Susquehanna vs. Lycoming
March 29, 2006
The Game Story:
SELINSGROVE, PA Sophomore BJ Allen scored three goals and added three assists all in the first half as Susquehanna withstood a late Lycoming charge to pick up an 11-10 victory in Middle Atlantic Conference men's lacrosse action at Sassafras Field on Wednesday afternoon.

Senior Mike Tozzi (Lutherville, MD/Loyola Blakefield) added three goals while sophomore Tim Storck (Cockeysville, MD/Dulaney) added two goals and an assist as the Crusaders (5-2 overall, 3-0 MAC) led 11-5 late in the third quarter before the Warriors (2-4 overall, 2-1 MAC) scored five straight goals to pull within 11-10 with 5:52 left, but the Crusaders won their third straight one-goal game and defeated Lycoming for the first time in seven all-time meetings.

Allen (Stamford, CT/Berkshire School), who leads the Crusaders with 15 goals and 11 assists for 26 points in seven games, scored just 38 seconds into the contest as Susquehanna scored on its first three shots to take a 3-0 lead just 2:59 into the first quarter.

The Crusaders led 4-1 after one quarter and held an 8-4 lead at halftime, then took an 11-5 lead on a goal by Tom Thayer (Belle Mead, NJ/Immaculata) with 4:20 left in the third quarter.

However, Lycoming mounted a comeback behind the play of James Cusick, who scored three of his game-high five goals in a span of 10 minutes, 58 seconds, the final coming with 5:52 left to bring the Warriors within 11-10.

Susquehanna slammed the door on Lycoming in the closing seconds as a shot attempt went wide with 12 seconds to play, then a bad pass on the ensuing restart prevented the Warriors from getting a final chance at the game-tying goal.

Also scoring goals for the Crusaders were sophomores Ryan Walters (Easton, PA/Easton) and Shane Enos (Flemington, NJ /Hunterdon Central).

Sophomore Greg Burns (Charlotte, NC/South Mecklenburg) paced the Crusaders with 13 ground balls and also assisted on a goal while sophomore Conor Buckley (Flemington, NJ/Hunterdon Central) went 17-for-24 on faceoffs.

In goal, sophomore Kirk Ryan (Wayne, PA/Radnor) made nine saves for the Crusaders to improve to 3-0 on the season while Matt Lyons (two saves) and Alex Tankeloff (4 saves) split time for the Warriors.