Scranton Stuns 12th-Ranked Ithaca in Season Opener

SCRANTON, Pa. - The University of Scranton made sure that Tim Marshall's debut as head coach was a memorable one Tuesday afternoon at Fitzpatrick Field. The Royals broke open a close game by scoring the final seven goals to stun 12th-ranked Ithaca, 12-5.

Scranton, which posted its first win ever over the Bombers in five tries, received five goals from sophomore midfielder Mike Rufo (Broomall, Pa./Haverford School), three from junior attacker Robert Pantages (Roseland, N.J./West Essex), and one apiece from freshman attackers Taylor Nelson (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) and Oliver Nugent (Short Hills, N.J./Morristown Beard), junior attacker Sean Coleman (Philadelphia, Pa./Roman Catholic) and senior midfielder Doug Homan (Manasquan, N.J./Manasquan).

Ithaca, now 0-1, was led by senior attacker Nic Heckman (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) with two goals and sophomore attackers Tom Mongelli (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon), Andrew Bruce (Lafayette, Calif./De La Salle) and Devin Weinshank (Long Beach, N.Y./Long Beach) added one apiece.

Rufo took over after Nugent broke a 5-5 tie with a man-up goal with 1:43 remaining the third period to give Scranton the lead for good, 6-5, entering the final period of play. He scored three goals during a seven-minute span as the Royals broke the game wide open. Scranton held a 36-25 advantage in shot attempts, including a 15-5 margin in the fourth period.

The unsung hero for Scranton turned out to be junior captain Patrick Cefalu (East Islip, N.Y./East Islip), who won 15 of 18 face-offs to keep the Bombers on defense throughout much of the game. He also finished with a game-high 10 ground balls.

The Bombers took an early 2-0 lead in the first period behind goals by Heckman and Mongelli before Rufo scored a man-down goal, unassisted, and Coleman followed with an unassisted goal to tie the game at 2-2. Pantages then scored twice in the second period and Rufo added another as Scranton took a 5-4 lead by intermission.

The Bombers tied it up at 5-5 on an unassisted by Bruce before Nugent's man-up goal gave Scranton the lead for good on a play set up by junior attacker J.P. Barton (North Brunswick, N.J./St. Joseph Metuchen). Defensively, Scranton held Ithaca to only one goal in the second half and did not allow any in the final 18 minutes of play.

Junior goalie Jeremy Dowiak (Hackettstown, N.J./West Morris) finished with seven saves and Ithaca's Brendan Green (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon) had 10.

Marshall is serving on an interim basis as head coach this season after former coach Kevin Dugan resigned in January to accept the newly-created position of director of men's lacrosse operations at his alma mater, the University of Notre Dame. Marshall served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Royals the past two seasons.

Scranton will host Utica this Saturday, March 6, beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.

News & Notes: For the game, Scranton held a 16 for 20 advantage in face-offs ... the Royals also received an assist apiece from junior attacker Thomas Alati (Glen Ridge, N.J./Montclair Kimberly), sophomore defender Tim McMenamin (Spring Lake, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy), and sophomore midfielder Colin McPoyle (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks South) ... sophomore defender Owen Eastwood (Rumson, N.J./Rumson) had three of Scranton's nine caused turnovers ... Ithaca was 1 for 5 in extra-man opportunities and Scranton was 1 for 6.

Score by Periods    1    2    3    4    Total
#12 Ithaca (0-1) 2 2 1 0 5
Scranton (1-0) 2 3 1 6 12

Goals:
Ithaca-5 (Heckman-2, Mongelli-1, Bruce-1, Weinshank-1)
Scranton-12 (Rufo-5, Pantages-3, Nelson-1, Coleman-1, Nugent-1, Homan-1)

Assists:
Ithaca-2 (Heckman-2, Lucas-1)
Scranton-4 (Alati-1, McMenamin-1, Barton-1, McPoyle-1)

Saves:
Ithaca-11 (Green-10, 11 goals allowed, 55:25; Robinson-1, 1 goal allowed, 4:35)
Scranton-7 (Dowiak-7, 5 goals allowed, 60:00)

2010-03-02



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