MONTCLAIR, N.J. – Sophomore Connor Kirkwood (Millburn, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) set a new University of Scranton men's lacrosse record for goals in a single season on Saturday night, but the Royals lost at Montclair State, 11-10, on Saturday night to complete their regular season.
Kirkwood scored three times to give him 45 goals for the season, surpassing the previous record of 44, set by Greg O'Neill in 1998 and matched by Joe Empirio in 1999.
The Royals finish the regular season with a 10-7 overall mark. They went 4-2 in Landmark Conference play, finishing in a three-way tie for second. Due to the conference tiebreaker rules, the Royals received the fourth seed in next week's Landmark Conference playoffs and will visit top-seeded Susquehanna for a semifinal game on Wednesday, May 2, at 4 p.m. The Royals defeated the River Hawks, 9-8, on Saturday, April 21, at Fitzpatrick Field.
On Saturday night, the Royals held a 5-3 lead at halftime and had an 8-5 edge early in the fourth period when the game was halted due to lightning. After the contest resumed, the Red Hawks found their scoring touch, using a five-goal run to take control at 11-9 with 4:22 left. The Royals scored with 1:02 to play, but could not come up with the equalizer.
Senior midfielder Conor Carey (Long Beach, N.Y./Chaminade) added two goals and an assist. Senior attackman Matt Carfaro (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris) and freshman midfielder Jalen Holmes (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater) both had two goals, and freshman midfielder Daniel Mallay (South Hempstead, N.Y./South Side) had a goal.
Sophomore attackman Quinn Killeen (Berkeley Heights, N.J./New Providence) had two assists, and junior attackman Tim Dolan (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) and sophomore midfielder Joe Hill (South Hempstead, N.Y./South Side) had one assist apiece.
Carey led the team with seven ground balls while sophomore midfielder Alexander Dadourian (Summit, N.J./Summit) had four ground balls and two caused turnovers. Junior midfielder Adam Maiale (Blue Bell, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.) also had two ground balls.
Scranton held a slim 33-30 edge in shots and won 17 of 24 faceoffs. The Royals completed 10 of 11 clear attempts and committed 16 turnovers. They were 0-for-4 in man-up situations.
Montclair State (8-6) won the ground ball battle, 27-24. The Red Hawks were 11-for-17 in clear attempts and committed 15 turnovers. They went 2-for-6 in man-up situations.