Sophomores Power Susquehanna Past Marywood

Jack Donnelly scored four goals for Susquehanna against Marywood.
Jack Donnelly scored four goals for Susquehanna against Marywood.

Sophomores Jack Donnelly and Jack DiGregorio combined for six goals to lead the Susquehanna University Men's Lacrosse team to a 10-7 come-from-behind victory over Marywood University Tuesday afternoon in a non-conference game in Scranton.

Marywood (4-8) led 2-1 after the first quarter and scored three of the first four goals of the game to take an early lead. Chet McLaughlin and Jake Smolokoff each scored for Susquehanna (9-3) in the span of just more than a minute to knot the score at 3-3 before the Pacers scored with 23 seconds left in the first half to take a slim lead into the intermission.

In the second half, Marywood extended its lead with a pair of goals to go up 6-3 with just under five minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Donnelly scored his fifth goal of the season and his first of the game with 3:16 left to start a five-goal run for the River Hawks. McLaughlin added his third goal of the game with a minute left in the period cutting the lead to 6-5.

In the fourth quarter, Donnelly scored again coming from behind the goal and firing a shot inside the post to tie the score at 6-6 less than two minutes into the quarter.

Just 3:30 later, Donnelly found DiGregorio who fired a shot through the legs of the Pacer goalie for the 7-6 River Hawk lead.

DiGregorio added another goal less than four minutes later to extend the lead to 8-6 and cap the five-goal spurt.

Marywood scored 24 seconds later to stop the run and trim the lead down to a single goal with 5:34 left to play.

Donnelly scored a man-up goal with four minutes left to regain the two-goal advantage with a hard shot from at least 15 yards out making the score 9-7.

The sophomore capped the scoring with his fourth goal of the day at the 1:35 mark of the period. He shot from a tight angle into the chest of the goalie who made the initial save but the goalie lost track of where the ball was and when it dropped from his jersey toward the ground, it bounced back between his legs and into the goal for the 10-7 Susquehanna lead.

Donnelly led the River Hawks with five points on four goals and an assist while McLaughlin finished with three goals and DiGregorio had two goals.

Pierce Mead and Dan Murphy had five ground balls each and Murphy led the team with three caused turnovers. The Susquehanna defense forced Marywood into 27 turnovers and 10 failed clear attempts on the day.

The River Hawks return to action Saturday hosting Landmark Conference opponent Catholic in a 1 p.m. game from Sassafras Field.