Scranton Crushes Penn State-Abington

SCRANTON, Pa.-In a span of four days, University of Scranton junior midfielder Patrick Cefalu (East Islip, N.Y./East Islip) has tied and now broken the NCAA Division III record for the fastest goal to start a game.

In today's 18-1 victory over Penn State-Abington at Fitzpatrick Field, Cefalu won the opening face-off and fired a shot past Nittany Lion goalie Dominic Colarusso (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) for a goal as only five seconds ticked off the clock.

In Wednesday's 16-3 win over Moravian, Cefalu scored a goal scored six seconds into the game to tie the former mark held by Messiah's Kevin Dennstaedt against Scranton, coincidentally, on April 11, 2001, at Fitzpatrick Field and by Matt Ramacca of Farmingdale State against Montclair St. on April 24, 2004.

Cefalu's goal set the tone for the Royals, who dominated from start to finish. Midfielder Doug Homan (Manasquan, N.J./Manasquan), the lone senior on the Scranton roster who was honored before the game, scored three first-half goals as the Royals built up a 9-1 lead by intermission.

Scranton, which improved to 6-8, also received two goals apiece from junior attackers Sean Coleman (Philadelphia, Pa./Roman Catholic) and Robert Pantages (Roseland, N.J./West Essex) and Cefalu and a goal and two assists from sophomore midfielder Mike Rufo (Broomall, Pa./Haverford School) and freshman attacker Oliver Nugent (Short Hills, N.J./Morristown Beard).

Scranton held a 65-11 advantage in shots and a 58-25 margin in ground balls. The Royals also won 17 of 22 face-off attempts to keep the Nittany Lions' on defense throughout much of the day.

Colarusso finished with a game-high 19 saves and the Nittany Lions avoided the shutout on an unassisted goal by freshman attacker Brian Schwitters (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) with 4:56 remaining in the second period.

With Susquehanna's 8-7 upset of Drew University today, the Royals enter their Landmark Conference season finale against Catholic University next Saturday, May 1, in a three-way tie for fourth place in the battle for the final berth. The Royals-Cardinal game next Saturday will begin at 3:00 p.m.


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