SELINSGROVE, Pa. - Trailing by four goals with 11 minutes to play, the Susquehanna men's lacrosse team ended the game with three unanswered goals but still fell 10-9 to visiting King's College.
The Crusaders (1-2) scored four of the final five goals the game, with Jake Calder (Lutherville ,Md./Dulaney) netting the final three straight. Calder ended the game with a team-best and career-high five goals. Austen Lein (New Vernon, N.J./Madison), meanwhile, had a game-high five assists on the afternoon. Susquehanna goalie Jared Knowlton (North Salem, N.Y./Kent School) had seven saves in his 60 minutes in goal.
As a team, Susquehanna won 12-of-21 face-offs and had only 11 turnovers to King's (3-0) 16.
King's jumped out to a 1-0 lead after three minutes of action before Chris Minghenelli (Voorhees, N.J./Eastern Regional) tied it at one off an assist from Chet McLaughlin (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) with 10:18 to play in the quarter. McLaughlin then put SU ahead 2-1 a mere five seconds later.
The Monarchs scored their second goal of the game to make it 2-2 and then scored two more unanswered goals for a 4-2 lead with just 59 seconds left in the quarter. However, Calder found the back of the net with just four ticks left in the period to make it a one-goal game (4-3) at the end of the first quarter.
King's stretched it to a three-goal lead (6-3) with less than two minutes into the second quarter before Calder struck again with 9:46 remaining in the second quarter for a 6-4 game. The Monarchs tacked on another goal with 6:10 left the half and neither team scored again for a 7-4 King's lead at halftime.
The teams traded goals to open the third quarter and the Monarchs netted the last goal of the period, a score from Mike O'Brien with 2:39 remaining, to make it a 9-5 King's lead heading into the final 15 minutes of play.
Carmen Raroha (Voorhees, N.J./Bishop Eustace) scored a mere 30 seconds into the fourth quarter to make it a three-goal game (9-6). It then stood 10-6 with 11 minutes to play before Calder ripped off three unanswered goals with the final one coming with just 48 seconds to play to make it a 10-9 game, but time ran out on SU to complete the comeback.
Susquehanna is on the road for back-to-back games, beginning March 6 with a 4 p.m. game at Shenandoah.