|Alec Mikrut||Gus Sturm||John Gregitis|
|Matt Finor||Andrew Marone||Ryan Mygatt|
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa.—The University of Scranton men’s lacrosse team set the tone early in Saturday’s 12-5 victory over Lycoming College in non-conference action Saturday afternoon.
Behind two goals apiece from sophomore Alec Mikrut (Belle Mead, NJ/Montgomery) and freshman Ryan Mygatt (Bridgewater, NJ/Bridgewater-Raritan), the Royals built up a 7-1 lead by intermission. Scranton out-shot the Warriors, 20-6, and won of 9 of 12 face-offs in the opening 30 minutes of play.
Mikrut finished with three goals and an assist, senior Gus Sturm (Devon, Pa./Conestoga) added two goals, and senior John Gregitis (Wayne, Pa./St. Joseph’s Preparatory) had a goal and three assists as the Royals improved to 2-2.
Lycoming, which fell to 0-4, was led by senior Matt McCaffer (Marcellus, NY/Marcellus) with three goals and juniors Sean Reilly (Corning, NY/Corning Painted Post West) and Thomas Hanson (Tucson, Ariz./Catanlina Foothills) added one apiece.
The Royals dominated the game in all phases, winning 17 of 20 face-offs—including a 9-for-12 effort by junior Matt Finor (Churchville, Pa./Council Rock South)—and holding a 39-21 advantage in shots and 38-23 margin in ground balls.
McCaffer and Hanson opened the third period with goals during a two-minute span to cut Scranton’s lead to four midway before Scranton closed it out with goals by sophomore Brad Elkin (West Chester, Pa./Malverne Preparatory) and Mikrut on a man-up opportunity to take a 9-3 lead entering the final period of play.
The Royals put it out of reach on goals by Sturm and sophomores Andrew Marone (Morristown, NJ/Seton Hall Preparatory), and Nick Mullery (Clark, NJ/Arthur L. Johnson) to open the fourth period to extend the lead to nine.
Freshman Brian Quinn (Wantagh, NY/Wantagh) finished with two assists for Scranton, which will return to action this Wednesday, March 12, against Marywood University beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field. Admission is free.