March 16, 2013

Royals Hold Off Pacers, 9-7, To Even Record At 3-3

Will Mahle Kevin Brier
Dillon McInerney John Gregitis
Matt Finor Ben Worthington

Box Score

SCRANTON, Pa.—The University of Scranton men’s lacrosse team built up a 5-1 first-period lead before holding off a late rally to defeat Marywood University, 9-7, at Pacer Field Saturday afternoon.

Sophomore attacker Will Mahle (Montgomery, NJ/Montgomery) and senior attacker Kevin Brier (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) scored two goals apiece and senior midfielder Dillon McInerney (Hawthorne, NJ/Bergen Catholic) had a goal and three assists as the Royals won their second straight game to improve to 3-3.

Marywood, which fell to 1-5, was led by junior attacker Riley Dobel (Oak Bluff, Mass./Martha Vineyard’s Regional) with five goals and sophomore attacker Dylan Swope (Pottstown, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) contributed a goal and two assists.

The Royals led by four at intermission and appeared to have the game in hand when Mahle scored to open the third period on a play set up by junior midfielder John Gregitis (Wayne, Pa./St. Joseph’s) to take an 8-3 lead.  

Dobel then added back-to-back goals, one with 8:46 left in the third period and another with 11:35 remaining in the fourth period, to slice Scranton’s lead to three.

The Pacers were then whistled for a costly penalty, which the Royals converted into a goal by senior Taylor Nelson (Chester Spring, Pa/Downingtown East), before Dobel scored twice, the last of which came with 37 seconds remaining to set the final score.

Sophomore Matt Finor (Churchville, Pa./Council Rock South) won 11 of 17 face-offs and senior goalkeeper Ben Worthington (Jenkintown, Pa./Archbishop Wood) finished with 13 saves for Scranton, which now leads the all-time series with Marywood, 6-0. 

Senior long-stick midfielder Tim Cleary (Shrewsbury, NJ/Christian Brothers Academy) finished with four ground balls and a caused turnover and Gregitis, freshman midfielder Alex Mikrut (Belle Mead, NJ/Montgomery) and junior attacker Gus Sturm (Devon, Pa./Conastoga) added a goal for the Royals.

Senior goalkeeper Nicholas Cornella (Wantagh, NY/Wantagh) finished with 13 saves for the Pacers.

The Royals will return to action this Wednesday, March 20, against Centenary College in Hackettstown, New Jersey, beginning at 3:00 p.m.

--ROYALS--

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