Men’s Lacrosse Remains Perfect

Men’s Lacrosse Remains Perfect

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – For the first time in program history, the Susquehanna men's lacrosse team is off to a 4-0 start after the Crusaders held off Shenandoah 7-6 in SU's 2015 home opener.

Susquehanna's defense held its second-straight opponent to just six goals and freshman goalie Sam Ash (Laurel, Del./Delmar), making his first career start, finished with six saves.

Chet McLaughlin (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) had two goals to lead the Crusaders while Greg Rabiecki (Maplewood, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) had a three-point afternoon with one goal and two assists.

SU (4-0) had 47 shots to just 16 by the Hornets (3-2) and forced 21 Shenandoah turnovers.

James Harabedian (Stockton, N.J./Delaware Valley Regional) and Adam Fox (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield) gave Susquehanna a 2-0 lead with goals at the 14:39 and 11:10 marks, respectively, of the opening quarter. The Hornets responded though, with two goals over the final 5:51 of the period to make it a tie game at the end of the quarter.

Shenandoah kept up the scoring with two unanswered goals in the second quarter for a 4-2 advantage. This time the Crusaders responded with a scoring streak of their own, rattling off three goals over a five-minute span with scores from three different players for an eventual 5-4 halftime lead.

Each team netted a goal in the third quarter and SU maintained a 6-5 lead heading into the final 15 minutes of play.

With 12:23 to play, Nick Kifolo (Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg Area) added what would be a crucial goal as his score made it 7-5. Just over six minutes later, Shenandoah's Connor Bishop capitalized on a man-up opportunity with his goal trimming lead back to just one (7-6).

The Hornets had just two shots over the remainder of the game, though, as SU held on for the win.

The Crusaders remain at home to host Lycoming on Sunday, March 8 at 1 p.m.