The bad news for The University of Scranton men's lacrosse team is that they'll need to win a pair of road games this week to capture the Landmark Conference championship. The good news is the Royals already have a win over their opponent in Wednesday afternoon's semifinal.
The fourth-seeded Royals (10-6, 4-2 Landmark) will visit top-seeded Susquehanna (11-6, 5-1) on Wednesday at 4 p.m. The winner advances to Saturday's championship game at the site of the highest remaining seed.
Scranton defeated Susquehanna just 11 days ago, posting a 9-8 victory over the River Hawks at Fitzpatrick Field. The Royals overcame a 6-4 halftime deficit by holding Susquehanna to just two second-half goals, both in the fourth period.
Freshman attackman Brian Dignen (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) scored the game-winning goal with 5:50 to play and the Scranton defense pitched a shutout over the final 9:19. Freshman midfielder Daniel Mallay (South Hempstead, N.Y./South Side) led the Scranton attack with two goals and an assist.
Scranton is making its eighth straight Landmark Conference playoff appearance and 10th in the conference's 11-year existence. The Royals won the title in 2011 and reached the title game in 2009 and 2015.
All Landmark Conference students and staff are admitted free of charge. Admission for adults is $5, and non-Landmark students and seniors are $3. Children 10 and younger are admitted free of charge.
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