King's College vs. Susquehanna
March 10, 2009
The Game Story:
WILKES-BARRE – The King’s College men’s lacrosse team dug itself into a 5-0 first quarter hole and fell just short in an inspired comeback attempt as the Monarchs dropped a 10-9 decision to visiting Susquehanna University Tuesday at McCarthy Stadium.

With the loss, King’s slipped to 1-2 on the year while Susquehanna improved to 2-2.

After the Crusaders used two goals by Luke Delvan to power Susquehanna to a 5-0 lead after the first 15 minutes of play, the Monarchs got on the board when John Doran scored off a Curtis Reinard assist. Susquehanna would counter on a goal by Sean Belt to build a 6-1 advantage with 9:43 left in the second stanza. The Monarchs used a late surge, when T.J. Lyon scored unassisted at 4:47, then struck net off an assist from Dan Carducci just 0:48 later to cut the lead to 6-3. Reinard would follow with a goal of his own with 2:09 on the clock as the Monarchs cut the lead to 6-4 at the half.

In the third quarter, the Crusaders scored twice to push the lead to 8-4, but the Monarchs would again battle back. Lyon scored two more goals while Justin Delsordo also found the back of the net to bring King’s to within 8-7 after three quarters of play.

Susquehanna’s Billy Spack and King’s Reinard traded goals to push the score to 9-8 with 10:49 on the clock. Neither team would score again until Spack tallied his second straight goal to give Susquehanna a 10-98 cushion with 1:11 to play. King’s would cut the lead to 10-9 when Merola scored with 0:11 left. The Monarchs had an opportunity to tie the game but a shot by Reinard as the final buzzer was stopped by Crusader goalie Anthony Maiorella, preserving the victory.

Lyon led King’s with four goals while Reinard added two goals with one assist. Spack, Greg Norris, and Delvan netted two goals each.

King’s outshot Susquehanna 38-32 while holding a slight 35-33 advantage in ground balls. King’s goalie Tim Cassi made 12 saves while Susquehanna goalies Maiorella and Jordan Daney combined for nine stops.

King’s returns to action Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. home contest against DeSales University at McCarthy Stadium.