|Kevin Brier||Will Mahle|
|Tim Cleary||Dillon McInerney|
SCRANTON, Pa.—The University of Scranton men’s
lacrosse team put the clamps down defensively en route to an 11-4
victory over Washington & Jefferson College in its Landmark
Conference season opener Saturday afternoon at Fitzpatrick
The Royals won their third straight game to improve to 4-3 overall and 1-0 in the conference by holding the Presidents scoreless in the second and third periods to pull away from a 4-3 halftime lead. The loss dropped Washington & Jefferson to 3-5 overall and 0-2 in the Landmark.
Senior attacker Kevin Brier (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West), senior defender Tim Cleary (Shrewbury, NJ/Christian Brothers Academy), and sophomore attacker Will Mahle (Montgomery, NJ/Montgomery) led a balanced Scranton attack with two goals apiece and senior midfielder Dillon McInerney (Hawthorne, NJ/Bergen Catholic) and senior attacker Taylor Nelson (Chester Spring, Pa./Downingtown East) each had a goal and two assists.
Senior midfielder Tom Starr (Lorrain, Ohio/Friends Academy-Md.) led the Presidents with two goals and sophomore attacker Tim Angell (Andover, Mass./Governor’s Academy) and senior attacker Joseph Eck (Boise, Idaho/Bishop Kelly) contributed one apiece.
Scranton, which held a 32-24 advantage in shots and which won 12 of 18 face-offs, pulled away in the second half by limiting the Presidents to just two shot attempts in the third period and seven in the fourth.
Washington & Jefferson did manage to cut the Royals’ lead down to two, 6-4, on a man-up goal by Angell early in the fourth period, before freshman Alex Mikrut (Belle Meade, NJ/Montgomery) and Nelson answered moments later to give Scranton a four-goal cushion with nearly 11 minutes left to play. The Royals then scored three straight goals—one each by Cleary, Brier, and junior attacker Joe Johnson (Annapolis, Md./Gonzaga)—in the final nine minutes to close out the scoring.
Scranton also received a goal and an assist from junior midfielder Matt Tibbetts (West Hartford, Conn./Conard) and senior goalkeeper Ben Worthington (Jenkintown, Pa./Archbishop Wood) finished with 11 saves, the sixth time this season he has made 10-or-more saves in a game. Sophomore Conor Crowe (King of Prussia, Pa./Upper Merion) stopped 15 shots for Washington & Jefferson.
The Royals will return to Landmark Conference action this Thursday, March 28, against Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, beginning at 7:00 p.m.