|Jake Haimson||John Sheridan||Nicholas McKaba|
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Junior Jake Haimson (Montville, NJ/Montville) scored four goals, as the University of Scranton men's lacrosse scored four unanswered goals in the final period to clinch their first win of the 2016 season at Muhlenberg on Saturday, 11-8.
With the victory, Scranton moved to an even 1-1 on the year, while Muhlenberg fell to 0-2 with the defeat.
The Royals got off to a quick start in the first period, scoring six times to take an early 6-3 lead.
Senior Brad Elkin (West Chester, Pa./Malvern Preparatory) got the scoring started early in the period with his second goal of the year on an assist from junior John Sheridan (Ridgewood, NJ/Ridgewood).
This was followed by a score by fellow senior Nicholas Swift (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Plymouth Whitemarsh) that gave Scranton an early 2-1 edge. Haimson was credited with an assist on Swift's score.
After another Muhlenberg goal knotted the match up at two, Sheridan scored his first goal of the season off an assist from senior Nick Mullery (Clark, NJ/Arthur L. Johnson) to give the Royals the lead back at 3-2.
Then, Haimson took over, scoring three unanswered goals in a row over a four minute span to give Scranton a 6-2 lead with 1:22 left in the period. Two of the goals were assisted, as Elkin and freshman Matt Haemmerle (Hillsdale, N.J./Bergen Catholic) were credited on the scores.
Muhlenberg finally struck back with a goal late in the period, as Scranton went into the second period up by three at 6-3. There, sophomore Conor Carey (Long Beach, NY/Chaminade) quickly put the Royals back up by four with his first goal of the season to make it a 7-3 match.
Here, Muhlenberg began to chip away at the Scranton lead, scoring the final two goals of the first half to make it a 7-5 match in favor of Scranton at halftime.
In the third period, Muhlenberg continued to roll, scoring three more goals, while keeping the Royals off the board to go into the fourth up 8-7 on Scranton.
But, in the final period, the Royals fought back to take the match.
First, Sheridan got Scranton back in the scoring column with a goal with 9:17 left in regulation to tie the match back up at 8-8.
Then, Haemmerle came up big for Scranton, scoring the eventual game-winning goal with 8:15 left, then the go-ahead goal with 7:36 to go, putting the Royals up 10-8. Mullery picked up his second assist of the day on Haemmerle's second goal of the final period, as well.
Haimson capped off his big day with what turned out to be the game's final goal with 4:15 left, sealing the three-score win for Scranton in the process.
Overall, Scranton ended the match outshooting Muhlenberg by a 42-29 margin and held a 33-27 edge on ground balls. Individually, Drury ended the match with nine ground balls and was successful on 16-of-21 faceoff attempts in the contest.
In between the pipes, Scranton senior goalie Nicholas McKaba (Long Valley, NJ/West Morris) earned the victory after making 12 saves on the afternoon.
The University of Scranton men's lacrosse team returns to action on Wednesday, as they travel to DeSales. Things get underway at 4 p.m.