SEWANEE, Tenn. – The University of Scranton men's lacrosse team came up just short in a non-conference game at Sewanee on Sunday as the Tigers prevailed for a 9-8 victory in contest that saw neither team lead by more than two goals.
Sewanee leveled its record at 3-3 on the season while Scranton slipped to 2-4 on the year after suffering its fourth straight setback. Two of the Royals losses during the skid have been by a single goal.
Junior Connor Kirkwood (Millburn, N.J./St Peter's Prep) totaled a game-high four points for Scranton by scoring three goals and assisting on another while senior Tim Dolan (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) also recorded a hat trick in the loss.
Sophomore goalkeeper Shayne Fallon (West Deptford, N.J./West Deptford) tied a career-high with 14 saves on the day for the Royals.
Scranton led 2-1 at the end of Sunday's opening quarter, but three straight Sewanee goals to open the second quarter gave the hosts a 4-2 lead. Kirkwood netted his second goal of the contest with 1:07 remaining in the stanza to cut the Royals deficit to 4-3 at halftime.
Scranton scored three of the first four goals of the third quarter to claim a 6-5 edge, but two goals in the final 3:17 of the frame gave Sewanee a 7-6 edge entering the final 15 minutes of play.
Dolan completed his hat trick at the 11:34 mark of the fourth stanza to level the score at 7-apiece, but back-to-back goals by the Tigers gave the hosts a 9-7 cushion with 8:09 remaining. Junior Michael Elefonte (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) scored just over a minute later to pull Scranton back to within a goal, but the Royals were unable to find the equalizer in the final seven minutes of the contest.
Sophomore Jalen Holmes (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) had a goal and an assist while junior Quinn Killeen (Berkeley Heights, N.J./New Providence) dished out two assists for the Royals in the setback.
Junior Alexander Dadourian (Summit, N.J./Summit) scooped up a team-leading seven groundballs for Scranton in the contest.
Sewanee held a 50-41 advantage in shots for the game and claimed a slim, 30-28 edge groundballs on the day.
Face-offs proved to be a big advantage for the Tigers, who won 15 of the game's 21 draws.
The Royals, who went 3-for-4 on extra-man opportunities, went 20-for-25 on clears and were plus-four (19-23) in the turnover category.
Scranton will return to action next Saturday when they face Plattsburgh at Half Hollow Hills East High School in Dix Hills, N.Y. Opening draw of the neutral site contest between the Royals and Cardinals is set for 1:00 p.m.