Spring Sports Gearing Up for Action

Spring Sports Gearing Up for Action

It might not feel like spring in Central Pennsylvania, but the majority of Susquehanna’s spring teams has already opened or will open their spring seasons in the coming days.

The Crusader baseball team had its season-opening series against Mary Washington cancelled so now the 2015 campaign officially gets underway March 1 as the team begins its week-long spring break trip in Florida.

SU, which was slated to finish first in the Landmark Conference Preseason Poll, will play eight games in Florida. The Crusaders open their home season March 21-22 with a three-game series against conference opponent Juniata.

Susquehanna finished with a program-record 30 victories last spring, won its first-ever Landmark Conference title and won two games in the NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Regional.

Men’s Lacrosse
The men’s lacrosse squad is the only team to have officially opened its season, defeating Muhlenberg 12-10 on Feb. 25. Like the baseball team, men’s lacrosse was pegged for a first-place finish in the conference’s preseason poll after the Crusaders captured their second-straight Landmark title last spring.

SU hits the road to face King’s on Feb. 28 and Randolph-Macon on March 3 before opening its home season with games against Shenandoah and Lycoming on March 5 and March 8, respectively.

Head coach Stewart Moan is in his eighth year at the helm of the program and this year’s team appears to have the ideal mix of youth and veteran leadership and experience.

As has been the case for the past several years, the Susquehanna softball team will open its season in Clermont, Florida. Starting March 1, the Crusaders are schedulde to play 10 games over a six-day span, including No. 6 Trine on March 1 and No. 20 Augustana on March 5.

Upon returning from Florida, the team opens conference play on March 15 with a doubleheader at Drew and the first home doubleheader is slated for March 17 against Dickinson.

SU went 12-0 in Landmark action a year ago and received a No. 1 preseason ranking from the Landmark Conference.

Women’s Lacrosse
Finally, the women’s lacrosse team is taking a different direction, literally, from the other spring sports as the Crusaders travel to Colorado for two games over spring break. They open their season on March 2 at Colorado College and will also face Augustana (Ill.) on March 4 at Colorado College.

SU travels to McDaniel on March 11 before hosting Widener on March 14 in the team’s home opener.

Susquehanna went 12-6 in 2014 with a 5-1 mark in Landmark play and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, the second-straight year the team has earned an at-large bid.