Overtime Loss Ends Season for Men’s Lacrosse

Overtime Loss Ends Season for Men’s Lacrosse

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – It took overtime to end the Susquehanna men's lacrosse season as the No. 2 seed Crusaders fell 9-8 to No. 3 seed Scranton in a Landmark Conference semifinal.

It marked the third consecutive season in which SU has earned a spot in the postseason tournament and the first time since 2012 the team has not advanced to the championship game. Susquehanna finished the season with 12 victories, matching a program record.

Chet McLaughlin (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) tied the game at eight with 2:15 remaining in regulation, eventually sending the game to overtime. In that overtime, the Royals took the first shots and on their third shot of the period, Nick Mullery scored with 1:32 remaining to end the game and send Scranton to the championship.

Jake Calder (Lutherville, Md./Dulaney) netted two goals while Conor Boyland (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris Central) and Phil Lapone (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex) had one goal and one assist each. Goalie Jared Knowlton (North Salem, N.Y./Kent School) finished with 10 saves in his 62-plus minutes of work.

Scranton took a 2-0 lead to open the game before Gregg Budd (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) scored with just 10 seconds left in the first quarter to make it a one-goal game (2-1).

Each team netted two goals in the second quarter with Greg Rabiecki's (Maplewood, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) goal at the 1:29 mark making it a 4-3 game, which remained the score at halftime.

Calder and Lapone scored the first two goals of the third quarter before the Royals countered with two unanswered goals of their own for a 6-5 Scranton lead. However, Boyland struck with a mere five seconds to play in the quarter to again tie the game (6-6) heading into the final quarter of regulation.

Scranton went up 8-6 seven minutes into the fourth period before Budd and McLaughlin responded with two goals over a four-and-a-half minute span to ultimately force overtime where Mullery eventually netted the game winner.