Men's Lacrosse Thumps Morrisville State, 15-7, On Wednesday

The Royals scored eight straight goals to open the game on Wednesday against Morrisville State.
The Royals scored eight straight goals to open the game on Wednesday against Morrisville State.

Box score

The University of Scranton men's lacrosse team scored the first eight goals en route to a dominant 15-7 win over Morrisville State in a game played in steady snow on Wednesday afternoon at Fitzpatrick Field.

The Royals (6-3) led 11-2 midway through the third period and 13-4 at the end of three while improving to 3-1 at home this season.

Sophomore midfielder Michael Elefonte (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) finished with a career-high six points on three goals and three assists. Sophomore attackman Connor Kirkwood (Millburn, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) scored four goals, giving him a team-high 22 this season, and his 26 points are one behind Elefonte's team-high 27.

Scranton also got three goals from sophomore midfielder Quinn Killeen (Berkeley Heights, N.J./New Providence) and two goals and two assists from junior attackman Tim Dolan (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City). Senior attackman Matt Carfaro (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris) and sophomore midfielder Joe Hill (South Hempstead, N.Y./South Side) both had a goal and an assist.

Junior midfielder Adam Maiale (Blue Bell, Pa./La Salle College H.S.) had a goal, and sophomore midfielder Alexander Dadourian (Summit, N.J./Summit), freshman midfielder Daniel Mallay (South Hempstead, N.Y./South Side), sophomore attackman Mike Modesti (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) and freshman attackman Brian Dignen (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) all had one assist.

Senior goalkeeper Jeffrey Sabatini (Haddonfield, N.J./Haddonfield) made seven saves in the first 49:19 to pick up the win between the pipes. Maiale had a team-high four caused turnovers while sophomore defenseman Gordon Paul (Ocean, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) had three of his own. Paul had a team-high eight ground balls while freshman midfielder Collin Purdy (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) scooped up six while going 9-for-13 in the faceoff circle.

The Royals had a commanding 48-29 edge in shots and led the ground ball battle, 46-33. Scranton won 16 of 26 faceoffs and was 18-for-23 in clear attempts. The Royals committed 16 turnovers, their third-lowest total of the season.

Morrisville State (0-5) committed 24 turnovers and was 16-for-24 in clear attempts. The Mustangs had the only power play opportunities in the game, going 1-for-4 with the extra-man advantage.

The Royals will be back in action on Wednesday, March 21, when they host Misericordia at 5 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.