SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Holding a 7-4 lead heading into the
fourth quarter, the Susquehanna men’s lacrosse team saw that
lead disappear as its game with Catholic headed into overtime where
the Cardinals ultimately prevailed, 8-7.
SU (5-4, 0-2) held a three-goal lead after three quarters in large part to its combined six goals in the second and third quarters while limiting Catholic (9-2, 2-0) to only two goals during that span.
Dustin Breakey (Mechancisburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) had a hat trick for the Crusaders while Luke Delavan (Madison, N.J./Madison) had one goal and a game-high three assists.
SU goalie Jordan Daney (Wynnewood, Pa./Lower Merion) finished the game with 15 saves, including six in the third quarter.
The Crusaders won 11-of-19 face-offs and held a 38-26 edge in ground balls. Marcus Cheatham (Reistertown, Md./Loyola HS) led the way with 10 of those ground balls.
Freshman Billy Spack (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) got the scoring started with 9:35 on the clock to give SU the quick, 1-0 advantage. The Cardinals, however, ended the opening quarter with back-to-back goals from Jimmy Sinnott to grab a 2-1 lead.
The Crusaders rallied to string together three straight goals, with two from Breakey, in the first five minutes of the second quarter. Despite allowing Sinnott to score the final goal of the half, SU still maintained a halftime 4-3 lead.
Catholic’s Tyler Catalani tied the game at four with his goal at 12:48 in the third quarter, but Susquehanna put together another three-goal stretch with goals from three different players that made it 7-4 heading into the final quarter of play.
In that fourth quarter, the Cardinals put four goals on the board, with three coming in a span of 35 seconds, and led 8-7 with 2:01 to play.
SU was not ready to hand the win to Catholic, though, as
Tim Pastore (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) netted the
equalizer with 20 seconds on the clock to send the game into
Unfortunately Catholic’s Brendan Englert found the back of the net with 1:28 on the clock to give his squad the victory.
Next game: Sunday, April 10 at Elmira – 2 p.m.