FARMINGDALE, NY—Junior attackers Taylor Nelson (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown
East) and Kyle
Frank (Glen Arm, Md./Boys’ Latin) and senior
Rufo (Broomall, Pa./Haverford School) scored three
goals apiece to lead The University of Scranton men’s
lacrosse team to a season-opening 11-5 victory over Farmingdale
State Saturday afternoon.
Defensively, the Royals, now 1-0, held the Rams to just two goals in the second half to break away from a 4-3 halftime lead.
Scranton, which trailed 3-1 after the first period, also received a goal apiece from senior midfielder Matt Glenn (Jamison, Pa./Central Bucks East) and junior midfielder Olaf Gilliam (Piermont, NY/Tappan Zee), three assists from John Gregitis (Wayne, Pa./St. Joseph’s Preparatory), two from sophomore midfielder Matt Tibbetts (West Hartford, Conn./Conard), and one from sophomore midfielder Mike Deliberti (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe).
Junior goalkeeper Ben
Worthington (Jenkintown, Pa./Archbishop Wood) made
eight saves to pick up the victory.
Seniord midfielder Tim Caden (Setauket, NY/Ward Melville) led the Rams, now 0-1, with two goals and two assists.
Farmingdale tied it early in the third period on an unassisted goal by Caden before Rufo keyed a 4-0 spurt with a goal off an assist by Gregitis and Gilliam, Frank, and Nelson followed with goals as the Royals took an 8-4 lead into the fourth period.
Frank, playing in his first game for Scranton since 2009, now has 61 goals in his career, which is currently tied for 18th place on the Royals’ all-time list.
Scranton, which has now won its last three season-opening games, will return to action next Saturday, March 3, against Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, beginning at 1:00 p.m.