SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Despite jumping out to an early lead, the Susquehanna men’s lacrosse team could not hang on and fell to Landmark Conference foe Goucher 13-7 on Saturday afternoon.
The Crusaders (6-6, 2-1 Landmark) notched a goal at the 8:12 mark of the first quarter off the stick of Austen Lein (New Vernon, N.J. / Madison), but unfortunately, were outscored by the Gophers (5-5, 3-1) 6-1 until a score by Conor Boyland (Long Valley, N.J. / West Morris Central) cut the deficit to 6-2, which stood at halftime.
Goucher began the second half of play by scoring six unanswered goals to put SU into a 12-2 hole. But back-to-back man-up goals by senior Pat Brogan (Lancaster, Pa. / Hempfield) cut the Goucher lead down to 12-4 entering the fourth period.
Lein scored less than 20 seconds into the final quarter to get the Crusaders within seven (12-5) but the Gophers answered with a scored at 9:57 to take a 13-5 advantage. Junior Carmen Raroha (Voorhees, N.J. / Bishop Eustace) notched an unassisted goal with less than four minutes to go and J.A. Howland (Lititz, Pa. / Warwick) found the back of the net with 2:30 remaining but time ran out on SU as the Crusaders dropped their first league game of the season.
Lein finished with four points on the afternoon and Brogan followed with three to lead the offensive attack. Freshman Jonathan Berg (Chester, N.J. / Mendham) suffered the defeat as the rookie play more than 37 minutes, facing 21 shots and recording 11 saves.
Junior Jared Knowlton (North Salem, N.Y. / Kent School) relieved Berg in the third quarter and made seven stops while facing 10 shots.
SU remains at home to host Marywood for a non-conference contest on Wednesday, April 5 at 4 p.m.