Susquehanna vs. Messiah
April 15, 2003
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The Game Story:
SELINSGROVE, PA Messiah dominated Susquehanna in nearly every offensive category Tuesday, cruising to a 23-8 victory and its third consecutive triumph in Middle Atlantic Conference action.

Reed Horanburg led Messiah with five goals, while Jono Linebaugh bagged four and the trio of Ryan White, Kevin Dennstaedt and Nat Pierce each netted three as the Crusaders (4-5 overall, 2-4 MAC) surrendered their highest goal total since a 26-9 loss at then-#8 Hampden-Sydney in the season opener.

Messiah held a dominant edge in possession time, outmuscling the Crusaders 60-31 in ground balls and outshooting them 48-27. The Crusaders were beaten on 25-of-34 faceoffs.

Sophomore Matt Miceli (Emmaus, PA/Emmaus H.S.) opened the scoring at the 11:12 mark of the first quarter, but that was the first and only lead the Crusaders held as the Falcons scored the next eight goals.

A tally by junior Scott Hodgson (Point Pleasant, NJ/Ramapo H.S.) snapped the streak with 7:30 remaining in the half, but the Falcons answered with goals by White at the 7:05 mark and Pierce 1:16 later.

The Crusaders stormed back to within 10-5 as senior captain Andy Nadler (Westport, CT/Staples H.S.) sandwiched a pair of goals around a tally by junior Brian Yoder (Conestoga, PA/Penn Manor H.S.) in a span of 1:44 late in the first half.

Horanburg then took matters into his own hands, scoring twice in 1:33 before halftime to boost the lead to 12-5. The Falcons sustained the momentum in the third quarter, outscoring the Crusaders 9-1 including the final eight goals of the stanza.

For Susquehanna, Hodgson notched a hat trick while Miceli finished with two tallies. Sophomore Dan St. Ours (Saco, ME/Thornton Academy) contributed three assists.

Junior Todd Marquess (Philadelphia, PA/Penn Charter) recorded nine saves in 53 minutes of action, and sophomore David Antoniewicz (Pennington, NJ/Hopewell Valley Central H.S.) entered the game in relief and stopped three shots. For Messiah, Chris Gilbert made 10 saves in 45 minutes while Torrey McGowan turned away two shots in the final quarter.