HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. – The University of Scranton men's lacrosse team rallied twice in the second half against Hampden-Sydney on Monday evening, but could not get over the hump in an eventual 10-8 loss at Hellmuth-Gibson Field.
Scranton (5-3) scored three straight goals to tie the game at 6 early in the fourth period. But Hampden-Sydney (5-2) responded with three straight goals of its own to take a 9-6 lead with 8:11 left.
But the Royals weren't finished, taking advantage of two penalties on the Tigers with 4:44 left. Sophomore attackman Connor Kirkwood (Millburn, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) scored twice on the man-up unit to pull Scranton within 9-8 with 3:43 left.
But Hampden-Sydney's goalkeeper made three saves in the final 1:43 and the Tigers added an insurance goal with 51 seconds remaining.
Kirkwood and senior midfielder Conor Carey (Long Beach, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) led the Royals' attack with two goals and an assist each. Junior attackman Tim Dolan (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) and sophomore midfielder Joe Hill (South Hempstead, N.Y./South Side) both had a goal and an assist.
Scranton also received goals from sophomore midfielder Quinn Killeen (Berkeley Heights, N.J./New Providence) and freshman defender Brian Murphy (West Chester, Pa./Salesianum Boys H.S.). Sophomore midfielder Michael Elefonte (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) also added an assist.
Elefonte and Hill led the team with three ground balls each.
Hampden-Sydney held a narrow 43-37 edge in shots in the fast-paced game. The Tigers also had a slim 12-10 edge in faceoffs won, but dominated the ground ball battle, 32-18.
The Royals were 2-for-3 in man-up situations and completed 20 of 26 clear attempts while Hampden-Sydney was just 18 of 26 in clear attempts.
The men's lacrosse team will be back in action on Wednesday when they host Morrisville State at 4 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.