Susquehanna Defense Shuts Down Hood

SELINSGROVE, Pa. Susquehanna scored six first-half goals en route to a 7-2 win over visiting Hood on Tuesday night, thus leveling the team's record to 2-2 on the young season.

A six-goal first half got the game started on a high note for the Crusaders and John Kerrigan (Maple Glen, Pa./La Salle College HS) accounted for three of Susquehanna's seven goals in the game. Four other players each netted one goal apiece for SU (2-2) which out-shot Hood (1-4) by a 36-24 margin.

Starting goalie Jared Knowlton (North Salem, N.J./Kent School) played just under 58 minutes of the game and racked up 10 saves while allowing just two goals all night, the fewest scored by a Crusader opponent since Wilkes scored just two in a 4-2 SU win on March 3 of last season.

SU netted five unanswered goals to open the game with all five scores coming from different players. Marcus Cheatham (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola) scored the final goal of the opening quarter for a 5-0 Susquehanna lead.

The teams both netted one goal apiece in the second quarter with Kerrigan scoring his second goal of the game with 7:52 left in the second quarter. Hood finally got on the board with 2:37 left in the second quarter but still trailed 6-1 at halftime.

The Blazers scored the opening goal of the third quarter after just 75 seconds of action to make it 6-2 but Kerrigan responded six minutes later with his third goal of the game to bring Susquehanna's lead back to five (7-2).

Neither team found the back of the net in the fourth quarter despite 11 shots from Susquehanna. The Crusader defense held Hood to just three shots, though, with just two on goal as SU held on for the victory.

Susquehanna hits the road for two games beginning March 7 with a 6:00 p.m. game at Shenandoah.

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SELINSGROVE, Pa.--Junior Joey O'Hara netted a pair of goals for Hood (1-4) in a 7-2 nonconference defeat at the hands of the Susquehanna Crusaders (2-2) Tuesday evening.

O'Hara netted single tallies in the third and fourth quarters to bring his team-leading total on the season to six. Alex Engler dished his team-best fifth assist on O'Hara's first score while Chris Wilbur notched his fourth assist of the season on O'Hara's fourth-quarter goal.

Randolph Clark had another stellar performance at the face-off "x", winning nine of his 10 attempts for the Blazers. James Weger forced a pair of turnovers on defense while Engler, Zachary Speights, Adam Patterson and Cody Mai also caused Crusader miscues.

Joseph McCulloh made the start in the net and rejected five shots in the first quarter while John Martin patrolled the cage for the remaining three periods and stopped 15 shots.

Susquehanna's John Kerrigan registered three goals and an assist while Connor Moran contributed a man-up goal and two assists.

Hood returns to Thomas Athletic Field Friday for a 3:30 p.m. match-up against Neumann.

2013-03-05



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