SELINSGROVE, Pa. – For the second straight game, The University of Scranton men's lacrosse team used a big second half to post a win as the Royals toppled Susquehanna in Saturday's Landmark Conference opener for both teams, 15-7, after outscoring the River Hawks 12-2 in the final 30 minutes of play.
Scranton (5-4, 1-0 Landmark), who outscored Misericordia 7-2 in the second half of Wednesday's non-conference victory in Dallas, outscored Susquehanna (4-6, 0-1 Landmark) 7-0 in the third quarter as part of run of 11 straight goals for Royals that saw the visitors flip a 5-3 halftime deficit into a 14-5 lead with 5:24 remaining in regulation.
Junior Michael Elefonte (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) had a huge game for Scranton, posting a career-high six points on three goals and three assists while picking up four groundballs.
Scranton led 2-1 at the end of the first quarter, but Susquehanna netted four of the five markers in the second period to hold a 5-3 lead at halftime.
The Royals erupted after the break, tallying all seven goals in the third quarter to hold 10-5 advantage heading into the final 15 minutes of play. Scranton then put the game out of reach with the first four goals of the fourth stanza before the River Hawks sandwiched a pair of markers around the visitor's final tally to wrap up the scoring.
Scranton received two-point efforts from freshmen Cole Lukasiewicz (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) (1 goal, 1 assist) and Mike Bouhall (Lynbrook, N.Y./Lynbrook) along with junior Joe Hill (South Hempstead, N.Y./South Side) (2 assists).
Juniors Connor Kirkwood (Millburn, N.J./St Peter's Prep), Quinn Killeen (Berkeley Heights, N.J./New Providence), Brett Krause (Bridgewater, N.J./St. Joseph's Metuchen), and sophomore Jalen Holmes (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) also had goals for the Royals in the win.
Sophomore Collin Purdy (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) led all players with 11 faceoff wins and eight groundballs while Bouhall added a pair of caused turnovers.
Sophomore Shayne Fallon (West Deptford, N.J./West Deptford) finished the day with nine saves to post his third win of the season in the Royals' cage.
Scranton held a 50-29 advantage in shots for the game along with a 42-30 lead in the groundball battle. The visitors were efficient on clears, going 16-for-17 on clearing attempts while converting 2-of-6 extra man opportunities.
The Royals forced Susquehanna into 20 turnovers while giving the ball away just 12 times themselves while the River Hawks held a narrow, 13-12 edge in faceoff wins.
Scranton will visit Cortland on Wednesday evening for a non-conference game starting at 6:30 p.m.