March 2, 2013

Mules Stiffle Royals, 6-3, Saturday At Fitzpatrick Field

Matt Tibbitts Alec Mikrut
Taylor Nelson Ben Worthington

Box Score

Photo Gallery (courtesy of Dan Ceccacci)

SCRANTON, Pa.—Muhlenberg College scored twice early in the fourth period to break away from a one-goal lead en route to a 6-3 victory over The University of Scranton in non-conference men’s lacrosse action Saturday afternoon at Fitzpatrick Field.

Sophomore midfielder Jon Thomas (Manhassat, NY/Manhassat) led the Mules, now 2-2, with two goals and an assist, and senior attacker Jack Reilly (Boonton, Township, NJ/Mountain Lakes), senior midfielder Doug Rheimer (Wycombe, Pa./Council Rock North), sophomore attacker Jason Mertz (Basking Ridge, NJ/Ridge), and senior midfielder Michael Carpetto (Westfield, NJ/St. Joseph) chipped in one goal apiece.

Scranton, which fell to 1-2, received two goals from junior midfielder Matt Tibbitts (West Hartford, Conn./Conard), a goal from freshman midfielder Alec Mikrut (Belle Mead, NJ/Montgomery), and two assists from senior attacker Taylor Nelson (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East).

The Mules continually frustrated the Royals throughout the afternoon, building up a 2-1 lead in the first period and 3-1 advantage by intermission.  They methodically ran their sets on offense and managed to kill all four of Scranton’s extra-man opportunities, including a 3-minute non-releasable penalty in the second period.

Tibbitts gave the Royals’ some much-needed momentum when he opened the fourth period with a goal on a play set up by Nelson to cut the Mules’ lead to one, 3-2.

Mertz then answered less than two minutes later after receiving a crisp pass from Thomas and Thomas added another goal, this time unassisted, moments later as Muhlenberg regained the momentum to take a 5-2 lead.  With 3:12 left Carpetto added another goal for Muhlenberg before Tibbets set the final score a minute later on another play set up by Nelson.

Sophomore goalkeeper Adam Schlauch (Tewksbury, NJ/Rutgers Preparatory) finished with 11 saves for Muhlenberg while Scranton’s Ben Worthington (Jenkintown, Pa./Archbishop Wood) stopped 11 shots.

The Mules, who avenged an 8-7 loss in four overtimes to Scranton in last year’s game, held a commanding 46-22 advantage in ground balls.


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