Royals Remain Unbeaten in Landmark Play By Downing Merchant Marine, 11-3, Saturday
|Ben Worthington||Matt Finor|
|Alec Mikrut||Taylor Nelson|
KING’S POINT, NY - The University of Scranton men’s lacrosse remained undefeated in Landmark Conference play with an 11-3 victory over the Merchant Marine Academy Saturday afternoon.
Freshman midfielder Alec Mikrut (Belle Mead, NJ/Montgomery) led the Royals with three goals and an assist and senior attacker Taylor Nelson (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) scored two goals and assisted on two others as Scranton won its six straight game to improve to 7-3 overall and 3-0 in the conference.
The Royals, who held a 41-25 advantage in shots and a 47-25 margin in ground balls, also received two goals and an assist from senior midfielder Dillon McInerney (Hawthorne, NJ/Bergen Catholic), a goal and an assist from junior midfielder John Gregitis (Wayne, Pa./St. Joseph’s Preparatory), and a goal apiece from sophomore attacker Will Mahle (Montgomery, NJ/Montgomery), junior attacker Gus Sturm (Devon, Pa./Conastoga), and freshman midfielder Nicholas Swift (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Plymouth Whitemarsh).
Sophomore attacker Geoff Harty (Chicago, Ill/Glenbrook South), junior midfielder Phil Walker (East Falmouth, Mass./Falmouth), and freshman attacker John Atkinson (Garden City, NY/Chaminade) each scored a goal and senior midfielder Joseph Purcell (Mineola, NY/Kellenberg Memorial) had two assists for the Mariners, now 5-6 overall and 1-2 in the Landmark.
As they have continuously done throughout this winning streak—their longest since 1999, the Royals put the clamps down on the defensive end after Harty put the Mariners up 1-0 with a goal with 7:12 remaining in the first period. Scranton then held Merchant Marine to just two goals the rest of the way, one in the third period and the other in the fourth.
The Royals have now held each of their last six opponents to seven-or-fewer goals.
After Harty’s goal, Mikrut scored three times to ignite a 6-0 run that put Scranton ahead for good. The Royals also enjoyed a major advantage in face-offs, winning 13 of 17, including 12 of 15 by sophomore midfielder Matt Finor (Churchville, Pa./Council Rock South).
Senior Ben Worthington (Jenkintown, Pa./Archbishop Wood) finished with 12 saves to pick up his 26th career win for the Royals, the most in the program’s history by a goalkeeper. He is also Scranton’s all-time leader in goals against average, allowing just 7.38 per game.
With four points today, Nelson moved into 12th place on the Royals’ all-time scoring list with 118.
The Royals will conclude a two-game road trip this Tuesday, April 9, against Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, beginning at 4:00 p.m.