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

Senior attacker Kevin Brier scored two goals today in the Royals' 9-7 victory against cross-town neighbor Marywood University at Pacer Field.
Senior attacker Kevin Brier scored two goals today in the Royals' 9-7 victory against cross-town neighbor Marywood University at Pacer Field.
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.

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