April 15, 2005
Men defeat Scranton
The Crusaders picked up two important conference victories this week, beating Scranton 13-5 and rallying to defeat DeSales 12-9.
The wins pull the Crusaders to 4-3 in conference play and into the final Middle Atlantic Conference playoff spot with three conference games left to play.
On Tuesday, freshman attack Taylor Hogarth, senior midfielder James Barile and freshman midfielder Tom Thayer all scored three goals apiece to help the Crusaders to a 13-5 victory over Scranton at Sassafras Fields.
Hogarth added two assists during a five-goal fourth quarter, as the Crusaders led the game's opening four minutes and held the winless Royals scoreless for over 27 minutes from the second quarter into the fourth.
Susquehanna finished with a 46-26 advantage in shots and a 55-21 edge in ground balls, with freshman midfielder Greg Burns leading the way with 10 ground balls.
Freshman attack Ryan Walters tallied two goals for the Crusaders, while senior midfielder Dan St. Ours and junior attack Mike Tozzi added a goal apiece for the Crusaders.
Both the players and coaches feel that the team is finally playing up its potential.
"We used all of our talent on the team collectively for the first time this year,"Tozzi said.
First-year coach Gordon Galloway also said he believes the team is finally heading in the right direction.
"I think this is just a young team with a young coach, and it took some time for all of us to learn how to win together," Galloway said. "We made a conscious decision as a team last week to essentially start all over on a seven-game season, knowing that with this approach we can fight our way into the playoffs."
On Saturday, freshman attack Matt Dimler scored a season-high four goals, while Barile added three goals as the Crusaders rallied for a 12-9 victory at DeSales.
Hogarth added three assists -- all in the third quarter -- while St. Ours added a goal and two assists, as the Crusaders outscored the Bulldogs 10-2 in the middle two quarters to take control of the game.
The Crusaders trailed 4-1 after one quarter before outscoring the Bulldogs 5-1 in the second quarter to take a 6-5 halftime lead. Dimler and Barile scored two goals apiece in the quarter for Susquehanna, while senior defender Kyle Vowler added his first career goal.
Sophomore goalie Dan Kotch continued his strong season, finishing the game with 16 saves.
Galloway said he was impressed with the confidence his team displayed during the DeSales game.
"Down 5-1 in the second quarter, I took inventory of our team and saw not a single face that didn't believe we were going to win that game," Galloway said. "With talent like we've got and faith like we've got, we'll have great opportunities to win close, tough ballgames."
The Crusaders will travel to Montclair State on Saturday for a 2 p.m. start.
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