Susquehanna Picks up Two Wins on West Coast Trip

CLAREMONT, Calif. Life out on the West Coast is treating Susquehanna well as the Crusaders picked up back-to-back wins, defeating Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Sunday followed by a win over Pomona Pitzer on Monday night.

The Crusaders (3-0) mounted a comeback to win 11-10 over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (2-4) and followed that with a decisive 17-7 victory over Pomona-Pitzer (3-3).

Against the Athenas, Emma Ehler (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) netted five goals while freshman Annie McElaney (Natick, Mass./Natick) had four. Goalie Emily Stankaitis (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honoeye Falls-Lima) finished with six saves.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps jumped out to a 2-0 lead and stretched that lead to four goals (5-1). However, SU managed to score four of the final six goals of the half to make it just a two-goal game, 7-5, at halftime.

The Crusaders came out of halftime and netted five unanswered goals to quickly turn the tides and take a 10-7 lead. That proved to be enough to hold off a late charge from the Athenas that included the final two goals of the game.

In Monday night's contest at Pomona-Pitzer, Ehler scored another five goals as did teammate Michelle McGinniss (Randolph, N.J./Randolph). Meredith Crane (Maplewood, N.J./Columbia) finished with two goals and a game-high three assists. In addition, with her assist against the Sage Hens, Lindsey Derstine (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) picked up her 100th career point.

Stankaitis allowed only five goals in her 54-plus minutes of action while racking up 10 saves, eight of which came in the first half.

Thanks in part to four Ehler goals over the first 16 minutes of the game, SU led 6-1 with 14:28 still to play in the opening half. Pomona-Pitzer scored just its second goal of the game at the 6:21 mark that made it 10-2, but the Crusaders scored three more goals before time expired and eventually took a 12-3 lead at the midway point of the game.

Susquehanna's solid first half essentially put the game out of reach for the Sage Hens who, despite limiting SU to five goals in the second half, fell 17-7.

The Crusaders are back in action on Wednesday, March 6 when they take on Redlands at 10:00 p.m. EST.

2013-03-05



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