Kirkwood Records 100th Career Point as Men’s Lacrosse Drops Overtime Heartbreaker to Stockton

Junior Connor Kirkwood became just the 23rd player in Scranton history to reach the 100-point milestone on Saturday against Stockton. © Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty / doubleeaglephotography.com
Junior Connor Kirkwood became just the 23rd player in Scranton history to reach the 100-point milestone on Saturday against Stockton. © Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty / doubleeaglephotography.com
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Junior Connor Kirkwood (Millburn, N.J./St Peter's Prep) recorded his 100th career point on Saturday, but visiting Stockton, who is currently receiving votes in the national top-20 poll, rallied with five unanswered goals stun The University of Scranton in overtime, 17-16, in non-conference men's lacrosse action at Weiss Field.

The Royals (5-6) held a 16-12 lead in the fourth quarter on Saturday, but the Ospreys (8-2) scored four goals in the final 4:27 – including two in the final 28 seconds – to force overtime.  Stockton netted the game-winner with 1:17 remaining in the first sudden death period to complete the comeback victory.

Kirkwood became just the 23rd player in Scranton history to reach the 100-point plateau with a goal at the 10:26 mark of the fourth quarter.  Kirkwood finished the day with five points, tying with freshman Cole Lukasiewicz (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) for the team-lead as both players registered three goals and two assists.

Sophomore Collin Purdy (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) had a huge game for the Royals, winning 27 of his 37 face-offs while picking up 20 groundballs. 

Scranton held a 5-4 lead at the end of the first quarter on Saturday afternoon, but Stockton outscored the hosts 4-2 in the second period to hold an 8-7 edge at halftime.

The two teams traded goals early in the third quarter before Scranton, which was trailing 10-8, scored seven straight goals to open up a 15-10 advantage with 10:26 remaining on Kirkwood's milestone goal.

Stockton snapped the Royals' run with a pair of goals to make it 15-12 with 6:16 remaining, but senior Tim Dolan (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) put the hosts lead back to four goals at the 5:32 mark.

A pair of goals brought the Ospreys to within two at 16-14 with 2:24 left on the clock.  The visitors then made it a one-goal game with 28 seconds left, but Scranton won the ensuing faceoff.  However, the Royals committed one of their 23 turnovers on the day, giving the ball back to Stockton in its defensive end.

A long pass by the visitors up the field fell in front of Scranton's cage, where Luc Swedlund found it and scored to force overtime with just 2.5 seconds remaining.

In overtime, Swedlund netted the game-winner with his sixth goal of the game which came just seconds after Scranton successfully thwarted an extra-man opportunity to complete the comeback for Stockton.

Sophomore Shayne Fallon (West Deptford, N.J./West Deptford) took the hard-luck loss after making 15 saves in the game.

Dolan (3 goals, 1 assist) and junior Michael Elefonte (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) (2 goals, 2 assists) turned in four-point efforts for Scranton in the loss while fellow junior Joe Hill (South Hempstead, N.Y./South Side) scored a pair of goals.

Sophomore Daniel Mallay (South Hempstead, N.Y./South Side) chipped in with a goal and an assist while junior Quinn Killeen (Berkeley Heights, N.J./New Providence) and freshman Steve Apicella (Stony Point, N.Y./North Rockland) also scored in the loss.

Stockton outshot Scranton by a 47-39 margin while the Royals held a 41-35 edge in the groundball battle.  The Ospreys went 24-for-29 on clears and were 3-for-4 on man-up changes while the Royals went 11-for-18 on clears and were 2-for-3 with the extra-man.

The Ospreys committed just 12 turnovers on the day compared to Scranton's 23.

The Royals return to action on Monday when they travel to Morrisville St. for their non-conference game of the regular season starting at 4 p.m.

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