Royals End Two-Game Slide With 14-5 Victory Over W&J In Landmark Conference Action Saturday Afternoon
|Gus Sturm||John Gregitis||Matt Finor|
|Alec Mikrut||Ryan Millard||Anthony Lombardo|
WASHINGTON, Pa.—If University of Scranton head men’s lacrosse coach Doug Sage had any concerns regarding his team’s recent scoring slump, they were quickly dispelled in this afternoon’s Landmark Conference matchup against Washington & Jefferson at Alexandre Stadium.
After struggling offensively in their last two games, the Royals exploded for eight goals in the second period to break away from a 2-1 first-period lead and cruised to a 14-5 victory. The win snaps a two-game losing streak for Scranton, now 6-4 overall and 2-0 in the conference.
Senior attacker Gus Sturm (Devon, Pa./Conastoga) led the Royals with four goals and senior midfielder John Gregitis (Wayne, Pa./St. Joseph’s Preparatory), junior attacker Anthony Lombardo (Mendham, NJ/Mendham), and sophomore midfielder Alec Mikrut (Belle Mead, NJ/Montgomery) each finished with two goals and an assist.
The Presidents, who fell to 4-7 overall and 0-3 in the Landmark Conference, were led by junior midfielder John Bursch (Latrobe, Pa./Greensburg Central Catholic) with two goals and junior attacker Tim Angell (Andover, Mass./Governor’s Academy) finished with a goal and an assist.
The Royals held a decided advantage in nearly every statistical category. They out-shot the Presidents 37-22, held a 37-22 margin in ground balls, and won 17 of 22 face-offs to post their third straight victory in the series.
Junior Matt Finor (Churchville, Pa./Council Rock South) won 16 of 17 face-off attempts for the Royals and finished with six ground balls, junior defenseman Ryan Millard (Long Valley, NJ/West Morris Central) scooped up a team-high seven ground balls, and sophomore goalkeeper Nicholas McKaba (Bridgewater, NJ/Bridgewater-Raritan) finished with eight saves in over 51 minutes of action. Freshmen Conor Beers (Woolwich Township, NJ/Kingsway Regional) and Conor Coughlan (Massapequa Park, NY/Massapequa) each saw action in goal today and combined to stop three shots.
Today’s 14 goals were a season-high for the Royals and the most during Sage’s two-year tenure as head coach.
Scranton will return home to host Elizabethtown College in the first of a four-game home stand this Wednesday, April 2, at 4:00 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.