WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Lycoming built a two-goal lead and held off a late comeback bid by The University of Scranton on Saturday to edge the Royals, 2-1 in a battle of regionally-ranked sides.
The Warriors, who are ranked fourth in the Mid-Atlantic Region and are receiving votes in the national top-25 poll, improve to 4-1-1 on the season. The Royals, ranked seventh in the region, are now 2-2-2 this year.
Justin Hammert (Archbald, Pa./Scranton Prep) scored off a Jon Roberts (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Immaculata-Somerville) assist to bring Scranton to within a goal with 5:08 left in regulation, but the Royals were unable to find an equalizing in the closing minutes of the match.
Lycoming took a 1-0 lead in the 37th minute by taking advantage of an indirect restart inside of Scranton's penalty box. The Warriors maintained the one-goal edge at halftime despite being outshot by Scranton, 7-6.
The Warriors added a much-needed insurance goal in the 74th minute by scoring off of another restart, this one served into the box from 45 yards where it was finished off by the hosts.
Hammert made things interesting by netting his second goal of the season in the 85th minute with Roberts adding his team-leading fifth assist of the season, but that would mark the end of the scoring for the afternoon.
Blake Hammert (Archbald, Pa./Scranton Prep) made four saves in net for the Royals, who outshot Lycoming 17-13 in the game.
The Warriors, who held a 4-3 edge in corner kicks, received 10 saves from Chris Solecki to escape with the victory.
Scranton opens Landmark Conference play next Saturday at Catholic. Kickoff between the Royals and Cardinals is set for 1 p.m. in Washington, D.C.