|Dillon McInerney||Ben Worthington|
|John Gregitis||Matt Finor|
|Tim Cleary||Joe Johnson|
SCRANTON, Pa.—The Doug Sage era opened on a
positive note for The University of Scranton men’s lacrosse
team Saturday afternoon at Fitzpatrick Field.
Behind a career-high six goals from senior midfielder Dillon McInerney (Hawthorne, NJ/Bergen Catholic) and a 13-save performance by senior goalkeeper Ben Worthington (Jenkintown, Pa./Archbishop Wood), the Royals made Sage’s head coaching debut a memorable one with a 9-3 victory over Farmingdale St.
McInerney scored three goals during a six-minute span of the second period to break a 1-1 tie that propelled Scranton to a 4-1 halftime lead. He added two more in the third period as the Royals extended their lead to 8-2.
Junior midfielder John Gregitis (Wayne, Pa./St. Joseph’s Preparatory) chipped in two goals and junior attacker Joe Johnson (Annapolis, Md./Gonzaga) had one for Scranton, which held a 37-29 advantage in shots and a 38-27 margin in ground balls.
Senior midfielder Jason Opitz (West Hempstead, NY/Holy Trinity/NYIT), junior midfielder Vince Aniano (Oceanside, NY/Oceanside), and freshman attacker Matthew Visintin (Yonkers, NY/St. Michael Academy) scored a goal apiece for Farmingdale State.
Defensively, senior Tim Cleary (Shrewsbury, NJ/Christian Brothers Academy) finished with three of Scranton’s 10 caused turnovers and scooped up five ground balls. And even though the Royals were whistled for 11 penalties, they allowed only two extra-man opportunity goals.
Sophomore midfielder Matt Finor (Churchville, Pa./Council Rock South) also played a key role in today’s victory, winning 10 of 15 face-offs and finishing with a game-high six ground balls.
The Royals will return to action this Wednesday, February 27, against York College in York, Pennsylvania, beginning at 3:00 p.m.
News & Notes: McInerney’s 6-goal performance is tied for the eighth highest single-game total in Scranton history…Royals are now 5-0 all-time against Farmingdale St…Worthington made eight of his 13 saves in the second half…Scranton has won its last four season openers.