Men's Lacrosse Loses Heartbreaker In Season Opener At Wesley

Senior John Gregitis had a goal and an assist in the Royals' season-opening 9-8 loss at Wesley on Saturday.
Senior John Gregitis had a goal and an assist in the Royals' season-opening 9-8 loss at Wesley on Saturday.

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DOVER, Del. – The University of Scranton men's lacrosse team scored twice in the late going to draw even, but Wesley College scored with just eight seconds remaining to stun the Royals, 9-8, in the season opener for both teams on Saturday at Miller Stadium.

The Royals (0-1) trailed 8-6 with a little more than two minutes remaining when junior attacker Anthony Lombardo (Mendham, N.J./Mendham) scored an unassisted goal with 2:09 to play to draw Scranton within one. Freshman attacker Brian Quinn (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) then tied it up when he scored his second goal of the game off an assist by Lombardo with just 31 seconds left in overtime.

But Wesley (1-0) stunned the Royals with a goal with just eight seconds remaining to earn the victory. It's Scranton's first loss in a season opener since 2009.

Lombardo finished with two goals and two assists, and Quinn with two goals and one assist in the loss. Senior midfielder John Gregitis (Wayne, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) had a goal and an assist, and the Royals also received a goal each from senior midfielder Mike Deliberti (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield-Ludlowe), senior attacker Gus Sturm (Devon, Pa./Conestoga) and freshman attacker Ryan Mygatt (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan). Junior attacker Will Mahle (Montgomery, N.J./Montgomery) also had an assist.

Sophomore goaltender Nicholas McKaba (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris) made 20 saves for the Royals, who had 29 shots to Wesley's 35. Scranton won 10 of 19 faceoffs, but six turnovers to just two for Wesley. The Royals had 44 ground balls, led by four each from Gregitis, Deliberti and junior midfielder Matt Finor (Churchville, Pa./Council Rock North).

Wesley received three goals apiece from sophomore attacker Mike Rakos (Brooklyn Park, Minn./Osseo) and sophomore midfielder Sam Seibert (New Castle, Del./William Penn). The Wolverines rallied from an early 3-1 hole to tie the game at 3 at halftime, and then took control by outscoring the Royals, 4-2, in the third period before Scranton rallied.

The Royals are back in action on Saturday, March 1, when they travel to Allentown, Pa. to take on Muhlenberg at 1 p.m.