Royals Drop 12-9 Decision To Susquehanna in Landmark Action Saturday Afternoon
|Dan Slade||Ben Worthington|
|John Gregitis||Kevin Brier|
SELINSGROVE, Pa.—With only two weeks remaining in the regular season, The University of Scranton men’s lacrosse team finds itself in a tight squeeze for one of four Landmark Conference tournament berths.
Especially after today’s 12-9 lost to Susquehanna University this afternoon at Sassafras Field, which puts the Royals into a tie for fourth place with a road game remaining against league-leader Goucher College next Saturday, April 21, in Towson, Maryland, before hosting Catholic in the season finale on Saturday, April 28, at Fitzpatrick Field.
Leading 5-4 at intermission, the Crusaders opened up an in surmountable three-goal lead after three periods of play to improve to 8-6 overall and 3-2 in the conference. The loss was the second straight for Scranton, now 7-4 overall and 2-2 in the Landmark.
Sophomore attacker Austen Lein (New Vernon, NJ/Madison) led Susquehanna with three goals, including two during a 7-1 run spurt that turned a 4-3 deficit in the second period into a 10-5 lead early in the fourth period. The Crusaders also received two goals and two assists from senior attacker Dustin Breakey (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley), two goals and an assist from senior attacker Luke Delavan (Madison, NJ/Madison), and two goals from senior midfielder Tim Pastore (Ridgewood, NJ/Ridgewood).
Junior midfielder Dillon McInerney (Hawthorne, NJ/Bergen Catholic) led the Royals with three goals and senior attacker Dan Slade (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) finished with two goals and two assists. The Royals also received a goal and an assist from senior attacker Kyle Frank (Glen Arm, Md./Boys’ Latin) and a goal apiece from junior attacker Taylor Nelson (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East), sophomore midfielder John Gregitis (Wayne, Pa./St. Joseph’s Preparatory), and junior attacker Kevin Brier (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West).
Susquehanna held a 40-32 advantage in ground ball and won 16 of 25 face-offs.
Junior goalkeeper Ben Worthington (Jenkintown, Pa./Archbishop Wood) stopped 18 shots for the Royals, who will return to action this Wednesday, April 18, against Marywood University beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.