April 27, 2012
Crusaders edged in last conference matchup"There was a lot of winning done by us in a game that we didn't win," head coach Stewart Moan said.
After a tight first three periods in which Susquehanna took the lead only to lose it, Catholic pulled away in the final period, outscoring Susquehanna 4-2 and ending Susquehanna's (8-7 overall, 3-3 Landmark) three-game winning streak in a 14-11 game.
After Catholic (9-4 overall, 3-2 Landmark) took a 2-0 lead, Susquehanna sophomore midfielder Pat Brogan cut the lead to 2-1 with 7:05 remaining in the first quarter.
Junior midfielder John Kerrigan scored the equalizing goal 43 seconds later, tying the score at 2 goals apeice.
Both teams executed on the offensive end in the second quarter, scoring five goals each. Susquehanna, after trailing 3-2 at the end of the first, took a 4-3 lead with a goal by senior attack Luke Delavan after senior attack Dustin Breakey scored nine seconds into the quarter.
With less than two minutes left in the half and Susquehanna holding a 7-6 lead, Catholic scored two straight goals, taking a 8-7 lead at halftime.
"A one goal lead in a lacrosse game is not very much," Brogan said. "We had to widen the gap and we just couldn't really do that. We had the opportunities, we had the shots, and nothing was just going in."
In the third period, Susquehanna and Catholic matched each other goal for goal.
Susquehanna's two goals in the quarter came from senior midfielder Billy Spack and junior midfielder Marcus Cheatham.
In the final period, Catholic opened up with two consecutive goals, for a 12-9 lead.
Senior midfielder Chris Fuccillo scored the first goal for Catholic, and fellow senior midfielder Drew Saine followed it up with another goal seven seconds later.
Senior midfielder Tim Pastore cut the lead to 12-10 but the Crusaders came no closer, falling 14-11. The loss ended the Crusaders' three-game win streak.
"We were playing well coming off of three games," Brogan said. "I think our confidence definitely helped us; helped us in the fact that we were able to get back on the field and do what we had to do to try to get up even though it didn't end up that way."
Coach Moan said: "I was actually very proud of them because of the effort because of the emotional investment...they [Susquehanna] did a lot of things right. Unfortunately, the score didn't come out the way we would have liked it to have come out."
Susquehanna's next game is on April 27, when they take on Hood in their final regular game of the season.
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