SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Despite rallying from a four-goal deficit to force overtime, the Susquehanna men’s lacrosse team could not complete the comeback and fell 9-8 to visiting Marywood in the third overtime period.
The Crusaders (6-7) trailed 8-4 early in the fourth quarter but rattled off four unanswered goals to send the game to overtime. The game lasted through two overtime periods before the Pacers’ Cody Bachman scored with 1:28 to play in the third overtime to end the game.
Chet McLaughlin (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) netted the equalizer with a mere six seconds left in regulation in his only goal of the game. Austen Lein (New Vernon, N.J./Madison) finished with three goals and two assists while Pat Brogan (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) had two scores.
Marywood (6-7) won 14-of-20 face-offs but SU out-shot the Pacers 33-25 and forced 20 Marywood turnovers while committing just 12 of its own.
Freshman goalie Jonathan Berg (Chester, N.J./Mendham) played the first 30 minutes before Jared Knowlton (North Salem, N.Y./Kent School) entered the game at the start of the second half and played the remaining 40:32 of the game. Knowlton finished with six saves.
Lein and Brogan scored the first two goals of the game – and the only two goals of the quarter – to give Susquehanna a 2-0 lead after 15 minutes of action.
There were a combined seven goals in the second quarter. The teams traded the first four goals of the period as SU maintained a 4-2 lead with just 3:11 remaining. Unfortunately, Marywood managed to score three goals over the final 1:24 of play to turn a 4-2 SU lead into a 5-4 Pacers lead.
Marywood scored the only two goals of the third quarter as well as the first goal of the fourth quarter to maintain a four-goal advantage (8-4) with 14:06 left in regulation.
This time it was SU’s turn to go on a run, though, and the Crusaders put together a 4-0 stretch that included two goals from Lein and the game-tying one from McLaughlin to force Susquehanna’s first overtime game of the season and first since March 17, 2012 (10-9 L vs. Drew)
The first two four-minute overtime periods passed without a goal until Bachman netted an unassisted score from directly in front of the SU net to hand Marywood the 9-8 victory.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, April 12 with a 12 p.m. game at Landmark Conference opponent Washington & Jefferson..
Overtime Decision Goes against Crusaders