Strong Second Half Propels Men’s Lacrosse Past Kean, 9-8

Senior midfielder Alec Mikrut had two goals and two assists against Kean on Wednesday night.
Senior midfielder Alec Mikrut had two goals and two assists against Kean on Wednesday night.
Alec Mikrut Matt Carfaro
Andrew Marone Nicholas McKaba

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Photo gallery (by Dan Ceccacci)

The University of Scranton men's lacrosse team rallied from a three-goal halftime deficit by playing a solid second half on both ends of the field in a 9-8 victory over Kean on Wednesday night at Fitzpatrick Field.

The Royals (8-2) trailed at halftime, 6-3, but ran off six straight goals to start the second half. They held a seemingly comfortable 9-6 lead with a minute left, but the Cougars scored twice in six seconds to pull within one and then won the ensuing faceoff, but the Royals hung on in the final seconds.

Senior midfielder Alec Mikrut (Belle Mead, N.J./Montgomery) led Scranton with two goals and two assists. He scored 57 seconds before halftime to pull the Royals within three at the break, then scored with 4:06 left in the game for an 8-6 edge. His two assists also came in the second half.

Sophomore attackman Matt Carfaro (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris) scored twice and had an assist, all in the second half. He scored the tying goal late in the third quarter, then put the Royals ahead, 7-6, with 4:52 remaining.

Senior attackman Andrew Marone (Morristown, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) also had a pair of goals for the Royals, who also received a goal and two assists from senior midfielder Nick Mullery (Clark, N.J./Arthur L. Johnson) and a goal apiece from junior attackman Jake Haimson (Montville, N.J./Montville) and junior midfielder John Sheridan (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood).

Kean had a 41-34 edge in shots, but Royals senior goalkeeper Nicholas McKaba (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris) made a season-high 14 saves, including five in the fourth period, and also had nine ground balls. The Royals also forced 10 turnovers while committing 13 of their own.

Junior midfielder Adam Drury (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) went 11-for-18 in the faceoff circle and added five ground balls. Senior midfielder Brad Elkin (West Chester, Pa./Malvern Prep) finished with five ground balls and two assists, and Marone also had four ground balls.

The Royals will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to Baltimore, Md. to take on Goucher in a Landmark Conference matchup at 1 p.m.