Senior attackman Jake Haimson (Montville, N.J./Montville) and junior midfielder Conor Carey (Long Beach, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) combined for six goals and three assists to lead The University of Scranton men's lacrosse team to a 13-7 victory over SUNY-Potsdam at rainy Fitzpatrick Field on Tuesday.
Haimson finished with three goals and two assists, and Carey had three goals and an assist as Scranton (5-2) pushed its winning to four. Freshman midfielder Peter Roche (Chester, N.J./Mendham) added two goals and two assists, and senior midfielder William Joyce (Bethesda, Md./St. John's) scored twice.
The Royals led 3-2 after the opening period, then took control by outscoring SUNY Potsdam (1-3) in the second period, 4-1. Scranton kept the pressure on with six second-half goals as the Bears got no closer than four after halftime.
Senior goalkeeper Alex Malecki (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) finished with a career-high 11 saves, including seven in the second half. Junior midfielder Adam Drury (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) won 17 of 23 faceoffs, including all six in that key second period. He also had a team-high eight ground balls while Carey had six.
Senior defenseman Sean Ebert (Woolwich Township, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) had a strong game on defense, finishing with two caused turnovers and helping to slow a SUNY Potsdam attack that entered averaging 10.7 goals per game.
Scranton held a 49-25 edge in shots and a commanding 51-30 advantage in ground balls. Both teams were 17-for-19 on clear attempts.
Senior attackman John Sheridan (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood), freshman attackman Connor Kirkwood (Millburn, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) and freshman midfielder Kieran Fallon (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) each scored a goal. Senior midfielder Brian Smith (Montville, N.J./Montville Township) added an assist, as well.
The Royals return to action on Saturday when they travel to Washington, D.C. to take on Catholic in a Landmark Conference matchup at 1 p.m.