WASHINGTON, D.C. – The fourth quarter proved to be the difference for the Susquehanna men’s lacrosse team as SU could not hold off Catholic in the final 15 minutes of action, falling 14-11 in a road game on Saturday afternoon.
The Cardinals (8-7, 3-3) held a slim, 10-9 lead heading into that final period but they out-scored SU (9-4, 3-2) 4-2 to grab the win.
Dustin Breakey (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) led the offensive attack for the Crusaders with four goals and an assist. Austen Lein (New Vernon, N.J./Madison) added three assists while Luke Delavan (Madison, N.J./Madison) finished with two goals and two assists.
Goalie Will Torrence (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) played all but the final 7:32 of the game and made 17 saves while giving up 13 goals. Jordan Daney (Wynnewood, Pa./Lower Merion) had one save and surrendered the final Catholic goal.
Catholic opened the game with back-to-back goals after just over eight minutes of play. The Crusaders responded with two unanswered goals to tie at two-all with 6:22 left and from there, neither team held more than a two-goal advantage until 11:55 was left in the game.
In the second quarter, there were a combined 10 goals, five for each squad. SU went up 4-3 on a Delavan score with 12:51 on the clock and remained ahead by one (6-5) on a Breakey score with 9:11 to play. Catholic ended the half by scoring two goals in a seven-second span, though, to make it an 8-7 Cardinals lead at halftime.
Both teams netted two goals in the third quarter before Catholic put up a four-goal effort in fourth quarter to come away with the win.
The Crusaders conclude their regular season on April 27 with a 4 p.m. game at Hood.