Mikrut’s Overtime Goal Delivers Men’s Lacrosse Past Marywood, 8-7

Senior midfielder Alec Mikrut scored in overtime on Wednesday night to lift the Royals to their sixth straight win.
Senior midfielder Alec Mikrut scored in overtime on Wednesday night to lift the Royals to their sixth straight win.
Alec Mikrut Brad Elkin Nicholas McKaba
Nicholas Swift Adam Drury Jack Kiess

Box score

Photo gallery (by Dan Ceccacci)

Senior midfielder Alec Mikrut (Belle Mead, N.J./Montgomery) delivered the perfect shot at the perfect moment, scoring with 1:04 remaining in overtime to lift The University of Scranton men's lacrosse team past crosstown rival Marywood, 8-7, on Wednesday evening at Fitzpatrick Field.

The Royals (6-1) won their sixth straight despite seeing a two-goal lead evaporate in the fourth period. But senior goalkeeper Nicholas McKaba (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris) came up with a clutch save at the end of regulation, the last of his eight saves in the game, and the defense forced a key turnover in overtime to set up Mikrut's game-winner.

Neither team led by more than two the entire night, including Scranton's 4-2 lead at halftime and a 7-5 lead with 10 minutes left in regulation. But Marywood (0-6) scored twice in the final 7:08 of the fourth period to force overtime, but the Pacers ultimately suffered their fourth straight one-goal defeat.

Six different players scored for Scranton, led by two goals from senior midfielder Brad Elkin (West Chester, Pa./Malvern Prep), who also assisted on Mikrut's game-winning goal. Mikrut finished with a goal and two assists, and senior midfielder Nicholas Swift (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) had a goal and an assist.

Senior attackman Andrew Marone (Morristown, N.J./Seton Hall Prep), senior midfielder Josh Kasman (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan), junior midfielder John Sheridan (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) and sophomore attackman Patrick O'Rourke (Floral Park, N.Y./Chaminade) each added a goal.

Scranton overcame 23 turnovers by completing 13 of 18 clear attempts while holding Marywood to 16-for-24 on clear attempts. Sophomore midfielder Adam Drury (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) was dominant in the faceoff circle, winning 14 of 17.

Drury and sophomore defender Kieran Pues (Long Beach, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) tied for the team lead with four ground balls each, and sophomore midfielder Jack Kiess (Mahwah, N.J./Mahwah) had a team-high three caused turnovers.

Scranton will open Landmark Conference play on Saturday, March 19, when the Royals travel to Madison, N.J. to take on Drew at 1 p.m.