Youngstrom Leads Scranton Past Moravian

SCRANTON, Pa.-Senior attacker Nick Youngstrom (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) scored four of his game-high five goals in the first period to spark The University of Scranton past Moravian College, 11-4, in Landmark Conference action Wednesday evening at Fitzpatrick Field.

The Royals jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first period and led 7-2 at intermission en route to their second straight victory and fifth in their last six games to improve to 6-5 overall and 3-1 in the conference.

Moravian, which received two goals from sophomore attacker David Bennett (Easton, Pa./Easton) and one each from sophomore attacker Christopher Mohapp (Jamison, Pa./Central Bucks South) and senior attacker Jason Tosches (West Windsor, N.J./West Windsor-Plainsboro South), fell to 4-9 overall and 1-4 in the Landmark Conference.

The Greyhounds did manage to cut Scranton's lead to four, 7-3, on a goal by Bennett on a play set up by sophomore midfielder Robert Devine (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) with 12:01 left in the third period. Scranton then scored three straight goals-one each by sophomore attacker Kyle Frank (Glen Arm, Md./Boys' Latin), sophomore midfielder Christian Dugan (Avon, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy), and Youngstrom-during a six-minute span that straddled the third and fourth period to put the game out of reach.

Scranton out-shot the Greyhounds, 52-29, but Moravian stayed in contention behind a 19-save effort from senior goalie Benjamin Larson (Dover, Del./Dover). Royal sophomore goalie Jeremy Dowiak (Hackettstown, N.J./West Morris) stopped 10 shots.

Scranton also won 14 of 19 face-off attempts to keep the Greyhounds on defense throughout much of the game. Sophomore midfielder Patrick Cefalu (East Islip, N.Y./East Islip) paced the Royals by winning 9 of 12 face-off attempts while fellow sophomore Brendan Gray (Stamford, Conn./Westhill) was 5 of 7. Scranton also got a solid defensive effort from sophomore Chris Sullivan (New Vernon, N.J./Seton Hall Preparatory) and freshman Owen Eastwood (Rumson, N.J./Rumson), each of whom was credited with causing three turnovers apiece.

Freshman attacker Brett Greer (Morton, Pa./Ridley) had three assists for Scranton, which converted three of six extra-man opportunities into goals.

Youngstrom's five goals this evening moves him into 15th-place on the Royals' all-time list with 67. He is also 19th all-time in total points with 95 (67 goals, 28 assists).

The Royals will take on Catholic University in Landmark Conference action this Saturday, April 18, in Washington, D.C., beginning at 3:30 p.m.


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