Nazareth College used a six-goal spurt, including four in the third period, to rally past The University of Scranton men’s lacrosse team, 9-5, at sun-drenched Fitzpatrick Field on Wednesday afternoon.
Junior attacker Taylor Nelson (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) led Scranton with three goals, all coming during a span of 2:24 in the first period to give the Royals a 3-1 lead with 4:05 to play in the period. Nelson now has a team-leading eight goals on the season.
But the Golden Flyers (2-1) ran off six straight goals to take control. They pulled even at halftime on a goal by senior attacker C.J. Estes (Medfield, Mass./Hebron Academy) with 4:10 to play in the first half. Nazareth then outscored Scranton, 4-0, in the third period, the final two goals coming from sophomore attacker Collin Clark (Austin, Texas/Anderson).
Scranton, which fell to 2-1, received fourth-period goals from senior attacker Daniel Slade (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) and sophomore midfielder Matt Tibbitts (West Hartford, Conn./Conard), the first goal of the season for both, but it wasn’t enough as the Golden Flyers added a pair of goals of their own.
Junior attacker Kyle Frank (Glen Arm, Md./Boys’ Latin), sophomore midfielder Mike Deliberti (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) and junior midfielder Dillon McInerney (Hawthorne, N.J./Bergen Catholic) had assists for Scranton.
Scranton outshot Nazareth, 26-22, and won the turnover battle, 17-14, but the Golden Flyers had a 37-23 advantage in ground balls and scored the only extra-man goal of the game. Scranton was 0-for-2 with a man advantage while Nazareth converted one of its five chances.
Estes led Nazareth with three goals and an assist while Clark finished with two goals and two assists.
Scranton returns to action on Saturday, March 17, when they face Lycoming in Baltimore, Md. Game time is set for 1 p.m.