SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Susquehanna's men's lacrosse team celebrated Senior Day with a crucial 12-9 victory over Landmark Conference foe Scranton on Saturday afternoon.
The Royals (7-4, 2-2) went ahead 1-0 at 5:45 in the first quarter but Luke Delavan (Madison, N.J. / Madison) scored the equalizer with 1:27 left in the period. Matt Weiner (Bound Brook, N.J. / Bridgewater-Raritan) found the back of the net off a Pat Brogan (Lancaster, Pa. / Hempfield) pass as Susquehanna (8-6, 3-2) went ahead 2-1 with only 11 seconds left in the first.
Austen Lein (New Vernon, N.J. / Madison) fired home an unassisted goal to increase the Crusader lead 3-1 only 48 seconds into the second quarter. Scranton then scored three unanswered goals and reclaimed the lead 4-3 at 7:04.
Matt Brady (Charlotte, N.C. / Providence) ripped in a goal to tie the contest at 4-4 with 5:37 left in the second. SU went back on top 5-4 as Brogan scored a man-up goal with help from Dustin Breakey (Mechanicsburg, Pa. / Cumberland Valley) and held the lead at halftime.
SU outshot Scranton 19-12 in the opening half and held an 18-11 advantage on ground balls.
Lein opened up the second half with a goal assisted from Delavan and Delavan scored a man-up goal off a helper from Tim Pastore (Ridgewood, N.J. / Ridgewood) to increase the SU lead to 7-4 with 9:55 remaining in the third quarter.
After a Royal goal trimmed the lead to 7-5, SU went on a three-goal run including a pair of goals by Breakey to go ahead 10-5.
Pastore scored twice in the fourth to push the Crusader lead to 12-7. Scranton mounted a rally as the Royals came with three (12-9) but SU held on for the important conference win.
Lein had a hat trick for SU and Breakey, Delavan and Pastore all finished with two goals apiece. Trae Humphreys (Wilmington, Del. / Sanford) picked up 11 ground balls.
Jordan Daney (Wynnewood, Pa./ Lower Merion) registered five saves, earning his fourth win of the year.
Both teams fired off 36 shots each and SU won 16 of 25 face-offs in the contest.
The Orange and Maroon will look to ride the momentum from this big win into their next game, a Landmark contest at Catholic on Saturday, April 21 at 12:00 p.m.