SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The Susquehanna men’s lacrosse team could not come out on top of Muhlenberg after the Mules of handed the Crusaders their first loss of 2014, 6-4, in SU’s first home game of the season on Wednesday afternoon.
Susquehanna (1-1) took the first lead of the game with a goal from senior Pat Brogan (Lancaster, Pa. / Hempfield). However, Muhlenberg responded with the tying goal at 6:17 in the first quarter. The Mules had 11 shots to Susquehanna’s five in the first quarter.
Junior Carmen Raroha (Voorhees, N.J. / Bishop Eustace) gave the Crusaders their second lead of the game to begin the second quarter as he was assisted by senior attack Austen Lein (New Vernon, N.J. / Madison). Muhlenberg tied it back up at 2-2 with only 29 ticks left the second period and game remained knotted at intermission.
Brogan scored again off an assist from Lein to put Susquehanna back in front, 3-2, with 11:41 to go in the third. But just over a minute later, the Mules tied the game on an unassisted score.
The Mules never led me until the fourth quarter when back-to-back goals put Muhlenberg ahead 4-3. Sophomore Jake Calder (Lutherville, Md. / Dulaney) scored the final goal for the Crusaders with 2:49 to play in the game before Muhlenberg secured the win with a goal at 1:40. For the afternoon, SU outshot Muhlenberg 35 to 29.
Sophomore Kade MacGregor (Centreville, Md. / Queen’s Anne’s County) had five groundballs and four caused turnovers with senior J.B. Montanye (Reisterstown, Md. / Loyola) also accumulating five ground balls. Sophomore Corrie Van Haasteren (Raymone, Maine / Hebron Academy) chipped in with two ground balls and three caused turnovers.
Junior goalie Jared Knowlton (North Salem, N.Y. / Kent School) got the start for Susquehanna and recorded eight saves on the day.
The Crusaders remain at home to take on King’s (Pa.) on Sunday, March 2 at 1 p.m.