It has been six years since The University of Scranton men's lacrosse team captured its first and only Landmark Conference championship. On Wednesday, the Royals will begin their postseason quest as the no. 4 seed, visiting top-seeded Elizabethtown for a Landmark semifinal at 4 p.m.
The Royals (8-6) earned their way into the postseason by finishing 3-3 in Landmark Conference play. They clinched a spot with a thrilling 7-6 victory at Susquehanna on Saturday, April 22, rallying from 4-1 and 5-2 deficits to pull out the victory.
Elizabethtown (12-3) went a perfect 6-0 in conference play and clinched the top seed with a 10-8 win over Catholic on Saturday, April 29.
Admission to Wednesday's game at Elizabethtown is free for all students, faculty and staff with Royal ID. Admission for all others is $5 for adults (ages 18-61), $3 for seniors (ages 62 and older) and students (ages 11-17), and children 10 and younger are admitted free of charge.
In the regular season meeting between the Royals and Blue Jays on Thursday, April 13, at Fitzpatrick Field, Elizabethtown pulled out a 8-7 victory. Scranton fell behind right away as Elizabethtown scored three times in the opening nine minutes and took a 4-0 lead into halftime.
But the Royals rallied, going on a 6-2 run to tie the game at 6 early in the fourth period. The Blue Jays answered with two goals midway through the period before Scranton got within one with a little less than three minutes to play. But the Royals could not score the tying goal in the closing minutes.
Scranton is led by junior attackman Matt Carfaro (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris), who has 15 goals and 13 assists for 28 points in just eight games. He missed six of seven games before returning this past Saturday to score three goals and add an assist in a 13-3 win over Washington & Jefferson at Fitzpatrick Field.
Junior midfielder Conor Carey (Long Beach, N.Y./Chaminade) is second on the team in points with 25 (16 goals, nine assists) and is second on the team in ground balls with 48. Fellow junior midfielder Adam Drury (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) leads the team with 59 ground balls and has a faceoff percentage of .719 (161-for-224).
The Royals have two conference titles since the program was founded in 1987. They won the Landmark Conference crown in 2011 (more on that later this morning) and the Hudson League championship in 1995.
Live stats and video for Wednesday's semifinal are available online at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/etown/. The winner advances to Saturday's championship game at a time to be determined at the site of the highest remaining seed. Second-seeded Catholic (13-2, 5-1) hosts third-seeded Drew (8-6, 4-2) on Wednesday at 7 p.m.