Lacrosse reigns over King’s, falls to Diplomats

By Nick Forbes Assistant Sports Editor

The Susquehanna men’s lacrosse team picked up their third win in a row to start their season after defeating King’s 13-7 on Feb. 25.

The 13-point scoring output was part of an overall balanced attack for the River Hawks.

Six players contributed two goals each for Susquehanna: senior attacker Chet McLaughlin, junior attackers Andrew Porzio and Alex Tzaneteas, sophomores attacker Jack Donnelly and midfielder Jake Smolokoff and freshman attacker Preston Ouellette.

Against an offensively-minded King’s team, it was important for Susquehanna to get out to a hot start and establish their presence early.

Donnelly, Smolokoff and Tzaneteas led the charge, each scoring their first goals of the game within the first five minutes, giving the River Hawks a healthy 3-0 lead.

One minute later, King’s scored its first goal of the game and finished out the quarter by shutting out Susquehanna, and adding a second goal at the 5:17 mark.

The second quarter looked much like the first, with Ouellette getting things started, netting both of his goals within a 45-second span.

Sophomore midfielder Erik Lanyi accounted for his single goal of the game midway through the second quarter.

Once again, King’s rallied for two goals to end the quarter, taking them to half trailing by a score of 6-4.

Maintaining the steady offensive production in the second half was eventually enough to carry the River Hawks to victory. Right out of the gates, Tzaneteas scored his second goal of the game 33 seconds into the third quarter.

After another King’s goal, Porzio and Smolokoff answered right back for Susquehanna with their first and second goals of the game respectively.

Susquehanna closed the game out strong, outscoring King’s 4-2 in the final quarter, with McLaughlin providing the icing on the cake in the form of back-to-back goals in the last seven minutes of the game. McLaughlin also finished the game with a team-leading two assists.

Sophomore goalkeeper Dylan Abplanalp continued his stellar campaign, saving 13 of the 20 shots he faced.

Susquehanna could not find the same success when they took on Franklin & Marshall on March 1, losing their first game of the year 14-8.

From the beginning, the River Hawks faced an uphill battle. The Diplomats scored in the first 15 seconds of the game and built on the hot start throughout the first quarter.

While Franklin & Marshall rattled off three more points before the end of the first quarter, Susquehanna could not muster a goal in the period.

The offensive struggles carried over into the second before Ouellette broke the silence for the River Hawks.

Susquehanna added two more goals in the second, including the first of four goals from McLaughlin, who led the team in that category.

Nevertheless, Susquehanna was still outscored 4-3 in the quarter and faced an 8-3 deficit at halftime.

Franklin & Marshall poured it on even more in the second half, starting with outscoring Susquehanna 5-2 in the third.

Susquehanna held the Diplomats to one goal in the fourth while rallying for three goals, but it was not enough to cut into the early advantage the Diplomats had established.

McLaughlin had two of the goals in the fourth, and senior midfielder James Harabedian accounted for the other.

Porzio had two goals in the contest as well, and Smolokoff and Tzaneteas led the team with two assists apiece.

Abplanalp was under fire all night, but still managed to come away with 16 saves against Franklin & Marshall’s 30-shot performance.

Abplanalp was pulled in the final seven minutes of the game in order to get freshman Jonathan Pierce some in-game experience. Pierce finished with one save.

The loss ruined Susquehanna’s perfect start to the season, dropping them to 3-1.

The loss also ruined Susquehanna’s eight-game regular season winning streak dating back to last season.

The River Hawks have yet to face a conference opponent, and will not do so until the end of March when they take on Elizabethtown on March 25.

Until then, Susquehanna will continue to play out-of-conference opponents.

The next will be another road test March 4 when they travel to Washington & Jefferson for a showdown with the 1-2 Presidents, who have lost back-to-back games.

SU earns tournament bid despite playoff loss

By Melissa Barracato Staff Writer

The Susquehanna men’s basketball team suffered a loss to Moravian in the Landmark Conference semifinal game on Feb. 22 by a final score of 81-69.

A back and forth battle ended with the Greyhounds’ hanging on for the victory after making six of seven free throws to maintain the edge.

“We went to Moravian with high expectations, but unfortunately Moravian played better than we did,” Head Coach Frank Marcinek said.

“I thought our effort and intensity was all good, but we didn’t make a lot of shots and I think sometimes energy comes from getting the ball in the basket,” he added.

Neither team led by more than five points in the first half as the biggest lead went to Moravian at 20-15 halfway through the period.

Susquehanna came back to take the lead at the end of the half with the score at 32-31 River Hawks.

The Greyhounds went on a 10-2 run to make the score 46- 38 with less than 15 minutes left of play.

Susquehanna fought back with several points and two made free throws from junior center Ryan Traub to bring themselves within a point at 46-45, but then a 9-0 Moravian run resulted in the biggest lead so far that night.

“[Traub] became our go-to guy in the second half. He really has had a terrific junior year for us,” Marcinek said.

“He’s given us a very steady inside presence. We really count on him,” he continued.

Traub started another 9-2 run as he scored off a layup and a 3-point play to close the gap at 61-58, but Moravian answered with an 8-2 run to keep the lead.

With less than three minutes of play remaining, Traub once again sparked another River Hawks run as he finished another 3-point play and made a dunk to bring Susquehanna within five points, but the Greyhounds did not let up and took the win.

Traub led Susquehanna with 26 points, with senior guard Steven Weidlich adding 14 and sophomore guard Tyler Hoagland tallying 13. Senior guard Dalton Reichard and freshman guard Zachary Knecht each tallied six points while seniors guard Jason Dietrich and forward Danny Weiss also chipped in two points apiece.

Susquehanna out-rebounded Moravian 34-32 as Traub led with nine rebounds while Weidlich added five assists and Hoagland had four assists. However, the River Hawks shooting percentage in the paint was at 39.7 percent whereas the Greyhounds was at 52.9 percent.

Despite the loss, Susquehanna received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, which is the first time in school history that the team has gone to the tournament in back-to-back years.

“It’s certainly something to be proud of,” Marcinek said.

The River Hawks will continue their season at home on Friday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. against Medaille.

Weidlich and Traub were also later named first-team All- Landmark Conference. Weidlich was also named Landmark Conference Player of the Year, which was announced earlier this week.

Weidlich was first in the conference in scoring with 21.4 points per game, and held spots in the top five in assists, with 102, and steals, with 37.

Traub was sixth in the conference in rebounds and finished fourth in scoring, with 17.4 points per game.

Susquehanna will now play Medaille in the first round of the NCAA DIII Tournament.

The Mavericks earned the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference bid after defeating La Roche 74-58.

The win in the tournament was no suprise given that Medaille had entered the tournament with a 16-2 record in conference play and have three players named to the AMCC All-Conference team.

The tip off for the first round game is Friday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m.