BY GEORGE THOMPSON, SPORTS EDITOR
The Susquehanna men’s lacrosse team locked up a spot in the playoffs and moved one step closer to clinching the No. 1 seed for this year’s Landmark Conference tournament with an 8-7 win over Scranton in front of their home fans on Wednesday evening.
Heading into the game, senior defender Jacob Farrell said: “We don’t think that they’re any better than we are in any respect of the game. We respect them as an opponent, but we know that we have zero fear, and we know that we’re going to beat them.”
Farrell’s words would prove to be prophetic, as Susquehanna used a three goal fourth period to erase a one-goal deficit on their way to a key conference victory.
Down one heading into the fourth period, the Crusaders (8-7, 4-1 Landmark) responded with three unanswered goals within the first eight minutes of the period, holding on in the end for a key conference victory. With the victory, the Crusaders are one of three teams tied for first place in the conference and now hold the tiebreaker over the Royals (9-6, 4-1 Landmark).
The game-winning goal came in the 10th minute when senior attacker Austin Lein scored his second goal of the game off of an assist from sophomore attacker Nick Reardon. Sophomore middie Jake Calder added an insurance goal three minutes later when he was able to elude the goalie for his first goal of the game.
The Royals would score a late goal with less than ten minutes, but by then it was too little too late. The Crusaders will play their final game of the regular season on April 26 at Catholic at 2 p.m. with a chance to clinch the No. 1 seed and home field advantage throughout the Landmark Conference tournament, depending how far they advance.
Head coach Stewart Moan said: “We’re right in the mix, right in the middle trying to fight for one of those four playoff spots. This time of the season a lot of people aren’t, but we are. That’s great. We’ll do everything we can to take advantage of an opportunity.”
If the Crusaders do win out and earn the No. 1 seed, it will mark the second consecutive year the men’s lacrosse team has hosted the Landmark Conference championships.