|John McShea||Pat Farrell||Ryan Saraceni|
WASHINGTON, Pa.—The University of Scranton men’s lacrosse team out-shot Washington & Jefferson by a wide margin and received three goals apiece from junior attackers Taylor Nelson (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) and Kyle Frank (Glen Arm, Md./Boys’ Latin) and senior attacker Daniel Slade (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) to open Landmark Conference play with a 13-7 victory Saturday afternoon.
The win was the third straight for Scranton, now 5-1 overall and off to its best start since 2008.
The defending champion Royals, who held a commanding 61-21 advantage in shots and a 55-27 edge in ground balls, also received two goals and an assist from senior midfielder Mike Rufo (Broomall, Pa./Haverford School), a goal and an assist from sophomore midfielder John Gregitis (Wayne, Pa./St. Joseph’s Preparatory), a goal from sophomore attacker Gus Sturm (Wayne, Pa./Conestoga), three assists from Nelson, and one assist each from Frank, Slade, and junior midfielder Dillon McInerney (Hawthorne, NJ/Bergen Catholic).
Scranton’s starting defensive trio of senior John McShea (Stafford, Pa./St. Joseph’s Preparatory), sophomore Ryan Saraceni (Lansdale, Pa./LaSalle), and freshman Pat Farrell (Jamison, Pa./St. Joseph’s Preparatory) made things miserable for Washington & Jefferson, an affiliate member that is in its first year of competing in the Landmark Conference. Scranton held the Presidents scoreless in the first period and limited them to only nine shots in the first half to build up a 7-2 lead by intermission.
After the Presidents cut the lead to 8-4 in the third period, the Royals opened up the final 15 minutes of play with goals by Rufo, Slade, and Nelson to take firm command of the game.
Junior goalkeeper Ben Worthington (Jenkintown, Pa./Archbishop Wood) finished with six saves for Scranton, which will return to Landmark Conference action next Saturday, March 31, against Drew University at Fitzpatrick Field beginning at 1:00 p.m. Freshman Matt Finor (Churchville, Pa./Council Rock South) dominated the face-offs for Scranton, winning 17 of the 24 he attempted (70.8 percent).
Washington & Jefferson, now 1-7 overall and 0-2 in the conference, was led by senior attacker Andrew Wallick (Canton, Ohio/North Canton Hoover) with four goals and an assist and junior attacker Joseph Eck (Boise, Idaho/Bishop Kelly) finished with two goals and an assist.