Crusaders Hand Royals First Conference Loss, 8-7, Thursday Evening

Senior John Gregitis scored three goals this evening, but it wasn't enough to keep the Royals from dropping its first Landmark Conference game of the season, an 8-7 loss to Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove
Senior John Gregitis scored three goals this evening, but it wasn't enough to keep the Royals from dropping its first Landmark Conference game of the season, an 8-7 loss to Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove
John Gregitis Matt Finor Ryan Mygatt
Nicholas McKaba Mike Deliberti Brad Elkin

Box Score

SELINSGROVE, Pa.—In a game that featured a number of momentum swings, Susquehanna University put together the one that mattered most, pulling out an 8-7 victory over The University of Scranton in Landmark Conference men’s lacrosse action Thursday evening.

Senior attacker Austen Lein (New Vernon, NJ/Madison) led the Crusaders with two goals and an assist, sophomore midfielder Ryan Buckley (Stony Brook, NY/Ward Melville) scored two goals, and sophomore attacker Nick Reardon (West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford) finished with a goal and two assists as Susquehanna improved to 8-7 overall and moved into a three-way tie with Scranton and Goucher College for first place in the Landmark at 4-1.

The Royals, who fell to 9-5 overall, were led by senior midfielder John Gregitis (Wayne, Pa./St. Joseph’s Preparatory) with three goals, freshman attacker Ryan Mygatt (Bridgewater, NJ/Bridgewater-Raritan) had a goal and an assist, and seniors Mike Deliberti (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) and Gus Sturm (Devon, Pa./Conestoga) and sophomore Brad Elkin (West Chester, Pa./Malvern Prerparatory) chipped in a goal apiece.

Gregitis kick-started a 4-0 rally early in the second period with back-to-back goals as the Royals erased a 3-1 deficit to take a 5-3 lead with 6:44 remaining in the third period.  Buckley then started a 5-1 run with a goal with 1:34 left in the third period that ended with a goal by sophomore midfielder Jake Calder (Lutherville, Md./Dulaney) with 7:56 remaining in the fourth to take the lead for good, 8-6.

Gregitis ended a 10-minute scoring draught for Scranton with an unassisted goal with 6:22 left, but the Royals were unable to score again on their final two possessions.

Scranton took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Elkin with 6:34 left in the first period before Lein and Brogan scored within a 43-second span to give the Crusaders a 2-1 lead entering the second period.  Midway through the second period, Buckley put Susquehanna up 3-1 with an unassisted goal before Gregitis answered a minute later to get the Royals back on track.

Junior Matt Finor (Churchville, Pa./Council Rock South) won 14 of 19 face-offs for the Royals, who held a slim 23-19 advantage in ground balls, but the play of Crusader junior goalkeeper Jared Knowlton (North Salem, NY/Kent School) offset those Scranton advantages by making 12 saves.  

Knowlton’s counterpart, Royal sophomore goalkeeper Nicholas McKaba (Long Valley, NJ/West Morris), stopped eight shots.

Scranton will break for the Easter holiday before returning to action on Saturday, April 26, against Goucher College in Towson, Maryland, beginning at 3:30 p.m.  To earn the top seed and home field advantage throughout the Landmark tournament, the Royals must beat Goucher and Susquehanna must lose to Catholic University in its regular-season finale, also on April 26. 

If Goucher wins, they are the number one seed and Scranton falls to third regardless of the outcome of the Susquehanna-Catholic game.  The Royals can earn the two seed with a win over Goucher and a victory by Susquehanna, thereby making the Crusaders the top seed and Goucher third.

--ROYALS--