Susquehanna's 7-0 Run Sinks Shenandoah

WINCHESTER, Va. - Visiting Susquehanna used a strong middle of the contest Thursday afternoon to down Shenandoah 13-7 in non-conference men's lacrosse action.

After Shenandoah (3-3) took a 3-1 lead by the end of the first, Susquehanna (2-2) answered with nine of the game's next 11 goals to take a 10-5 lead heading into the final stanza.

The two teams entered halftime tied 4-4 thanks to a Kyle Savage to Stephen LaTona goal for the hosts 55 seconds prior to the half, but the Crusaders dominated the third.

Following a Terrence Mulvey goal for the Hornets at 12:33 of the third, Susquehanna reeled off seven straight to take a commanding 12-5 lead with 11:44 remaining.

Sophomore Connor Bishop finally snapped the string for Shenandoah with an unassisted goal at 10:11, but the Hornets would get no closer than a six-goal deficit.

LaTona scored the final goal of the game off of a Tilghman Sanders feed with 3:58 to play.

Pat Brogan and Ryan Buckley paced the visitors with three goals each; Brogan added two assists. Susquehanna had 10 men register at least one point.

LaTona had three goals for Shenandoah with Mulvey adding two goals and one assist. Aaron Paul had the hosts' remaining goal.

Susquehanna had a 32-18 advantage in shots, scooped up 34 of the game's 61 groundballs and won 13 of 24 faceoffs. Ben Judy made seven saves for the hosts.

The Hornets are on the road this weekend at SUNY-Maritime.

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WINCHESTER, Va. Susquehanna used a nine-goal second half to break a 4-4 halftime tie and go on to win 13-9 at Shenandoah on Thursday afternoon. This marked the first of back-top-back road games this week for SU.

Ryan Buckley (Stony Brook, N.Y./Ward Melville) and Pat Brogan (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) each had tricks with Brogan also adding two goals for a five-point afternoon. Austen Lein (New Vernon, N.J./Madison) tied for a game-high with three assists while also adding a goal and Jake Calder (Lutherville, Md./Dulaney) netted two goals to go along with one assist.

Three goalies saw playing time for the Crusaders (2-2). Jared Knowlton (North Salem, N.Y./Kent School) started the game and logged 30 minutes of work while Ted Benoit (Newtown, Conn./Newtown) played all but the final 39 seconds of the game when Michael Fairley (Frederick, Md./St. Maria Goretti) took over. Knowlton had three saves while Benoit picked up one while allowing just one goal.

The Susquehanna defense had a solid game, picking up 34 ground balls to Shenandoah's 27 and forced 18 Hornets (3-3) turnovers while limiting Shenandoah to only 18 shots all afternoon.

Shenandoah out-scored SU 3-1 in the opening quarter with Calder accounting for the lone Crusader goal. The second quarter was the complete opposite as Susquehanna struck three times while limiting the Hornets to only score. Three different players accounted for the SU goals and the teams went into halftime tied at four.

The third quarter was all Susquehanna. The teams traded goals to start the period before the Crusaders scored five unanswered goals over an 11-minute span to go ahead by five goals, 10-5, heading into the final quarter of play.

That scoring streak continued with back-to-back goals from Brogan and Buckley to up SU's lead to 12-5 and the Crusaders held Shenandoah off the scoreboard for the final four minutes to seal the 13-7 victory.

Susquehanna remains on the road to face Randolph-Macon on March 8 at 12:00 p.m.

2014-03-06



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