Royals Lock Up Landmark Tournament Berth With 9-3 Win Over Susquehanna Saturday At Fitzpatrick Field

Royals Lock Up Landmark Tournament Berth With 9-3 Win Over Susquehanna Saturday At Fitzpatrick Field
Sophomore Colin Panayi and the Royal defense held Susquehanna to one goal in the second half en route to a 9-3 victory at Fitzpatrick Field. The win locks up a Landmark Conference tournament for the Scranton for the third straight year.
Gus Sturm Tim Cleary
Ryan Saraceni Colin Panayi

Box Score

SCRANTON, Pa.—If defense truly wins championships, then The University of Scranton men’s lacrosse team has to like its chances in the upcoming Landmark Conference tournament.

The Royals locked up a Landmark tournament berth today by holding Susquehanna University to one goal in the final 30 minutes of play en route to a 9-3 victory at Fitzpatrick Field.

Senior goalkeeper Ben Worthington (Jenkintown, Pa./Archbishop Wood) finished with nine saves and junior attacker Gus Sturm (Devon, Pa./Conastoga) finished with three goals and senior attacker Taylor Nelson (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) and senior midfielder Dillon McInerney (Hawthorne, NJ/Bergen Catholic) combined for four goals and three assists as Scranton improved to 8-4 overall and 4-0 in the Landmark.

Freshman attacker Connor Moran (Dalefield, Wisc./Kettle Moraine), sophomore midfielder Nick Kifolo (Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg), and junior attacker Austen Lein (New Vernon, NJ/Madison) scored a goal apiece and senior goalkeeper Will Torrence (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) stopped 10 shots for the Crusaders, now 8-5 overall and 3-2 in the conference.

The Royal backline of senior Tim Cleary (Shrewsbury, NJ/Christian Brothers Academy) and Brendan Synan (Mahopac, NY/Mahopac), junior Ryan Saraceni (Lansdale, Pa./LaSalle), and sophomore Colin Panayi (Bedminster, NJ/Bernards) have been instrumental in holding three of Scranton four conference opponents to four-or-fewer goals.  

Offensively, Scranton jumped out to an early 4-0 in the first period on goals by junior attacker Joe Johnson (Annapolis, Md./Gonzaga), freshman attacker Andrew Callaghan (Maplewood, NJ/St. Peter’s Preparatory), McInerney and Nelson.  

The Crusaders did cut the margin to two before Sturm answered with a goal off a play set up by Nelson to give the Royals a 5-2 cushion by intermission.  Susquehanna did close to within three on a man-up goal by Lein with 2:46 left in the third period, but the Royals regained the momentum moments later when McInerney tallied his 24th goal of the season, unassisted, to give Scranton a 7-3 lead entering the final 15 minutes of play.  Sturm closed it out with back-to-back goals in the fourth period.

The Royals have now qualified for the Landmark Conference tournament for the third straight year and for the fifth time in the conference’s six-year history.  

Scranton will take on Centenary College in Hackettstown, New Jersey, this Wednesday, April 17, at 3:30 p.m., before hosting defending champion Goucher College next Saturday, April 20, at 1:00 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.  Both Scranton and Goucher enter next Saturday’s game unbeaten in conference play.


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