April 20, 2013

Goucher Ends Royals' Bid To Capture Top Seed in Upcoming Landmark Tournament with 7-6 Victory in Overtime

Taylor Nelson Ben Worthington
Will Mahle Ryan Millard

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Photo Gallery (courtesy of Dan Ceccacci)

SCRANTON, Pa.—The University of Scranton men’s lacrosse team committed two costly errors late in the fourth period en route to a 7-6 loss in overtime to defending champion Goucher College in the battle for the top seed for the upcoming Landmark Conference postseason tournament.

Sophomore attacker Sam Morgan (Wilmot, NH/Kearsarge Regional) scored the game-winner on a play set up by senior midfielder Zachary Fratella (Wilmington, Del./Brandywise) with 1:37 left in the overtime period as the Gophers locked up the number one seed and improved to 7-7 overall and 5-0 in the conference.

Goucher, which trailed 5-3 after the third period and 6-5 late in the fourth, received two goals apiece from Fratella and Morgan and junior midfielder Steve Patterson (Minneapolis, Minn./Blake School), freshman attacker Owen Demmerly (Medford, NJ/Shawnee), and junior attacker Max Roach (Austin, Texas/Austin) contributed one apiece.

Scranton, which fell to 8-6 overall and 4-1 in the Landmark, was led by senior attacker Taylor Nelson (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) with two goals and an assist and sophomore attacker Will Mahle (Montgomery, NJ/Montgomery) chipped in two goals.  The Royals also received a goal apiece from senior midfielder Dillon McInerney (Hawthorne, NJ/Bergen Catholic) and junior midfielder John Gregitis (Wayne, Pa./St. Joseph’s Preparatory) and an assist from sophomore defender Ryan Millard (Long Valley, NJ/West Morris Central).

Hanging on to a one-goal lead in the final three minutes of regulation, the Royals came up with a ground ball and a successful clear after Goucher’s Mike Russo (Frederick, Md./St. John’s Catholic Preparatory) hit the post on a shot attempt that would have tied the game.  Scranton, however, turned it over less than 30 seconds later, then committed a violation that resulted in an extra-man opportunity for the Gophers with 1:27 remaining.

Patterson tied it up with 1 minute remaining on a play set up by junior attacker Dylan Zook (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley), his second assist of the game.

The Royals won the face-off to open the extra stanza, but Goucher senior goalkeeper Connor Mishaw (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) made a save on a shot attempt by Royal freshman midfielder Alec Mikrut (Belle Mead, NJ/Montgomery).  The Gophers cleared the ball successfully to set up Morgan’s game-winning goal.

Mikshaw finished with 10 saves for Goucher while Scranton senior goalkeeper Ben Worthington (Jenkintown, Pa./Archbishop Wood) was brilliant in defeat, finishing with a season-high 15 saves, including eight in the first half as the teams battled to a 2-2 tie by intermission.

Regardless of the outcome of next Saturday’s Landmark Conference regular-season finale at Catholic University, the Royals are now the number two seed and will host the number three seed in semifinal action on Wednesday, May 1, at Fitzpatrick Field.

--ROYALS--

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