Crusaders Down Shenandoah in Game Moved to Susquehanna

SELINSGROVE, Pa. Susquehanna thought it would be escaping to warmer weather down south to face Shenandoah on Thursday night, but a snowstorm in Virginia moved the game to SU's home field where the Crusaders won 15-6.

Thursday evening's win improved SU's record to 3-2 on the season and the team has now won back-to-back games.

Austen Lein (New Vernon, N.J./Madison) led the way with a five-goal, four-assist outing, followed by two goals from Connor Moran (Delafield, Wisc./Kettle Moraine) and Phil Lapone (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex). Tylere Fritts (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) added four assists and one goal.

Goalie Will Torrence (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) played all but the final 10 minutes of the game and surrendered only four goals while making seven saves.

As a team, SU out-shot the Hornets (3-1) by a 40-24 mark and also capitalized on both extra-man opportunities.

A seven-goal second quarter quickly turned the tide in SU's favor as the team led 9-1 with 5:27 still to play in the second quarter. Lein accounted for four of those seven goals including three-straight scores the last of which made it 6-1.

Shenandoah was able to score the final two goals of the half, though, and trimmed what had been an eight-goal lead to six (9-3).

The Crusader defense limited the Hornets to only three second-half goals while SU netted six of its own. Susquehanna scored all but one of the five third-quarter goals with four different Crusaders netting scores in the quarter, including Lein's fifth of the evening.

Shenandoah was able to score back-to-back goals in the final quarter but Tyler Murkley (Rose Valley, Pa./Radnor) capped off the game's scoring with a goal with 33 seconds remaining to make it a final score of 15-6 in favor of SU.

Susquehanna hits the road on Saturday to face Randolph at 12:00 p.m.

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SELINSGROVE, Pa. The Shenandoah University men's lacrosse team saw its season-opening three-game winning streak snapped with a 15-6 non-league loss at Susquehanna Thursday afternoon.

The Hornets (3-1) got a Sean Ohlhaver goal to open the contest, but the Crusaders (3-2) reeled off nine straight to take a lead they would not relinquish.

Shenandoah was held scoreless from 13:39 of the first, when Ohlhaver scored to open the game, until Matt Justice tallied with just 4:46 remaining before halftime.

In between, the hosts scored nine goals from four different players to take a 9-3 lead into the halftime intermission.

Austin Lein had four of his team-high five goals during this run.

Justice' goal did start a three-goal Hornets run that made the score 9-4 early in the third, but Susquehanna answered at 8:27 to push the margin back to five goals.

Coach Mike Kruger's club would get no closer than the five-goal deficit the rest of the way.

Connor Bishop and Seth Fisher had the final two goals of the game for Kruger's club.

Ohlhaver paced the visitors with two goals and one assist.

Susquehanna had a 40-24 advantage in shots and scooped up 35 of the game's 64 groundballs. The Hornets won 15 of 24 faceoffs, including 7 of 11 in the second half.

Tyler Quinn made seven saves in playing the initial 45 minutes of the game.

Shenandoah hosts SUNYIT on Sunday in a 1:00 non-league contest.


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