SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The Susquehanna men's lacrosse team came up with a big win over Scranton on Senior Night, taking down the Royals 8-7 to hand Scranton its first Landmark Conference loss of the season.
With the win, SU improves to 4-1 in conference action (8-7 overall), secures a spot in the Landmark Conference Tournament and picks up its fifth win in seven games.
The Crusaders rebounded from a 6-4 deficit late in the third quarter to come away with the 8-7 victory.
Senior Austen Lein (New Vernon, N.J./Madison) scored two goals and added an assist while Ryan Buckley (Stony Brook, N.Y./Ward Melville) finished with two goals and Nick Reardon (West Deptford, N.J./West Deptford) chipped in a goal and a game-high two assists.
Jared Knowlton (North Salem, N.Y./Kent School) got the start in goal and played all 60 minutes, making 12 saves and giving up only seven goals, including just one over the final 15-plus minutes of action.
The Royals (9-6, 4-1) struck first before Lein and Pat Brogan (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) scored back-to-back goals over the final two minutes of the opening quarter for a 2-1 Crusader lead after 15 minutes of play.
Scranton scored two of the three second-quarter goals, though, to make it a 3-3 game at halftime. The Royals then proceeded to score the first two goals of the third quarter to take a 5-3 lead.
SU remained down by two, 6-4, with 20 seconds left to play in the third period before J.B. Montanye (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola) found the back of the net with a mere eight seconds remaining to cut Scranton's lead to one (6-5).
Reardon then tied the game at six to spark a 3-0 Crusader run that put them ahead 8-6 with 7:56 left. The Royals were able to score just 90 seconds later to again make it a one-goal game at 8-7 but the SU defense held Scranton scoreless for the final 6:22 of the game.
Susquehanna closes out the regular season on April 26 with a 2 p.m. game at Catholic.