Susquehanna Garners Playoff-Clinching Win vs. Scranton

SELINSGROVE, Pa. Susquehanna came up with a big win over Scranton on Senior Night, taking down the Royals 8-7 to hand Scranton its first Landmark Conference loss of the season.

With the win, SU improves to 4-1 in conference action (8-7 overall), secures a spot in the Landmark Conference Tournament and picks up its fifth win in seven games.

The Crusaders rebounded from a 6-4 deficit late in the third quarter to come away with the 8-7 victory.

Senior Austen Lein (New Vernon, N.J./Madison) scored two goals and added an assist while Ryan Buckley (Stony Brook, N.Y./Ward Melville) finished with two goals and Nick Reardon (West Deptford, N.J./West Deptford) chipped in a goal and a game-high two assists.

Jared Knowlton (North Salem, N.Y./Kent School) got the start in goal and played all 60 minutes, making 12 saves and giving up only seven goals, including just one over the final 15-plus minutes of action.

The Royals (9-6, 4-1) struck first before Lein and Pat Brogan (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) scored back-to-back goals over the final two minutes of the opening quarter for a 2-1 Crusader lead after 15 minutes of play.

Scranton scored two of the three second-quarter goals, though, to make it a 3-3 game at halftime. The Royals then proceeded to score the first two goals of the third quarter to take a 5-3 lead.

SU remained down by two, 6-4, with 20 seconds left to play in the third period before J.B. Montanye (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola) found the back of the net with a mere eight seconds remaining to cut Scranton's lead to one (6-5).

Reardon then tied the game at six to spark a 3-0 Crusader run that put them ahead 8-6 with 7:56 left. The Royals were able to score just 90 seconds later to again make it a one-goal game at 8-7 but the SU defense held Scranton scoreless for the final 6:22 of the game.

Susquehanna closes out the regular season on April 26 with a 2:00 p.m. game at Catholic.

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SELINSGROVE, Pa.-In a game that featured a number of momentum swings, Susquehanna put together the one that mattered most, pulling out an 8-7 victory over Scranton in Landmark Conference lacrosse action Thursday evening.

Senior attacker Austen Lein (New Vernon, NJ/Madison) led the Crusaders with two goals and an assist, sophomore midfielder Ryan Buckley (Stony Brook, NY/Ward Melville) scored two goals, and sophomore attacker Nick Reardon (West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford) finished with a goal and two assists as Susquehanna improved to 8-7 overall and moved into a three-way tie with Scranton and Goucher College for first place in the Landmark at 4-1.

The Royals, who fell to 9-5 overall, were led by senior midfielder John Gregitis (Wayne, Pa./St. Joseph's Preparatory) with three goals, freshman attacker Ryan Mygatt (Bridgewater, NJ/Bridgewater-Raritan) had a goal and an assist, and seniors Mike Deliberti (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) and Gus Sturm (Devon, Pa./Conestoga) and sophomore Brad Elkin (West Chester, Pa./Malvern Prerparatory) chipped in a goal apiece.

Gregitis kick-started a 4-0 rally early in the second period with back-to-back goals as the Royals erased a 3-1 deficit to take a 5-3 lead with 6:44 remaining in the third period. Buckley then started a 5-1 run with a goal with 1:34 left in the third period that ended with a goal by sophomore midfielder Jake Calder (Lutherville, Md./Dulaney) with 7:56 remaining in the fourth to take the lead for good, 8-6.

Gregitis ended a 10-minute scoring draught for Scranton with an unassisted goal with 6:22 left, but the Royals were unable to score again on their final two possessions.

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