Five SU Men’s Lacrosse Players Receive All-Conference Recognition

Five SU Men’s Lacrosse Players Receive All-Conference Recognition

TOWSON, Md. – Five Susquehanna men’s lacrosse players earned All-Landmark Conference honors with the All-Conference Teams announced Thursday morning.

Marcus Cheatham (Reisterstown, Md. / Loyola) and Dave Rinaldi (Hingham, Mass. / Boston College HS) were named to the First Team as a short-stick defensive midfielder and defensive player, respectively. Attack Austen Lein (New Vernon, N.J./Madison), midfielder John Kerrigan (Maple Glen, Pa./La Salle College HS) and long-stick midfielder Brian Sowyrda (Grafton, Mass./Grafton) were all named to the Second Team.

Rinaldi, Lein, Kerrigan and Sowyrda were all honored for the first time in their careers while Cheatham picked up his fourth All-Conference selection.

Cheatham has now been named a First-Team recipient three of the past four years (2010, 2012, 2013). Cheatham started 16 of 18 games this spring and had seven goals and three assists for 10 points. The three-time team captain also had 42 ground balls and eight caused turnovers to his credit for a team that out-shot its opponents by a 617-587 margin.

Rinaldi, also a team captain, helped anchor the SU defense this season. He started all 19 games and had 37 ground balls and 19 caused turnovers. He also chipped his first career goal and one assist for Susquehanna this spring.

Lein, meanwhile, paced the Crusader offense with a team-high 32 goals and 22 assists for 54 points. He finished with three game-winning goals as well as four man-up scores. Lein has also scooped up 49 ground balls.

Kerrigan, a captain, appeared in 19 games and was third on the team in goals with 20. He also had 10 assists for 30 points.

Finally, Sowyrda had a career year for the Crusader defense this spring. He started all but one game and was second on the team with 22 caused turnovers to go along with 27 ground balls. Sowyrda also added two assists for SU and committed only three turnovers himself all season.

The Crusaders put together a historic 2013 season with a program-record 12 wins en route to capturing their first-ever conference championship with last Saturday’s 6-3 home victory over USMMA. In Wednesday’s NCAA Division III Tournament opening round, SU fell to No. 8 Salisbury 22-2.