Men’s Lacrosse Rallies to Defeat Drew in Conference Action

Photo Credit: D. Fickett
Photo Credit: D. Fickett

MADISON, N.J. – The Susquehanna men's lacrosse team saw a 6-4 lead vanish in the third quarter before rallying to score three fourth-quarter goals en route to a 9-8 victory at Drew on Saturday. The win gave SU (7-1, 1-1) its first Landmark victory of the season.

Nick Reardon (West Deptford, N.J./West Deptford) netted the ultimate game-winning goal, his second score of the day, with 3:41 remaining in regulation. Phil Lapone (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex) also had two goals to go along with two assists. Goalie Jared Knowlton (North Salem, N.Y./Kent School) tallied two saves in the game.

The Crusaders had 37 shots while limiting the Rangers (0-5, 0-2) to 20 and won 10-of-19 face-offs. Neither team capitalized on any of their combined seven extra-man opportunities, though.

The game was tied at one after just three minutes of play before Lapone and Reardon scored just 60 seconds apart to give their team a 3-1 lead by the time the first quarter came to a close.

Drew's Harry Rice scored three minutes into the second quarter for a 3-2 game before SU netted three consecutive goals, all from different players, for a 6-2 Crusaders lead with 4:49 to play in the half.

The Rangers managed to score the final two goals of the period, though, trimming Susquehanna's lead to just two (6-4) at halftime.

Drew's momentum carried right into the third quarter as the Rangers scored the only four goals of the quarter. Rice accounted for two of those four goals including one with just 17 seconds left in the quarter that gave Drew an 8-6 lead heading into the final 15 minutes of play.

The Crusaders rallied with three-straight goals of their own. J.A. Howland (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) made it a one-goal game (8-7) with 10:37 remaining and Ryan Downey (West Caldwell, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) tied it at eight four minutes later. Then, with just 3:41 to play, Reardon netted what stood as the game winner off an assist from Howland.

Drew never got off another shot and SU came away with the road victory.

Susquehanna returns home to host Messiah on March 25 at 4 p.m.