LYNCHBURG, Pa. – The third win in a row for the Susquehanna men’s lacrosse team came in the form of an 18-10 victory at Randolph on Saturday afternoon in Lynchburg, Va. Freshman Connor Moran (Delafield, Wisc./Kettle Moraine) led all scorers with his five-goal, two-assist outing.
Ten different players found the back of the net for SU (4-2) including Austen Lein (New Vernon, N.J./Madison) who had two goals and a game-high four assists and Ryan Natusch (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) had a pair of goals and three assists.
Freshman goalie Ted Benoit (Newtown, Conn./Newtown) got the start for the Crusaders and played the first 30 minutes, making one save and giving up four goals. Jared Knowlton (North Salem, N.J./Kent School) played all but the final five minutes of the second half and racked up four saves.
Susquehanna committed only 22 turnovers, out-shot the Wildcats by a 54-30 margin and capitalized on 4-of-8 man-up opportunities.
Randolph opened the game with two goals in the first six minutes before SU responded with two goals of its own from Lein and Phil Lapone (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex). Those two scores marked the final scoring of the first quarter for a 2-2 game after 15 minutes of play.
In the second quarter, the Crusaders out-scored the Wildcats 6-2 thanks in part to three Moran goals. Randolph tied it at three before Lein broke the tie with an unassisted score and Moran’s third goal of the quarter came with 1:04 remaining to make it an 8-4 game at halftime.
Susquehanna came out of halftime and promptly rattled off five-straight goals to up its lead to nine (13-4). Randolph scored two of the final three goals of the quarter but still trailed 14-5 with just 15 minutes left to play.
The Wildcats made it a game by scoring five goals over those remaining 15 minutes to get within just six goals (16-10) with 5:30 still to play. SU was able to keep Randolph off the scoreboard for the remainder of the game, though, while tacking on two insurance goals for the final 18-10 victory.
The Crusaders remain on the road to face Franklin & Marshal on March 13 at 3 p.m.
Three in a Row for Men’s Lacrosse