Selinsgrove, Pa.-On Saturday afternoon, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy men's lacrosse team ended the 2011 season as well as Landmark Conference play with a 16-6 defeat to Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa. The Crusaders improved to 11-5 overall and 3-2 in the league, while the Mariners dropped to 4-12 on the season and 0-5 in the conference.
The Crusaders were able to open up the offense building up to a 6-1 lead before junior Adam Jerlow (Parker, Colo.) tallied the second USMMA goal at the 8:59 mark of the second quarter, which was assisted by junior Tyler Spaulding (Hollywood, Md.).
Atkinson made the score 6-3 with an unassisted goal at the 4:36 mark of that frame. Susquehanna answered back at the 3:44 mark when Luke Delavan ripped a shot that went past the goalie for the 7-3 lead.
Kratsch would make the game 7-4 on an unassisted goal at the 1:47 mark, before another Crusaders goal by Billy Spack which was assisted by Pete Doelp sending the two teams into half time.
Kings Point would start the third quarter on a Kratsch goal at the 14:45 mark, before seven unanswered goals gave Susquehanna the 15-5 lead. Marcus Cheatham recorded one last Crusaders goal, before Robert Atkinson tallied the final marker of the game making the final score 16-6.
Susquehanna keeper Jordan Daney had five saves in the victory for the Crusaders, while USMMA freshman cager Pat Sullivan (Shoreham, N.Y.) had 13 saves in the loss.
This now concludes the 2011 season for Head Coach Tom Gill and the Mariners. Please continue to check www.usmmasports.com for any offseason news and notes pertaining to the men's lacrosse program.