SCRANTON, Pa. - The Susquehanna men's lacrosse team saw a three-goal halftime lead over Marywood disappear in the second half but a John Kerrigan (Maple Glen, Pa./La Salle College HS) goal with just four minutes to play proved to be the game winner in a 10-9 Crusader win.
SU (9-5) got a break when a Marywood goal with two seconds on the clock was called off after a failed stick check on Riley Dobel who had netted what appeared to be the game-tying goal.
Austen Lein (New Vernon, N.J./Madison) and Tylere Fritts (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) each recorded hat tricks with Lein also adding two assists. Goalie Will Torrence (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) finished with 15 saves in his 60 minutes of work.
SU held a 39-31 edge in shots and had only 19 turnovers to the Pacers 27.
After 15 minutes of play the Crusaders led 2-1 on an unassisted Lein score less than five minutes into the game. Ten minutes later Marywood (3-10) capitalized on a man-up opportunity and tied the game at one with 3:32 on the clock but exactly 30 seconds later Fritts broke that tie to put SU ahead 2-1.
SU went on to out-score the Pacers by a 4-2 margin in the second quarter. The teams traded goals over the first six-plus minutes of the game before a Marcus Cheatham (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola) goal at the 8:52 mark made it 4-2 in favor of the Crusaders. Fritts later scored the final goal of the half, one that made it a 6-3 Susquehanna lead.
Marywood broke out for five goals in the third quarter while holding SU to just two to tie the game at eight with one quarter to play.
The Pacers took their first lead of the afternoon (9-8) on a goal at the 9:48 mark of the fourth quarter but Lein countered with a game-tying goal with 8:47 to play.
The game remained knotted at nine until Kerrigan scored with 4:15 on the clock to break the tie and put Susquehanna up 10-9. With two ticks left on the clock, Dobel scored with what appeared to be the game-tying goal but had that goal waived off due to the failed stick check.
The Crusaders return home on Saturday, April 20 to host Landmark Conference opponent Catholic at 1 p.m.
Men’s Lacrosse Holds off Marywood in Midweek Action