March 23, 2013

Royals Shut Down Presidents, 11-4, In Landmark Opener Today At Fitzpatrick Field

Kevin Brier Will Mahle
Tim Cleary Dillon McInerney

Box Score
Photo Gallery (courtesy of Dan Ceccacci)

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 Field.

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.

--ROYALS--

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