F&M Hands Men’s Lacrosse First Loss of the Season

F&M Hands Men’s Lacrosse First Loss of the Season

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The Susquehanna men's lacrosse team could not overcome a 4-0 deficit against visiting Franklin & Marshall College and fell 12-9 to the Diplomats. The loss was SU's first of the season as the team moves to 3-1 on the season.

The Crusaders out-shot F&M (1-2) by a 36-33 margin and won 15-of-24 face-offs but they turned the ball over 22 times to the Diplomats' 13.

Jake Calder paced the SU offense with four goals and Chet McLaughlin had a game-high four assists to go alone with one goal. Freshman Andrew Porzio added two goals on three shots. Corrie Van Haasteren scooped up eight ground balls and Kade MacGregor had three ground balls and two caused turnovers.

The Diplomats scored four unanswered goals over an eight-minute span to start the game with the goals coming from four different players. Greg Rabiecki broke the streak with a goal just inside the one-minute mark of the quarter to make it a 4-1 game after 15 minutes of action.

The teams combined for seven second-quarter goals with the Crusaders accounting for four of those goals. Calder scored SU's first two goals of the quarter, the second of which made it 5-3 with nine minutes to play. Porzio netted Susquehanna's final two goals of the quarter with his goal at the 28-second mark to pull SU within two (7-5) at halftime.

Both squads scored twice in the third quarter to keep it a two-goal F&M lead (9-7) heading into the final quarter of play.

McLaughlin scored at the 13:18 mark of the final quarter to cut the Diplomats' lead to one (9-8). F&M scored two goals over a 60-span though to regain a three-goal lead (11-8) with 10:50 to play. Calder struck again with 9:17 remaining for an 11-9 game but F&M's Sean Rogers scored with 7:04 on the clock to make it 12-9.

Down by three with seven minutes to play, SU fired off eight shots over the remainder of the game but none of them found the back of the net and the Diplomats held on for the 12-9 victory.

The Crusaders return to action on March 7 with a 4 p.m. CST game at Hendrix.