Crusader lacrosse looks for LC three-peat


Coming off two straight
conference championships, the
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team has high hopes for
this season.
The team was predicted to
finish first by the 2015 Landmark
Conference Preseason
Poll, finishing with 64 points
and four first-place votes.
Even with the loss of some
key seniors including Conference
Player of the Year
and All-American Honorable
Mention attack man Austen
Lein, the coaches and players
still expect big things from this
year’s team.
Stewart Moan will be entering
his eighth season as
head coach of the team. Moan
has led the Crusaders to four
straight winning seasons as
well as the program’s winningest
season ever in 2013
during which the team compiled
12 victories.
Alongside Moan is an experienced
assistant coaching
staff composed of Billy Frick,
Mike Burns and Susquehanna
alumnus Dave Rinaldi.
Coming into this season
Moan said, “We’ve had some
great success the past two seasons,
and I hope that keeps us
hungry.” He also mentioned
that the players had a really
good offseason. “My players
have a really good understanding
of what it takes to be successful,”
Moan said.
Leading the team in the
net will be senior goalie Jared
Knowlton. When asked about
Knowlton, Moan said, “Jared
is poised to have a great season
because of his experience
and his consistency.” As a junior
Knowlton was second in
the Landmark in saves, save
percentage and goals-against
The back-line will be
locked down by junior defensemen
Corrie Van Haasteren
and Kade MacGregor.
Van Haasteren is coming off
an all-conference sophomore
year and is expected to have an
even better junior year.
Both Moan and Van Haasteren
spoke on how strong
the team should be defensively
this season. Moan said,
“No one will run away from
us defensively this season.”
Van Haasteren said, “I think
the defense will continue to
be a staple of our program’s
success as we returned all but
one player on the defensive
half of the field.”
The Crusaders are expected
to get contributions from lots
of players at the midfield position.
Senior Carmen Raroha
and junior Jake Calder finished
tied for fourth in points
for the Crusaders last season
with 24 each. Susquehanna is
also expecting several players,
such as senior Nick Kifolo and
juniors Adam Fox, J.A. Howland
and Greg Rabiecki, to add
some spark to the midfield.
Junior Nick Reardon is expected
to be the attack man to
look out for this season. He is
primed for a big season for the
Crusaders after finishing third
on the team in points last season
with 27 while dishing out
14 assists. Reardon also had
four goals and two assists in
last year’s championship game
against Goucher, which helped
propel Susquehanna to victory.
Reardon said: “We definitely
feel confident, but realize
that winning a third straight
title is going to be a difficult
task. We just have to stay focused
on what is important.”
Alongside of Reardon will
be sophomore Chet McLaughlin
who scored seven goals
last year as a freshman for the
Crusaders. Also returning for
the Crusaders will be senior
Phil Lapone who is coming
off a season-ending injury last
season. Reardon is excited for
the return of Lapone. He said,
“[Lapone] will add some firepower
back into our offense.”
Susquehanna’s first game
is Feb. 22 against Lycoming
at 1 p.m.