DALLAS, Pa. – The University of Scranton outscored host Misericordia 7-2 in the second half of Wednesday evening's non-conference men's lacrosse game to post a 15-12 victory over the Cougars. The Royals leveled their record at 4-4 on the season heading into Saturday's Landmark Conference opener.
Junior Michael Elefonte (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) matched a career-high with five goals while freshman Cole Lukasiewicz (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) also had five points for a new career-high, netting four goals to go along with an assist to power Scranton's attack.
Junior Connor Kirkwood (Millburn, N.J./St Peter's Prep) added four points on a goal and three helpers, senior Tim Dolan (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) scored twice and added an assist, and junior Quinn Killeen (Berkeley Heights, N.J./New Providence) contributed a goal and an assist.
Scranton scored first on Tuesday, but Misericordia (3-2) countered with five of the next six goals to hold a 5-2 advantage with 6:24 remaining in the opening quarter. The Royals cut their deficit to two goals two minutes later as the Cougars would hold the 5-3
Misericordia pushed their lead back to three goals by scoring one minute into the second quarter, but Scranton rallied five of the next six goals take an 8-7 edge with 8:20 left in the stanza. The Cougars answered back with three tallies in the final five minutes of the frame to take a 10-8 lead into halftime.
Misericordia struck first in the third quarter to go back in front by three goals, but Scranton rallied with five unanswered goals to end the period and take a 13-11 lead into the final 15 minutes of regulation.
In the final quarter, the Royals sandwiched a pair of goals around one for the Cougars to secure the three-goal victory.
Sophomores Jalen Holmes (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) and Collin Purdy (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) had a goal apiece for Scranton with Purdy leading all players with 18 face-off wins and six groundballs.
Sophomore Shayne Fallon (West Deptford, N.J./West Deptford) made nine saves in goal to pick the win
Scranton outshot Misericordia by a 54-33 margin for the game and held a 38-33 advantage in groundballs. The Royals converted three of their five extra-man opportunities while limited the Cougars to just one goal in seven man-up chances.
The visitors, who also held an 18-11 lead in face-off wins, went 17-for-20 on clearing attempts and were plus-four (15-19) in turnovers for the contest.
Scranton opens Landmark Conference play on Saturday at Susquehanna with the opening face-off between the Royals and River Hawks set for 1 p.m. in Selinsgrove, Pa.