Senior Alec Tzaneteas scored five times including three goals in a span of 36 seconds in the third quarter that gave the Susquehanna University Men's Lacrosse team a 7-5 lead but Lycoming College battled back and won a 12-9 decision in the 2018 season-opener for the River Hawks Saturday afternoon at the Shangrow Athletic Complex in Williamsport.
Susquehanna (0-1) fell behind early as Lycoming (1-0) scored three of the four goals in the first quarter to take a 3-1 early lead. Jake Smolokoff scored the lone River Hawks goal in the period.
Andrew Porzio cut the lead to one with his goal at the 11:01 mark of the second quarter. Lycoming answered less than a minute later and the lead was 4-2 until late in the first half.
Tzaneteas scored twice in less than a minute to tie the game at 4-4 but the Warriors added a late goal to take a 5-4 lead into the halftime intermission.
Early in the third period, Tzaneteas scored again to knot the score at 5-5 and then gave the River Hawks the lead 10 seconds later with his fourth goal of the day. His fifth goal of the day came 44 seconds later as Susquehanna took a 7-5 lead.
Just 14 seconds later, Lycoming scored to trim the lead to 7-6 and the score remained there for the rest of the third period.
Lycoming scored the first three goals of the fourth quarter before Jack Garrity stopped the run with his goal at the 11:30 mark making the score 9-8 for Lycoming.
The Warriors regained the multi-goal lead as they scored the next two goals in a span of 22 seconds.
Smolokoff scored his second of the game to trim the lead to two goals at 11-9 with 6:15 to play but Lycoming scored an insurance goal three minutes later to seal the victory.
Tzaneteas led all scorers with his five points and Goalie Dylan Abplanalp made several key saves to keep Susquehanna in the game in the second and third quarters. He finished with 19 on the day.
The River Hawks return home for four straight contests beginning Wednesday when they host Muhlenberg at 6 p.m. on Sassafras Field.