No. 11 Susquehanna Downs Drew in Landmark Opener

SELINSGROVE, Pa. No. 11 Susquehanna picked up its 10th win of the season on Thursday evening in the form of a 14-4 victory over visiting Drew in the teams' Landmark Conference opener.

The Crusaders (10-0, 1-0) led from start to finish and were aided by a 10-goal first half as well as a defense that did not allow a goal until 37 minutes into the action.

Annie McElaney (Natick, Mass./Natick) led all scorers with five goals while Michelle McGinniss (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) and Emma Ehler (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) netted three goals apiece. In total, six different players scored in the game while eight players finished with at least one point.

McGinniss led all players with 10 draw controls while Emma Jones (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy) and McGinniss picked up five ground balls each with Jones also causing three turnovers. Goalie Emily Stankaitis (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) finished with five saves.

As a team, SU out-shot Drew (4-5, 0-1) by a 40-21 margin and won 15 of 20 draw controls.

While the Crusaders' defense was busy holding Drew without a single goal for the first half, Susquehanna's offense proceeded to net 10 goals over the first 30 minutes, including two within the first 70 seconds of action.

After just 11 minutes of play, SU found itself ahead 7-0 before going the next 16 minutes without a goal. However, the Crusaders were able to add three goals in the final 3:12 of the half to take a 10-0 lead at the midway point of the game.

Ehler came out of halftime and scored her third goal of the game at the 27:35 mark for an 11-0 SU lead. Drew got on the board for the first time all night four minutes later before the Crusaders strung together three unanswered goals for a 13-goal advantage (14-1).

The Rangers did score the final three goals of the game but still lost by a 10-goal margin, 14-4.

SU returns to action on April 8 with a 4:00 p.m. road game at Elizabethtown.


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