BY ZACH COLANGELO, STAFF WRITER
The Crusaders defended their home field this Saturday afternoon as they defeated Drew 17-4 in the Landmark Conference home opener.
In the past three years, the Crusaders won two out of three games with a score difference of only three goals in all of them.
Sophomore midfielder Jake Calder opened the game with an unassisted goal, scoring 50 seconds into the game.
After a five-minute scoreless stretch, the Crusaders (4-5, 1-0 Landmark) routinely found the back of the cage five more times in the first quarter.
The first quarter ended with a score of 6-0.
These goals came from six different players, and one of them was freshman attack player Chet McLaughlin, who had a game high of five points.
McLaughlin may be a young player but he saw his opportunity to produce and he capitalized on it.
McLaughlin said, “Our team came out with a lot of passion and we were excited to go up 6-0 in the first quarter, but we knew we had to play the rest of the game like it was 0-0.”
Drew (3-5, 1-1 Landmark) answered back in the second quarter with two goals. One occurred in a man-up situation at the 14:34 mark, while the second occurred three minutes later to make the score 6-2.
However, the Crusaders scored three unanswered goals, which came from sophomore midfielder Ryan Buckley, McLaughlin and senior attacker Austen Lein.
Lein also had a game high of three goals and two assists.
The second half kicked off with the Crusaders leading 9-3 and the spread would only increase as the game went on. Drew would score their last goal of the game at 11:45 in the third quarter and the rest of the goals were for the Crusaders’ taking.
The Crusaders scored the final seven goals of the game to turn the conference matchup into a double-digit victory.
“It felt like a win should be,” senior defender Jacob Farrell said. “It felt good to finally impose our will against another team.”
Freshman attacker Nick Citron, Buckley, sophomore attacker Nick Reardon and senior midfielder Chris Minghenelli all recorded two goals apiece.
Defenders sophomore Kade Macgregor, sophomore Corrie van Haasteren and senior J.B. Montanye and freshman goalkeeper Jonathan Berg helped to keep Drew’s offense from gaining any momentum.
Head coach Stewart Moan said the defense has been the Crusaders’ rock all year long.
Susquehanna lost 15 out of the 23 face-offs, but the defense was able to hold down the fort, get the ground ball and put it back on the offensive side.
The offensive pressure allowed Susquehanna to out-shoot Drew, 41-24.
The Crusaders will take the field again tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Merchant Marine.