SELINSGROVE, Pa. - Catholic University men's lacrosse freshman Joey Rockovich totaled four points with three goals and one assist, but Susquehanna outscored the Cardinals 7-2 over the middle two quarters en route to an 11-8 victory Thursday at Sassafras Field.
Catholic (8-7, 4-2 LC) has lost back-to-back Landmark Conference contests to fall to fourth place in the league standings. With their regular season schedule complete, the Cardinals, who have already secured a spot in the 2019 Landmark Conference Men's Lacrosse Championship, must wait for the results of the remaining conference schedule to learn their seed.
Rockovich, the team's leader in assists and points, posted his third hat-trick of the season, scoring the final two goals of the game. His first tally came with 5:16 left in the first quarter with the Cards trailing 3-0 after a natural hat-trick by the River Hawks' Jack Donnelly.
Catholic scored four of the next six goals and trailed by just one, 5-4 with 11:37 remaining in the second quarter, following the lone goal of the game by freshman Tommy Welch that was assisted by Rockovich.
However, that would be as close as the Cards would get as Susquehanna (10-6, 4-1 LC) scored three-straight to end the half and take an 8-4 halftime lead. Donnelly scored two of the three goals to finish the half with five of the River Hawks' eight.
Donnelly netted his sixth goal to open the second half, posting his sock trick with 12:23 to play in the third quarter before adding his seventh with only four seconds left to give the River Hawks their largest lead of the game, 11-5 after three.
Catholic outscored Susquehanna 3-0 in the fourth quarter, but Dylan Abplanalp totaled nine of his 18 saves in the game to preserve the lead and vault the River Hawks into second place in the conference standings.
Sophomore Owen Smith scored for the second consecutive game, netting his first goal since he had two versus Berry on March 13. He has missed four of the last seven games due to injury.
Meanwhile, freshman Archer Rymiszewski scored for the fourth-straight game, finishing with one goal and one assist. He has totaled five goals and three assists over the last four games.
The next game for the Cardinals will be Wednesday, May 1 in the conference tournament semifinals following a 12-day layoff. The location will be determined following the conclusion of league games on Saturday, April 27.