|Nicholas McKaba||Matt Finor||Gus Sturm|
|Matt Tibbetts||Alec Mikrut||Michael Bernier|
SCRANTON, Pa.—SUNY Plattsburgh held The University of Scranton men’s lacrosse team to just one goal in the second half en route to an 11-7 victory in non-conference action Saturday afternoon at Fitzpatrick Field.
Sophomore attacker Brendan Damm (Montauk, NY/East Hampton) led the Cardinals, now 6-2, with four goals and an assist and senior midfielder Tom Duggan (Levittown, NY/NYIT) scored two of his three goals in the fourth period as SUNY Plattsburgh scored four times in the final seven minutes of play to break open a close game.
Scranton, which led by one at intermission, was led by senior attacker Gus Sturm (Devon, Pa./Conestoga) with three goals and sophomore midfielder Alec Mikrut (Belle Mead, NJ/Montgomery) contributed a goal and an assist.
The Royals, now 5-3, also received a goal apiece from senior attacker Matt Tibbetts (West Hartford, Conn./Conard), junior attacker Will Mahle (Montgomery, NJ/Montgomery), and junior midfielder Michael Bernier (Wayne, NJ/Malverne Preparatory).
SUNY Plattsburgh converted two extra-man opportunities in the third period to take a 7-6 lead on goals by Damm and junior attacker James Read (Miller Place, NY/Miller Place), before the Royals finally got untracked on a goal by Tibbetts set up senior midfielder John Gregitis (Wayne, NJ/St. Joseph’s Preparatory) with 14:18 left in the fourth period to tie it up at 7-7.
The Cardinals then scored three times—one each by senior midfielder Robbie Ashlaw (North Syracuse, NY/SUNY Potsdam), Duggan, and Damm—during a two-minute span to swing the momentum completely in their favor.
Senior goalkeeper Andrew Hauk (Sackets Harbor, NY/Lycoming College) made eight of his game-high 11 saves in the second half for SUNY Plattsburgh. His counterpart, Royal sophomore Nicholas McKaba (Long Valley, NJ/West Morris), stopped seven shots.
The Royals led 3-1 after the first period before the Cardinals scored three straight goals to open the second stanza to take their first lead, 4-3. Sturm then scored twice within a span of 18 seconds to ignite a 3-1 run that propelled Scranton to a 6-5 halftime lead.
Scranton held a 46-40 advantage in ground balls, but the Royals paid dearly for committing eight penalties, three of which the Cardinals converted into goals.
Royal junior midfielder Matt Finor (Churchville, Pa./Council Rock South) won 14 of 21 face-off attempts today, including 10 of 13 in the first half.
Scranton returns to action this Wednesday, March 26, against Kean University in Union, New Jersey, at 7:00 p.m.