SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The Susquehanna men’s lacrosse team fell into a 5-0 first-quarter deficit against visiting Franklin & Marshall and despite limiting the Diplomats to only 10 goals over the final 45 minutes of play, SU was unable to complete a comeback.
The Crusaders (2-4) pulled within five goals midway through the fourth quarter but could not close the gap any further over the remainder of the game.
Franklin & Marshall (4-2) had 45 shots to SU’s 23 and won 23 of the game’s 27 face-offs. Susquehanna starting goalie Jared Knowlton (North Salem, N.Y./Kent School) played the first 30 minutes and finished with five saves. Ted Benoit (Newtown, Conn./Newtown) played the final 30 minutes and also tallied five saves.
Three players had two goals apiece for Susquehanna in Jake Calder (Lutherville, Md./Dulaney), Austen Lein (New Vernon, N.J./Madison) and Pat Brogan (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield). Calder also added an assist for a team-high three-point game.
The Diplomats fired off five unanswered goals before time had even expired in the first quarter. However, Brogan got the second-quarter scoring started less than 30 seconds into the period but F&M responded with three more unanswered goals to make it an 8-1 game with 7:14 still left in the quarter.
SU scored three of the final four goals of the half, though, including one from Lein with 13 seconds remaining that made it 9-4 at the midway point of the game.
The teams traded goals over the third quarter to keep it a five-goal game (11-6) heading into the final 15 minutes of play.
Unfortunately, the Diplomats were able to score four of the five goals in the period to go on to the 15-7 victory over SU.
The Crusaders return to action on March 15 with a 1 p.m. game at Arcadia.
Men’s Lacrosse Cannot Overcome Early Deficit