Susquehanna vs. Desales
March 25, 2006
The Game Story:
SELINSGROVE, PA - Senior Mike Tozzi (Lutherville, MD/Loyola Blakefield) scored a goal with eight minutes remaining as Susquehanna held off a late DeSales rally in a 7-6 win over the Bulldogs in Middle Atlantic Conference men's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon on Sassafras Field.

The Bulldogs trailed 6-3 going into the final quarter, but were held scoreless in the final 2:08. DeSales had one last chance to score, but the ball was knocked out of the zone with five seconds to go and Susquehanna (4-2, 2-0 MAC) recovered the groundball for the win.

After Dan Thomer scored three minutes in to give DeSales (0-4, 0-2 MAC) an early 1-0 lead, the Crusaders responded with two goals. Sophomore Ryan Walters (Easton, PA/Easton) scored with 10:41 left on a Tozzi assist to tie the score, followed by a goal by sophomore BJ Allen (Stamford, CT/Berkshire School) with 8:42 left for a 2-1 lead.

DeSales took a 3-2 lead into the half with two goals in the second, both coming off the stick of Thomer. He scored with 8:12 and 4:35 left in the quarter, which were his second and third goals of the game.

Susquehanna then tallied off four straight goals in the third and never looked back. Allen, sophomore Tom Thayer (Belle Mead, NJ/Immaculata), sophomore Shane Enos (Flemington, NJ/Hunterdon Central), and Walters scored goals in the quarter. Allen assisted on Enos' goal, while Walters scored an extra man goal with just 18 seconds left on an assist from Thayer.

Chris Laveglia scored for DeSales with 11:06 left to cut the deficit to 6-4, followed by a goal from Kevin Thomer just 40 seconds later to pull the Bulldogs within one at 6-5.

Matthew Brancaccio scored with 2:08 left for DeSales, which was the final goal of the game.

Sophomore Kirk Ryan (Wayne, PA/Radnor) made 11 saves for Susquehanna in the win, while Bulldog netminder Ben Conroy made seven saves.

Allen and Walters each finished with two assists for Susquehanna, who collected 42 ground balls with freshman Mike Patella (Westfield, NJ/Westfield) scooping up a game-high seven.