Men’s Lacrosse Makes History

Men’s Lacrosse Makes History

LANCASTER, Pa. – Trailing No. 18 Franklin & Marshall 7-6 with just minutes remaining in regulation, the Susquehanna men's lacrosse team rallied to tie the game and force overtime. In overtime, the Crusaders defeated the Diplomats 8-7 on a game-winning goal from Carmen Raroha (Voorhees, N.J./Bishop Eustace) to give SU its first-ever win over a ranked opponent.

Raroha finished with two goals and was one of three Crusaders with two goals in the game. Nick Reardon (West Deptford, N.J./West Deptford) had two goals and also added three assists.

Goalie Jared Knowlton (North Salem, N.Y./Kent School) and the SU defense kept Susquehanna in the game as Knowlton made 14 saves and Corrie Van Haasteren (Ramond, Maine/Hebron Academy) racked up four caused turnovers.

Susquehanna's man-up play was critical as the team was 2-for-6 in man-up opportunities while holding F&M to a 0-for-2 effort in its man-up chances.

At the 10:10 mark of the first quarter, Raroha scored his first of two goals for a 1-0 Crusader lead. That lead lasted only a minute, though, when Franklin & Marshall's Read Ziegler scored his team's first goal of the game to tie at one with nine minutes to play.

At the five-minute mark of the period, Phil Lapone (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex) scored off an assist from Chet McLaughlin (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) to make it 2-1 in favor of SU. Then, with just 2:16 left in the quarter, the Diplomats scored for a 2-2 score at the end of the period.

Unfortunately for Susquehanna, Franklin & Marshall reeled off two unanswered goals within the first three minutes of the second quarter to go ahead 4-2. However, the Crusaders scored two of the final three goals of the period thanks to scores from Reardon and McLaughlin to make it 5-4 with 30 minutes still to play.

Both teams netted goals in the third period for a 6-5 score heading into the final 15 minutes of play. McLaughlin opened the fourth-quarter scoring with his second goal of the afternoon to tie the game at six with 7:40 remaining in regulation.

Franklin & Marshall's Chad Gamble scored just inside the four-minute mark to make it 7-6. Time was running out for SU, though, before Jake Calder (Lutherville, Md./Dulaney) netted an unassisted goal with a mere 43 seconds to play to tie the game at seven and ultimately force overtime.

Neither team scored in the first overtime period and then, with just one minute left in the second overtime period, Raroha scored the ultimate game-winning goal to help make Susquehanna men's lacrosse history.

Susquehanna remains on the road to face Landmark Conference opponent Elizabethtown March 14 at 1 p.m. in the conference opener.