|Alec Mikrut||Matt Finor|
|Dennis Jordan||Dillon McInerney|
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.