SU roundup: Susquehanna tops Hornets in men’s lacrosse

SELINSGROVE, Pa. — A two-goal run surrounding the end of the third quarter proved the difference in a 8-7 non-league men’s lacrosse victory for host Susquehanna over Shenandoah on Friday afternoon.

The Crusaders (4-0) broke a 5-5 tie with goals at 1:23 of the third and 12:23 of the fourth to take a lead they would not relinquish over Shenandoah (3-2).

Junior Connor Bishop tallied off a Tilghman Sanders assist with six minutes to play for the Hornets, but Shenandoah was unable to get the game-tying goal.

Susquehanna’s two-goal ended a game in which the teams traded the lead twice and were tied on three other occasions.

Trailing 2-0 after the Crusaders scored the opening two goals of the game, Shenandoah roared back with a four-goal run from the 5:51 of the first to the 8:24 mark of the third.

Attackman Stephen LaTona, who paced the Hornets three goals and one assist, figured in the final three goals of this spurt.

The sophomore sandwiched goals at 31 seconds and 8:24 around an assist to Sanders at 8:47 that gave the visitors its first lead of the contest.

Susquehanna answered with the final three goals of the half to take a 5-4 lead at the break.

LaTona opened the second half scoring with a goal at 4:53 of the third to tie the game for the final time.

The Crusaders outshot Shenandoah 47-16, including 23-12 on goal.

Hornets goalkeeper Ben Judy had 16 saves to keep the game close.

Susquehanna also won nine of 16 faceoffs and had a 29-19 advantage in groundballs.

Shenandoah is back in action on Wednesday with a 4 p.m. non-league game against Curry.