SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The Susquehanna men’s lacrosse team thought it would be escaping to warmer weather down south to face Shenandoah on Thursday night, but a snowstorm in Virginia moved the game to SU’s home field where the Crusaders won 16-5.
Thursday evening’s win improved SU’s record to 3-2 on the season and the team has now won back-to-back games.
Austen Lein (New Vernon, N.J./Madison) led the way with a five-goal, four-assist outing, followed by two goals from Connor Moran (Delafield, Wisc./Kettle Moraine) and Phil Lapone (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex). Tylere Fritts (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) added four assists and one goal.
Goalie Will Torrence (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) played all but the final 10 minutes of the game and surrendered only four goals while making seven saves.
As a team, SU out-shot the Hornets (3-1) by a 40-24 mark and also capitalized on both extra-man opportunities.
A seven-goal second quarter quickly turned the tide in SU’s favor as the team led 9-1 with 5:27 still to play in the second quarter. Lein accounted for four of those seven goals including three-straight scores the last of which made it 6-1.
Shenandoah was able to score the final two goals of the half, though, and trimmed what had been an eight-goal lead to six (9-3).
The Crusader defense limited the Hornets to only three second-half goals while SU netted six of its own. Susquehanna scored all but one of the five third-quarter goals with four different Crusaders netting scores in the quarter, including Lein’s fifth of the evening.
Shenandoah was able to score back-to-back goals in the final quarter but Tyler Murkley (Rose Valley, Pa./Radnor) capped off the game’s scoring with a goal with 33 seconds remaining to make it a final score of 15-6 in favor of SU.
Susquehanna hits the road on Saturday to face Randolph at 12 p.m.
Unexpected Home Game Translates to SU Win