Three in a Row for SU Men’s Lax

Three in a Row for SU Men’s Lax

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The Susquehanna men's lacrosse team rallied from a 5-2, halftime deficit to defeat visiting King's (Pa.) 8-6 on Saturday afternoon. The win improves SU's record to 3-0.

The Crusader defense held the Monarchs (1-1) without a goal for the third quarter and to just one fourth-quarter goal while Susquehanna scored six goals over the final 30 minutes for the come-from-behind victory.

Chet McLaughlin led the way with three goals and one assist for SU while Jake Calder added two goals. Corrie Van Haasteren helped lead a solid Crusader defense with six ground balls and four caused turnovers. Goalie Dylan Abplanalp improved to 3-0 with six saves in his 60 minutes of work.

Susquehanna more than doubled King's in shots, 44-20, and forced 21 Monarchs turnovers. The Crusaders also won 9-of-16 face-offs.

Calder scored the game's first goal at the 10:13 mark of the first quarter before King's responded with three unanswered goals to pull ahead 3-1 with 5:05 still to play in the period. Calder scored the final goal of the quarter, though, for a 3-2 game after one period of play.

SU was held without a goal for the second quarter while the Monarchs put up two scores to build a three-goal cushion (5-2) at the half.

McLaughlin promptly scored two goals over a three-minute span to open the third quarter to pull SU within one of the lead (5-4) with nine minutes to play in the third.

Clayton Buescher scored the game-tying goal at the 5:38 mark and Andrew Porzio netted what would ultimately be the game-winning goal with 1:02 to play in the third quarter, making it 6-5 in favor of Susquehanna.

The Crusaders' McLaughlin and Jack Donnelly scored back-to-back goals over a 16-second span late in the final quarter for an 8-5 Susquehanna lead. King's Shawn Dickey scored with 4:33 to play to make it a two-goal game (8-6) but that marked the final goal of the game and SU held on for the 8-6 win.

Susquehanna remains at home to host Franklin & Marshall on March 2 at 4 p.m.