Brooke Klair scored her third goal of the game to give the Susquehanna University Women's Lacrosse team a 12-11 lead with 6:53 to play in the game but Alvernia scored the final three goals of the contest to escape with a 13-11 victory Thursday afternoon in a non-conference matchup in Reading, Pa.
Susquehanna (1-2) fell behind early as Alvernia (1-1) scored three times in the first five minutes of the contest.
After the River Hawks scored their first goal of the game as Ashley Rose Lynn netted her fourth goal of the season, the Crusaders scored another three goals to move ahead 6-1 at the midpoint of the first half.
Each team put together a three-goal spurt over the next 10 minutes. Susquehanna scored the first three with Christine Hoerman scoring twice and Mel Barracato adding a goal to trim the lead to 6-4 but Alvernia answered with three straight and four of the last five in the half to take a 10-5 lead into the intermission.
In the second half, the River Hawks looked like a different team scoring the first four goals of the period including two in the first 1:03 of the half. Klair scored on a free position shot and then after winning the ensuing draw, Lynn rushed up the field and scored for Susquehanna.
Klair added a man-up goal and Brooke Burnett scored to trim the lead to 10-9 with 14:31 left to play.
Alvernia scored to stop the streak but Susquehanna rebounded to score three more goals over the next 6:30 to take a 12-11 lead. Barracato and Hoerman each scored before Klair added her third of the game for the lead as she cut across the defense in front of the net and scored into the lower corner.
The teams battled back and forth for the next four minutes before Alvernia scored to tie the game with 3:59 on the clock. The Crusaders continued to hold possession and added two goals in the final 2:18 for the final score.
Klair led the River Hawks with three goals and an assist for four points. Hoerman added three goals while Barracato and Lynn scored two each. Caroline Rabiecki had a pair of points with a goal and an assist.
Freshman Libby Dex made nine saves for Susquehanna. Alvernia started Kallie Taylor but she allowed four goals and did not make a save. Her replacement, Samantha Rothman finished with 11 saves in the final 42 minutes of the game to record the win.
Susquehanna returns home to host Frostburg State at 5 p.m. Thursday on Sassafras Field.