Crusaders Finish Strong but Fall Short vs. Messiah

Photo Credit: D. Fickett

Box Score

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. – Five different players scored for the Susquehanna men's lacrosse team but the Crusaders ultimately fell 7-5 to Messiah in Wednesday afternoon's road contest.

SU trailed 5-1 at halftime but despite out-scoring the Falcons 4-2 in the second half could not complete the comeback.

Nick Citron (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) finished with one of those five goals and also added an assist. Two different goalies took the field for SU (3-5). Jared Knowlton (North Salem, N.Y./Kent School) started and played the first two quarters, finishing with three saves, before Jonathan Berg (Chester, N.J./Mendham) entered the game for the second half and gave up just two goals while making eight stops.

Neither team scored for the first five-plus minutes of the game until Messiah's Will Franken scored with 9:57 to play. A mere 30 seconds later the Falcons (2-4) scored again for a 2-0 lead and Messiah scored twice over the final 3:28 of the half to put SU in a 4-0 hole after 15 minutes of play.

Messiah's Drew Pagenkopf netted a goal with 8:29 remaining the half but Chet McLaughlin (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) got SU on the board with a goal at the 5:48 mark for a 5-1 game which remained the score at halftime.

After scoring the one and only goal of the third quarter, Messiah had upped its lead to 6-1 but that was followed by three unanswered Susquehanna goals – from three different players – top open the fourth quarter to suddenly make it a two-goal game, 6-4, 11:05 still to play in the game.

More than seven minutes passed without another goal from either team before Messiah's Ryan mayer scored with 4:41 on the clock for a 7-4 game.

Citron responded with a goal just over one minute later to again close the gap to just two goals, 7-5. The Crusaders' Ryan Buckley (Stony Brook, N.Y./Ward Melville) and Carmen Raroha (Voorhees, N.J./Bishop Eustace) each fired off shots in the final 70 seconds but both went wide of goal as Messiah held on for the win.

Messiah won 12-of-16 face-offs in the game and neither team converted on any of their extra-man opportunities.

Susquehanna returns home to host Landmark Conference opponent Drew on Saturday, March 22 at 2:30 p.m.