Diplomats Hand Crusaders First Loss of the Season
LANCASTER, Pa. – The Crusaders put their 3-0 record on the line against Franklin & Marshall on Tuesday afternoon in men’s lacrosse action and the Diplomats handed SU its first loss of the season in a 16-7 decision.
F&M (4-1), ranked 28th in the most recent laxpower.com poll, put together scoring stretches of seven and six goals and held SU (3-1) to its lowest scoring output of the season.
Susquehanna (3-1) used three goalies in the game. Jordan Daney (Wynnewood, Pa./Lower Merion) played the first 30 minutes and finished with seven saves in his second start of the season.
Dustin Breakey (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) led the team with two goals and was one of six different players to score for the Crusaders. Tim Pastore (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) chipped in one goal and one assist.
Austen Lein (New Vernon, N.J./Madison) got the scoring started early, netting the game’s first goal after less than two minutes of action to give his squad the early 1-0 advantage.
The explosive start was a bit misleading as the remainder of the quarter passed without a goal from either team. Susquehanna, however, opened the second quarter in similar fashion to the first when Luke Delavan (Madison, N.J./Madison) found Breakey who fired the ball into the back of the net 35 seconds into the quarter.
Barely more than a minute later, Tylere Fritts (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) took a Pat Brogan (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) pass and redirected into the goal to make it 3-0 in favor of SU.
F&M quickly took the momentum away from the Crusaders by scoring seven-straight goals in an eight-minute span take a 7-3 lead with five minutes still to play in the quarter.
Marcus Cheatham (Reistertown, Md./Loyola HS) finally snapped that streak with a score at the 4:07 mark to make it 7-4, which remained the halftime score.
Unfortunately the Diplomats got on the scoreboard just 15 seconds into the third quarter on a man-up goal from Chris Kelly for the 8-4 lead.
The scoring continued for F&M as they netted five more unanswered goals that made it 12-4 as the third quarter wound down.
Breakey chipped in his second goal of the afternoon, and team-leading 10th of the season, that made it 13-5 with 10:19 remaining in the game. With 4:08 left, Justin Caba (Yonkers, N.Y./Stepinac) scored for the third-straight game and Pastore chipped in SU’s final goal of the game with 13 seconds on the clock.
Next game: Saturday, March 19 vs. Lebanon Valley – 1 p.m.