Royals Extend Winning Streak To Five With 13-6 Victory Over FDU-Florham Wednesday At Fitzpatrick Field

Alec Mikrut Matt Finor
Dennis Jordan Dillon McInerney

Box Score

SCRANTON, Pa.—The University of Scranton men’s lacrosse team dominated the final 30 minutes of play to pull away for a 13-6 victory over FDU-Florham in non-conference action Wednesday evening at Fitzpatrick Field.

Freshman attacker Alec Mikrut (Belle Mead, NJ/Montgomery) and senior midfielder Dillon McInerney (Hawthorne, NJ/Bergen Catholic) led the Royals with three goals apiece and senior attacker Taylor Nelson (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) and junior attacker Gus Sturm (Devon, Pa./Conastoga) each added a pair as Scranton won its fifth straight game to improve to 6-3.

Junior midfielder Jake Higgins (Bridgewater, NJ/Bridgewater-Raritan) paced the Devils, now 2-8, with two goals and senior midfielder Cory Weiss (Maplewood, NJ/Columbia) and sophomore attacker Frank Reda (Smithtown, NY/Smithtown West) contributed a goal and an assist apiece.

 The Royals broke away from a 5-4 halftime lead by keeping the Devils on defense much of the second half.  Thanks to the efforts of sophomore midfielders Matt Finor (Churchville, Pa./Council Rock South) and Dennis Jordan (Long Valley, NJ/West Morris Central), Scranton won 7 of 11 face-offs in the second half to keep FDU-Florham on its heels.

For the game, Finor won 9 of 14 face-offs and Jordan 5 of 7, which helped the Royals build up a 39-26 advantage in shots and 38-22 margin in ground balls.

Mikrut scored all three of his goals in the second half, including a pair in the third period as the Royals broke it open by out-scoring the Devils 6-1.  Mikrut and Sturm then opened the final stanza with goals as the lead ballooned to eight.

Scranton also received a goal apiece from junior midfielder John Gregitis (Wayne, Pa./St. Joseph’s Preparatory), sophomore attacker Will Mahle (Montgomery, NJ/St. Peter’s Prepartory), and senior attacker Kevin Brier (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks).

Senior all-America candidate Tim Cleary (Shrewsbury, NJ/Christian Brothers Academy) was a dominating presence on defense, finishing with two caused turnovers, five grounds balls and two assists for the Royals, whose current 5-game winning streak is the longest in the program since 2008.

Senior goalkeeper Ben Worthington (Jenkintown, Pa./Archbishop Wood) finished with a game-high eight saves for Scranton while his counterpart, Devil freshman Tim Zangara (Newfoundland, NJ/Morris Knolls), stopped five shots.

The Royals will open a two-game road trip this Saturday, April 6, against the Merchant Marine Academy in Landmark Conference action in Kings Point, New York, beginning at 1:00 p.m.


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