Kirby Sets Game Record For Saves; Presidents Nipped By Crusaders
SELINSGROVE, Pa. -- Washington & Jefferson senior goalie Ran Kirby (Cleveland, Ohio/University School) set a single-game school record with 25 saves, but Susquehanna still managed to pull out an 11-8 Landmark Conference men’s lacrosse victory over the Presidents on Saturday afternoon.
The Crusaders (8-4, 3-1) outshot W&J (3-6, 0-3) by a 51-21 margin, including a 20-shot barrage during the second quarter, 11 of which were turned aside by Kirby.
W&J junior midfielder Casey Smallwood (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland) scored just over 12 minutes into the match for the opening goal, but Austen Lein answered 84 seconds later to tie the game.
Sophomore attacker Tim Angell’s (Andover, Mass./Governor’s Academy) goal with 10:18 left in the second quarter off a pass from senior attacker Joseph Eck (Boise, Idaho/Bishop Kelly) put the Presidents in front 3-2, but the Crusaders scored the final two goals of the first half to take a 5-4 advantage at the break.
Carmen Raroha and J.A. Howland made it four consecutive SU tallies with goals during the third quarter. The Presidents closed to within two on three different occasions in the final 15 minutes, but Susquehanna responded with a goal each time to preserve the win.
Four different Crusaders supplied a pair of goals, including Connor Moran, who also dished out two assists. SU dominated faceoffs (17-6) and ground balls (47-22), while also forcing 25 turnovers. Jared Knowlton and Will Torrence split time in goal and combined to make three saves.
Kirby’s record day in goal upped his school record career save total to 564. The two-time Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Week’s previous career single-game high was 19. Kirby allowed 10 of Susquehanna’s goals in 57 minutes and 21 seconds of action.
Smallwood paced the W&J offense with two goals and one assist, while freshman midfielder Zachary Fredericks (Babylon, N.Y./Babylon) also netted a pair.
Washington & Jefferson will try to end its five-game losing streak next Saturday when hosting Mount Union at Alexandre Stadium (1:00 pm).