SCRANTON, Pa. – An early 1-0 Susquehanna lead did not hold up as the Crusaders ultimately fell 3-1 at Scranton on Saturday afternoon in Landmark Conference action.
SU (5-6, 1-2) scored early but were out-shot by the Royals (4-5-3, 1-1-1) 17-13 and racked up 17 penalties to Scranton’s seven, including a costly one in the second half that erased a Susquehanna goal.
Crusaders’ goalie Zach Zoller (Wall Township, N.J./Wall) made three saves, two of which came in the second half, in his 90 minutes of work.
Just 11:37 into the game, Andrew Hayes (Hoboken, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep) scored the game’s first goal on an assist from Andrew Murphy (Natick, Mass./Natick). That 1-0 score stood until the Royals netted two goals in less than five minutes to grab hold of a 2-1 lead at halftime.
In that first half, Scranton doubled-up the Crusaders in shots (10-5).
While SU’s defense was able to limit the Royals to just seven second-half shots and only one goal, the Crusaders’ offense was unable to find its stride.
After nearly 20 minutes of action in the second half, Scranton tacked on an insurance goal from Paul Trisuzzi on a header from the right sideline.
That insurance goal proved critical as Susquehanna nearly scored its second goal of the match in the 73rd minute. Instead, Kyle Semmel (Burlington Township, N.J./Holy Cross) was called for an infraction in a scramble infront of the Royals’ net, erasing what had appeared to be a goal. The goal was taken away and the 3-1 score remained the final.
David Trank (Mendham, N.J./West Morris Mendham) had SU’s final chance to score another goal but his shot with 2:10 to play was saved. Trank finished with a team-high three shots in the game.
SU is back in action on Tuesday, Oct. 11 when the Crusaders host Franklin & Marshall at 7 p.m.