Royals To Open 2014 Season Saturday At Wesley

Senior Mike Deliberti and his teammates will open their 2014 season tomorrow at 12 noon against Wesley College in Dover, Delaware.
Senior Mike Deliberti and his teammates will open their 2014 season tomorrow at 12 noon against Wesley College in Dover, Delaware.
John Gregitis Alec Mikrut Gus Sturm
Matt Finor Ryan Saraceni Colin Panayi

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

University of Scranton men’s lacrosse coach Doug Sage applied that adage when he found out that his scheduled season-opener Saturday against Farmingdale St. in New York had to be postponed due to unplayable field conditions.

So instead of getting mad at Old Man Winter, Sage did the next best thing:  he called around and found an opponent whose field survived the recent snowstorms that have hit the Mid-Atlantic region hard.

That opponent happens to be Wesley College in Dover, Delaware, which will host the Royals tomorrow at 12 noon.  It will be the first meeting ever in lacrosse between the two schools.

Scranton is coming off an 8-7 campaign in Sage’s first year as head coach in 2013.  And even though the Royals lost their top two scoring threats from last year, Sage is confident that veterans John Gregitis (Wayne, Pa./St. Joseph’s Preparatory), Alec Mikrut (Belle Mead, NJ/Montgomery), Gus Sturm (Devon, Pa./Conastoga), and Will Mahle (Montgomery, NJ/Montgomery) can pick up the slack.

Gregitis, a senior midfielder, was the team’s third-leading scorer a year ago with 18 total points, while Mikrut, Sturm, and Mahle combined for 36 goals.

Also returning in the midfield is Matt Finor (Churchville, Pa./Council Rock South), who won over 61 percent of his face-off attempts last season on his way to earning second-team all-Landmark Conference honors, along with fellow second-team all-conference pick Mike Deliberti (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe).

On defense, the return of three-year starter Ryan Saraceni (Lansdale, Pa./LaSalle) should ease the sting created by the loss of two-time honorable mention All-American Tim Cleary at long-stick/midfield.  Expected to join him on the back line is veteran Colin Panayi (Bedminster, NJ/Bernards).

After Saturday, the Royals will return to action on Saturday, March 1, against Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, starting at 1 p.m.

--ROYALS--