Lein opened up the second half with a goal assisted from Delavan and Delavan scored a man-up goal off a helper from Tim Pastore (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) to increase the SU lead to 7-4 with 9:55 remaining in the third quarter.

After a Royal goal trimmed the lead to 7-5, SU went on a three-goal run including a pair of goals by Breakey to go ahead 10-5.

Pastore scored twice in the fourth to push the Crusader lead to 12-7. Scranton mounted a rally as the Royals came with three (12-9) but SU held on for the important conference win.

Lein had a hat trick for SU and Breakey, Delavan and Pastore all finished with two goals apiece. Trae Humphreys (Wilmington, Del./Sanford) picked up 11 ground balls.

Jordan Daney (Wynnewood, Pa./ Lower Merion) registered five saves, earning his fourth win of the year.

Both teams fired off 36 shots each and SU won 16 of 25 face-offs in the contest.

The Orange and Maroon will look to ride the momentum from this big win into their next game, a Landmark contest at Catholic on Saturday, April 21 at 12:00 p.m.

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SELINSGROVE, Pa.-With only two weeks remaining in the regular season, Scranton finds itself in a tight squeeze for one of four Landmark Conference tournament berths.

Especially after today's 12-9 lost to Susquehanna this afternoon at Sassafras Field, which puts the Royals into a tie for fourth place with a road game remaining against league-leader Goucher next Saturday, April 21, in Towson, Maryland, before hosting Catholic in the season finale on Saturday, April 28, at Fitzpatrick Field.

Leading 5-4 at intermission, the Crusaders opened up an in surmountable three-goal lead after three periods of play to improve to 8-6 overall and 3-2 in the conference. The loss was the second straight for Scranton, now 7-4 overall and 2-2 in the Landmark.

Sophomore attacker Austen Lein (New Vernon, NJ/Madison) led Susquehanna with three goals, including two during a 7-1 run spurt that turned a 4-3 deficit in the second period into a 10-5 lead early in the fourth period.

The Crusaders also received two goals and two assists from senior attacker Dustin Breakey (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley), two goals and an assist from senior attacker Luke Delavan (Madison, NJ/Madison), and two goals from senior midfielder Tim Pastore (Ridgewood, NJ/Ridgewood).

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