Scranton Loses Low-Scoring Affair to Goucher

TOWSON, Md.-The University of Scranton suffered another frustrating loss Saturday, dropping a 4-3 decision to Goucher College in Landmark Conference action. The Royals have now lost three conference games by a total of three goals, with two of those losses coming in the final seconds of play.

With two conference games remaining, Scranton, now 4-8 overall and 1-3 in the Landmark, finds itself in must-win situations against Moravian College (Wednesday, April 21) and Catholic University (Saturday, May 1) in order to qualify for the Landmark tournament for the third straight year.

Freshman goalie Ben Worthington (Jenkintown, Pa./Archbishop Wood) highlighted a solid defensive effort by the Royals with 10 saves. Scranton held the Gophers, now 9-3 overall and 3-0 in the Landmark Conference, scoreless in the second half after trailing 4-2 at intermission. The Royals also successfully killed all seven extra-man opportunities by Goucher.

Senior midfielder Jacob Fratella (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) scored twice during a seven-minute span that crossed the first and second period as the Gophers went on a 3-0 run after Royal junior attacker J.P. Barton (North Brunswick, N.J./St. Joseph Metuchen) scored an unassisted goal with 8:37 left in the first period to give Scranton a 1-0 lead.

The Royals cut the lead down to one twice more, on a goal by senior midfielder Doug Homan (Manasquan, N.J./Manasquan) off of a play set up by junior midfielder Sean Milde (Succasunna, N.J./Roxbury) with 8:41 left before halftime and on an unassisted goal by freshman attacker Taylor Nelson (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) with 8:54 remaining in the third period.

Worthington made eight of his 10 saves in the second half as the Royals held the Gophers without a goal on 17 shot attempts.

For the game, Goucher held a 31-27 advantage in shots and a 31-29 edge in ground balls.


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