|Dillon McInerney||Gus Sturm|
|Brad Elkin||Mike Deliberti|
MADISON, N.J.—The University of Scranton men’s lacrosse team ended nearly nine years of frustration against Drew University in Landmark Conference action Thursday evening.
The Royals posted their first win over the Rangers since April 24, 2004, with a 10-7 victory. They also extended their season-long winning streak to four games to improve to 5-3 overall and 2-0 in the conference.
Senior midfielder Dillon McInerney (Hawthorne, NJ/Bergen Catholic) and junior attacker Gus Sturm (Devon, Pa./Conastoga) led Scranton with three goals apiece and senior attacker Taylor Nelson (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) finished with two goals and an assist. The Royals also received a goal and two assists from junior midfielder John Gregitis (Wayne, Pa./St. Joseph’s Preparatory), a goal from freshman midfielder Brad Elkin (West Chester, Pa./Malvern Preparatory), and three assists from junior midfielder Mike Deliberti (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe).
Senior Eric Tripp (Glen Cove, NY/Glen Cove) led the Rangers, now 1-5 overall and 0-3 in the Landmark, with two goals and two assists, junior attacker/midfielder Mike Marone (Morristown, NJ/Delbarton) had two goals and an assist, and senior midfielder Steve Gentile (Franklin Lakes, NJ/Indian Hills) added two goals.
The Royals broke open a close game by scoring the first three goals of the fourth period—one each by Sturm, McInerney, and Elkin—to extend a 7-6 lead into a 10-6 cushion. Scranton then held the Rangers to just one goal the rest of the way.
Each goalkeeper—Scranton’s Ben Worthington (Jenkintown, Pa./Archbishop Wood) and Drew’s Andrew Goldberg (Randolph, NJ/Newark Academy)—was credited with eight saves.
Tonight’s win was Scranton’s first over Drew since an 8-6 victory on April 24, 2004, in Madison, New Jersey. Three of the previous four games between the two teams, however, have been decided by two-or-fewer goals.
The Royals will return to action next Wednesday, April 3, against FDU-Florham at 7:00 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.