Diplomats Down Crusaders

Diplomats Down Crusaders

Box Score

LANCASTER, Pa. – A modest, three-game win streak came to an end for the Susquehanna men’s lacrosse team on Wednesday as the Crusaders fell 10-4 at Franklin & Marshall.

SU (4-3) netted one goal in each quarter but the Diplomats (3-2) used a six-goal second half to put the game out of reach.

Four different players accounted for those four Crusader goals and two different players picked up assists. Goalie Will Torrence (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) played all but the final 5:05 of the game and finished with seven saves.

F&M had only nine more shots than Susquehanna (38-29) but won 10-of-17 face-offs. The Susquehanna defense did keep the Diplomats from converting on any of their extra-man opportunities, though.

The Diplomats got out to a 2-0 start before Phil Lapone (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex) scored SU’s first goal of the game with 3:05 left in the first quarter to make it a 2-1 game.

Seven minutes into the second quarter, Tylere Fritts (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) netted the equalizer on an unassisted goal to make it 2-2. F&M scored the final two goals of the quarter, including one with 31 seconds remaining, but still led by just two (4-2) at halftime.

Unfortunately the Crusaders scored only two goals over the remaining 30 minutes of action while F&M scored six, including the first four of the third quarter. SU did not get back on the board until 1:15 remained in the quarter when J.B. Montanye (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola) broke the Diplomats’ scoring streak with a goal that made it 8-3.

F&M was able to score the first two goals of the fourth and final quarter to lead 10-3 before Austen Lein (New Vernon,N.J./Madison) netted the final goal of the game at the 5:05 mark for the final 10-4 score.

The Crusaders remain on the road to open Landmark Conference play on Saturday with a 1 p.m. game at Drew.