Slow Start Stops Win Streak for Men’s Lacrosse

Chet McLaughlin scored four goals in a 14-8 loss to Franklin and Marshall.
Chet McLaughlin scored four goals in a 14-8 loss to Franklin and Marshall.

Chet McLaughlin scored four goals for the Susquehanna University Men's Lacrosse team on Wednesday afternoon but the team had a slow start against Franklin and Marshall and dropped a 14-8 decision in a non-conference game at Tylus Field in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Franklin and Marshall (1-2) pulled ahead early in the game, scoring a goal just 15 seconds into the first quarter. The Diplomats scored five goals to go ahead 5-0. The last time an opponent jumped out to a five-goal lead was in 2014 when the Diplomats had another good start. Susquehanna (3-1) answered with a goal from Preston Ouellette to stop the run two minutes into the second quarter to make the game 5-1.

Susquehanna cut the lead to 6-3 later in the second quarter with unanswered goals from McLaughlin and Andrew Porzio.

The half ended with double penalties for Franklin and Marshall, giving Susquehanna a two man-advantage. Unable to capitalize on the opportunity, the half ended with a score of 8-3.

Sophomore Dylan Abplanalp ended the first half with nine saves.

After the halftime intermission, Franklin and Marshall scored three unanswered goals to go up 11-3. Susquehanna then answered with goals from Porzio and McLaughlin, just one minute apart trimming the lead to 11-5. The Diplomats ended the quarter with a pair of goals to take a 13-5 lead into the final period.

Susquehanna started off strong in the fourth quarter with a goal from McLaughlin just 41 seconds into the quarter. The fourth quarter was Susquehanna's strongest of the game as the River Hawks outscored the Diplomats 3-1 to end the game with goals from McLaughlin and James Harabedian.

Abplanalp ended the game with 16 saves. Jonathan Pierce, who played the last seven minutes of the game had one save.

This loss breaks an eight game regular season winning streak for the River Hawks dating back to the last five games of the 2016 season.

Susquehanna finishes a stretch of four straight road games Saturday at Washington & Jefferson with a 2:30 p.m. start.