WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Susquehanna men’s lacrosse offense was held to just five goals in its Saturday matchup afternoon matchup at King’s and they weren’t enough for a win as the Monarchs took down SU 10-5.
The Crusaders (1-2) scored just one first-half goal and their four goals over the final 30 minutes of action were not enough to come from behind for a win.
Five different players accounted for SU’s goals. Ryan Natusch (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) scored one of those goals and also added an assist for the only multi-point performance for Susquehanna. Brian Sowyrda (Grafton, Mass./Grafton) forced four King’s turnovers while Kade MacGregor (Centreville, Md./Queen Anne’s County) had three caused turnovers and a team-high seven ground balls.
Goalie Will Torrence (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) played all but the final three minutes of the game and recorded six saves.
Susquehanna actually out-shot King’s (2-0) by a 30-27 margin and forced 26 Monarch’s turnovers while committing just 18 of its own, but King’s was able to make its shots count in the form of 10 goals, six of which came in the second half.
The Monarchs scored the first three goals of the game before Marcus Cheatham (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola) was able to break that streak on an unassisted goal with 2:27 left in the opening quarter.
King’s Lenny Fox scored the one and only goal of the second quarter and his team took a 4-1 advantage at halftime with the lead still easily within reach for the Crusaders.
The first four goals of the third quarter were all scored by the Monarchs as they took a seven-goal lead (8-1) with a little less than 22 minutes remaining in the game.
Tylere Fritts (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) and Austen Lein (New Vernon, N.J./Madison) scored back-to-back goals to end the third quarter that made it 8-3 and Natusch scored the opening goal of the final quarter to cut King’s lead to four (8-4). However, the Monarchs scored two of the final three goals of the game to put the contest away.
Susquehanna returns to the field on Tuesday to host Hood at 7 p.m.
Shortage of Goals Leads to Loss for Men’s Lacrosse