April 11, 2014
Crusaders fall in Gophers' holeThe Susquehanna men's lacrosse team fell to Goucher on Saturday by a score of 13-7.
The loss ended a three-game win streak for Susquehanna and dropped the Crusaders' record to 6-6.
The game was also the first conference loss for the Crusaders, who are now 2-1 in Landmark play.
Goucher was on the attack all day out-shooting Susquehanna in the game 44-24.
The Crusaders led the game early on a goal by senior attacker Austin Lein, but Goucher scored six straight goals before the Crusaders answered when junior midfielder Connor Boyland scored the last goal of the first half.
After Goucher tied the game, the Gophers spent the next three minutes looking to take the lead, peppering the Crusaders with three shots around the cage before connecting on a fourth to take a 2-1 lead.
With a one-goal lead in hand, the Gophers quickly extended their lead in the second quarter, scoring three goals in 90 seconds to start to pull away from Susquehanna.
Goucher opened up the third period with six straight goals to put them up 12-2. However, senior attacker Pat Brogan tallied twice before the quarter ended to lead a comeback attempt.
Brogan took advantage of man-up opportunities, scoring both of his goals on a Crusaders' advantage.
Although Susquehanna continued their come back and out-scored Goucher 3-1 in the fourth quarter, the Crusaders ultimately fell short.
Brogan and Lein both had two goals in the contest, and sophomore midfielder J.A. Howland scored his second goal of the year.
Lein added two assists for a four-point game to lead the Crusaders offensively.
Junior midfielder Carmen Raroha also found the back of the net for the Crusaders.
Freshman goalie Jonathan Berg took the loss, although he finished with 11 saves on the day. It dropped his record to 2-1.
It was only the third time this year that a Crusaders' goalkeeper allowed more than 10 goals.
Howland said: "Our defense is our strong suit. We feel we can win if we can score ten goals."
Junior goalie Jared Knowlton entered the game in the third quarter and had seven saves on 10 shots.
Lein's performance put him at a team-leading 40 points on the season. He was named Landmark Player of the Week last week.
Goucher's win improved their record to 5-5 on the season, and 3-1 in the Landmark conference.
As a team, the Crusaders were doubled by the Gophers in shots on goal, 32-16.
The Crusaders face Marywood at home at 4 p.m. on April 9.
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