Hockey falls to Lafayette in playoff opener


On Feb. 13 the Susquehanna
ice hockey team lost 7-4 to
Lafayette in the first round of
the Great Northeast Collegiate
Hockey Conference playoffs.
Lafayette jumped out to an
early lead, going up 4-0 in the
first period.
Senior forward Steve Cole
answered for the Crusaders,
scoring with 39 seconds remaining
in the period, assisted by junior
forward Eric White, to cut
the Lafayette lead to three goals.
During the second period
Susquehanna fell behind 5-1.
Entering the third period the
team was determined to pull off
a comeback.
Freshman defender Denny
Miller scored a breakaway goal
to cut the deficit back down to
three goals.
White then got a pass from
junior forward Nick Staurulakis
and put the puck in the back of
the net.
Less than a minute later Cole
scored his second goal of the
game bringing the Crusaders
within one goal of Lafayette.
During the final minutes
Susquehanna gave up a goal and
an empty netter to Lafayette and
fell by a final score of 7-4.
Lafayette beat Rutgers in the
conference semifinals 5-4, but
lost in the finals to LaSalle 8-5.
Sophomore goalkeeper Ethan
Kupp said: “That game was one
of the best we’ve played together
in a while, and everyone
individually had a great game as
well. It was a lot closer than the
score showed, and it was probably
our most exciting game of
the year.”
Kupp added that he expects
more people to buy in and step
up next year, especially the
team’s sophomore and juniors,
as they will need to replace four
seniors from this year’s team.
Head Coach Drew Wright
said that he hopes to continue
to look for more prospects from
high schools in the area in order
to build a stronger lineup. The
team played with an average of
only 12 skaters for the majority
of the semester.