Defensive Battle Goes the Way of Men’s Lacrosse

Defensive Battle Goes the Way of Men’s Lacrosse

SCRANTON, Pa. – The weather may have made it look like an early season game but the Susquehanna men's lacrosse team is in fact in mid-season form with its 5-3 road victory over Landmark Conference rival Scranton.

The Crusader defense held the Royals scoreless for the entire first half and surrendered only three goals over the final 30 minutes of play. SU's offense scored just one first-half goal itself, but a three-goal third quarter ultimately put the game out of reach.

The three goals are the fewest allowed by Susquehanna this season. SU out-shot Scranton 36-22 and won 10-of-12 face-offs.

Five different players accounted for the Crusaders' five goals. Greg Rabiecki and Alec Tzaneteas were the lone SU players with multi-point games as they added one assist apiece in addition to a goal. Goalie Dylan Abplanalp had nine saves in 60 minutes of work.

The first 26 minutes of the game passed without a goal from either side. Connor Ward broke that stretch with a goal at the four-minute mark of the second quarter which marked the lone goal of the half.

The third quarter was all Susquehanna. The Crusaders scored three unanswered goals over a five-minute span with Tzaneteas scoring with 7:21 remaining to make it a 4-0 SU lead. Scranton finally got on the board with 3:07 to play in the period to make it 4-1 heading into the final quarter of play.

Scranton netted back-to-back goals over a 90-second span early in the fourth quarter to make it a one-goal game (4-3) with 10:18 to play.

Andrew Porzio upped SU's lead back to two (5-3) with a goal at the 7:25 mark which stood as the final goal of the game and h

elped secure the Crusaders' victory.

Susquehanna returns home to host Marywood on April 12 at 4 p.m.