Men’s Lacrosse Wins Defensive Battle with Bridgewater

Alec Tzaneteas scored four goals in the win over Bridgewater.
Alec Tzaneteas scored four goals in the win over Bridgewater.

Alec Tzaneteas scored four goals including three consecutive River Hawks goals as the Susquehanna University Men's Lacrosse team edged Bridgewater State 8-7 in a non-conference game Saturday afternoon in Virginia.

Susquehanna (7-1) traded goals with Bridgewater (4-4) for most of the first three quarters. Susquehanna held a slim 2-1 lead at halftime and the teams played an even third quarter as Tzaneteas scored both of the River Hawk goals as Susquehanna took a 4-3 lead into the final period.

Tzaneteas opened the fourth quarter with his third goal of the day as he took a pass from Preston Ouellette from behind the net and moved in from the top of the formation and fired a shot into the upper corner for a 5-3 lead.

After Bridgewater scored to trim the lead to 5-4, Chet McLaughlin found Ouellette coming through the middle of the Bridgewater defense and threaded a pass to Ouellette who scored to regain the two-goal edge.

James Harabedian made it a three-goal River Hawk lead with a shot from 20 yards out as Susquehanna took a 7-4 lead with 6:43 to play.

Bridgewater lost the ensuing faceoff but forced a turnover near midfield and rushed up the field in transition scoring just 21 seconds later making the score 7-5.

Tzaneteas scored his fourth of the day as he moved in from the top of the offensive formation to make it 8-5 with 2:49 left to play.

Bridgewater made a late run scoring with 1:47 on the clock and had possession late in the game scoring with one second left to play but did not have time to take another shot.

Tzaneteas finished with four points on four goals and Ouellette had three points with a goal and two assists. The defense was led by Dan Murphy as he recorded four ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers. Dylan Abplanalp made eight saves and Joseph Acquaviva won eight of the 12 face offs he took with most of the wins coming in the second half when Susquehanna held an 8-6 edge in face offs.

The Susquehanna defense also fought off five man-up situations for a total of three and a half minutes.

The River Hawks return home to host Eastern University at 4 p.m. Wednesday on Sassafras Field.