Men's Lacrosse Holds Off Late Rally to Beat Lycoming

Jake Smolokoff recorded four points in the season-opening win over Lycoming Saturday.
Jake Smolokoff recorded four points in the season-opening win over Lycoming Saturday.

Chet McLaughlin scored three goals and Jake Smolokoffadded a goal and three assists to lead the Susquehanna University Men's Lacrosse team to a 12-9 victory over Lycoming College in the 2017 season opener on SasafrassField in Selinsgrove. 

Susquehanna (1-0) held off a late charge from Lycoming (0-1) as the Warriors came back from a five-goal deficit and trailed by a single goal at 10-9 with 10 minutes left to play. 

The River Hawks regained control as Erik Lanyi scored a minute later and McLaughlin added his third of the game less than a minute after that with an assist from Smolokofffor a 12-9 lead and Susquehanna held on for the win. 

"It was a game of runs," saidhead coach Stewart Moan. "I was happy to see the team step up a bit to stop the momentum. We showed some good character in the fourth quarter and found a way to win today." 

Smolokoffscored his only goal of the game just 1:31 into the contest to give the River Hawks an early lead. Alec Tzaneteas added a goal and Susquehanna led 2-1 after the first 15 minutes. 

The River Hawks scored four of the next five goals to take a 6-2 lead. McLaughlin started the run with his first of the season followed by Kyle Watts, Andrew Porzioand James Harabedian. 

Lycoming scored in the closing seconds and Susquehanna led 6-3 at halftime. 

In the third quarter, the teams traded goals before Preston Ouellette, Porzioand Jack Donnelly scored consecutive goals to stretch the River Hawk lead to 10-5. 

Lycoming rallied with a pair of goals at the end of the third including one as time expired in the quarter to make it a 10-7 game heading into the fourth quarter. 

Two more goals in the first five minutes of the final quarter allowed Lycoming to trim the lead down to 10-9 before Susquehanna stopped the run and held on for the win. 

Dylan Abplanalp made 12 saves in goal for Susquehanna. 

"Dylan played well today," said Moan. "He made some really big saves and helped stop the momentum." 

The River Hawks hit the road for their next four games starting Wednesday at Muhlenberg.