Men's Lacrosse Clamps Down On Goucher In 8-4 Victory

Junior Conor Carey had a team-high five ground balls and tied for the team lead with two caused turnovers on Saturday.
Junior Conor Carey had a team-high five ground balls and tied for the team lead with two caused turnovers on Saturday.
Connor
Kirkwood
Jake
Haimson
John
Sheridan
Matt
Carfaro
Adam
Drury
Alex
Malecki


Box score

The University of Scranton men's lacrosse team used a dominant second-half performance, particularly on defense, to post an 8-4 victory over Goucher in the Landmark Conference opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon at Fitzpatrick Field.

The Royals (4-2, 1-0 Landmark) trailed at halftime, 3-2, but outscored the Gophers (3-6, 0-1 Landmark) 6-1 in the second half, including 2-0 in the all-important fourth period.

Freshman attackman Connor Kirkwood (Millburn, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) led Scranton with three goals while senior attackmen Jake Haimson (Montville, N.J./Montville) and John Sheridan (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) had two goals each. Junior attackman Matt Carfaro (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris) continued his strong play with a goal and four assists.

After trailing at halftime, Sheridan and Carfaro combined to give the Royals the lead early in the third period. Sheridan scored back-to-back goals 49 seconds apart, both on assists from Carfaro, for a 4-3 lead with 9:34 left in the period. Kirkwood scored a minute later and Carfaro tallied with five minutes left in the period to complete a four-goal run for a 6-3 lead.

Goucher scored with 3:55 left in the third, but the Royals pitched a shutout over the final 18:55. Senior goalkeeper Alex Malecki (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) finished with seven saves, six of which came in the second half.

Junior faceoff man Adam Drury (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) won 10 of 12 faceoffs to help the Royals control possession. Junior midfielder Conor Carey (Long Beach, N.Y./Chaminade) had a team-high five ground balls and sophomore defenseman Kasey Carroll (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) added four. They both also had two turnovers apiece to lead the team.

On offense, the Royals also received assists from junior midfielder Brendan McLaughlin (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City), freshman midfielder Michael Elefonte (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) and sophomore attackman Casey Green (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius).

Scranton held a 39-19 edge in shots and 31-28 in ground balls. The Royals also forced 13 turnovers while committing 11 and were a perfect 13-for-13 on clear attempts.

The Royals will be back in action on Tuesday, March 28, when they host SUNY Potsdam in a non-conference matchup at 4 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.

--ROYALS--