WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The University of Scranton men's lacrosse team scored a pair of goals late in the fourth period to put the brakes on a Lycoming comeback en route to a 10-8 victory over the Warriors on Saturday afternoon.
The Royals (4-2) took a 7-2 lead midway through the third quarter on a goal by sophomore midfielder Kieran Fallon (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial). But Lycoming (2-2) scored five of the next six goals to pull within 8-7 with 8:49 left.
But Fallon scored again with 5:19 to play and sophomore attackman Tim Dolan (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) scored with 2:23 left to push the Royals' lead to 10-7. Lycoming scored with 1:11 left, but the Royals won the faceoff and were able to run out the clock.
Senior midfielder Conor Carey (Long Beach, N.Y./Chaminade) led the Scranton attack with three goals and an assist, all in the first half. Fallon, Dolan and sophomore midfielder Michael Elefonte (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) each scored twice, and sophomore attackman Connor Kirkwood (Millburn, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) added a goal.
Freshman midfielder Collin Purdy (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) had a strong game in the faceoff circle, going 10-for-13 and scooping up a team-high six ground balls. Sophomore midfielder Alexander Dadourian (Summit, N.J./Summit) added five ground balls. Kirkwood and senior midfielder Jack Kiess (Glen Rock, N.J./Ramapo) tied for the team lead in caused turnovers with two each.
Senior goalkeeper Jeffrey Sabatini (Haddonfield, N.J./Haddonfield) made 10 saves between the pipes, including four in the first period.
Scranton held a 45-24 edge in shots and a 34-20 advantage in ground balls. The Royals were 8-for-11 in clear attempts and committed just 13 turnovers, but went 0-for-6 in man-up opportunities.
Lycoming was 9-for-16 in clear attempts and committed 17 turnovers. The Warriors were 0-for-3 in extra-man opportunities.
The Royals are back in action on Wednesday, March 7, when they go on the road to face King's at 4 p.m. in Wilkes-Barre Township, Pa.