Men’s Lacrosse Ends Season with Loss at York in NCAA Tournament Action
YORK, Pa. – The Susquehanna men’s lacrosse team was held to just three goals in its NCAA Division III First Round game against York (Pa.) and fell 8-3 to the Spartans. This marked the second-straight NCAA Tournament appearance for the Crusaders following back-to-back Landmark Conference titles.
The SU defense held York to just two goals in each quarter but after being blanked in the opening quarter, the Crusaders (11-8) did not have enough offense to take down York (16-4).
Susquehanna goalie Jared Knowlton (North Salem, N.Y./Kent School) racked up 15 saves in his 58 minutes of action with Jonathan Berg playing the final two minutes of the game in goal. Three different players accounted for SU’s scoring – Nick Citron (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), Austen Lein (New Vernon, N.J./Madison) and Gregg Budd (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon). Matt Brady (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) recorded the Crusaders’ only assist in the game.
As a team, York held a 42-18 edge in total shots and was 11-of-14 face-offs. The Spartans also converted on 2-of-5 extra-man opportunities.
York jumped out to a 3-0 lead with the third goal coming four minutes into the second quarter. Lein made it a two-goal game (3-1) with his team’s first score at the 2:40 mark of the opening quarter. With 1:37 to play, though, York’s Seth Krolus scored his first goal of the contest for a 4-1 Spartans lead at halftime.
Citron scored less than five minutes into the third quarter to again make it a two-goal game (4-2) but York ended the quarter with back-to-back goals, including one with just 38 seconds on the clock, for a 6-2 Spartans lead with 15 minutes left in regulation.
York opened up an 8-2 lead with two unanswered goals in the fourth quarter before Budd capped off the game’s scoring with a goal at the 1:56 mark of the quarter.