After falling behind 9-2, the Susquehanna University Men's Lacrosse team rallied to score the final six goals of the game but could not tie the game and ended up falling just short with a 9-8 loss Saturday afternoon to Drew University in a Landmark Conference game at Ranger Stadium in Madison, N.J.
Michael Hatala scored two of the final six goals for Susquehanna (9-7 overall, 1-5 Landmark) including the game's final goal with 6:34 left on the clock.
The River Hawks took possession late in the game forcing a turnover with less than two minutes left and after the successful clear called a time out set up an offensive play looking for the tying goal.
Andrew Porzio did get off a good shot but after a save and ground ball possession, Drew (8-6, 4-2) was able to clear the ball and run out the clock to end the game.
Drew scored the first two goals of the game and Alec Tzaneteas scored late in the first quarter to make it a 2-1 game.
The Rangers scored twice in the second quarter including one goal with just three seconds left in the half to take a 4-1 advantage into the intermission.
After Jack Donnelly scored to start the second half for the River Hawks, Drew rattled off five consecutive goals to take a 9-2 lead.
Hatala scored late in the third quarter to stop the streak with his first of two goals on a shot with just six seconds remaining in the period.
Jake Smolokoff scored to start the final quarter and was followed up by Kevin Flatley, Tzaneteas and Donnelley and Hatala as the River Hawks scored four times in a span of two minutes to cut the lead to a single goal at 9-8.
Smolokoff led the team with three points on a goal and two assists while Donnelly, Hatala and Tzaneteas added two goals each and Porzio also recorded a pair of points with two assists.