Scranton Falls to Catholic in Landmark Season Finale

SCRANTON, Pa-The University of Scranton dropped a 7-3 decision to Catholic University in its Landmark Conference season finale Saturday afternoon at Fitzpatrick Field.

With the loss, the Royals will miss the Landmark Conference tournament for the first time in three seasons and will end its year with a 6-9 overall record and 2-4 mark in the league.

Catholic took the lead for good when sophomore attacker Jimmy Bitonti (Potomac, Md./Good Counsel) scored an unassisted goal to break the 2-2 deadlock with 3:12 remaining the third quarter.

The Cardinals would add three more in the fourth quarter, with senior midfielder Jimmy Sinnott (Blue Bell, Pa./LaSalle) scoring at both the 10:22 mark and the 4:50 mark.

After Scranton's sophomore attacker Daniel Slade (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) cut the lead to 5-3 on a man-up opportunity off an assist from freshman attacker Oliver Nugent (Short Hills, N.J./Morristown Beard) with 2:13 remaining, Catholic rounded out their scoring with an unassisted goal by junior midfielder Pat Duffner (Yardley, Pa./Notre Dame) with 1:04 left.

Sophomore attacker Mark Saxton (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) closed out the game by scoring on an open net with 0:03 remaining off an assist from sophomore midfielder Tyler Catalani (Frederick, Md./St. John's Md). Sinnott's second goal was assisted on by Catalani.

After falling behind 1-0 early in the game on an unassisted goal from sophomore midfielder Chris Fucillo (Patchogue, N.Y./St. John the Baptist) the Royals took the lead on back-to-back goals from junior attacker Thomas Alati (Montclair, N.J./Montclair Kimberly), unassisted, and junior attacker JP Barton (North Brunswick, N.J./St. Joseph Metuchen) off an assist from sophomore midfielder Mike Rufo (Broomall, Pa./Haverford School) at 1:40.

But senior midfielder Mike Scotto (Spring Lake, N.J./Saint Rose) equalized for the Cardinals just 12 seconds later, firing low past freshman goalkeeper Ben Worthington (Jenkintown, Pa./Archbishop Wood), who finished the day with 10 saves. Catholic goalkeeper Sean McKenna (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) did his part as well, finishing with 13 saves.

Scranton, usually dominant in possession, was forced to play more minutes on defense thanks in part to Cardinal sophomore midfielder Tom Scotto (Spring Lake, N.J./Saint Rose), who won 10 of 13 face-offs.

Junior Andrew Eastwood (Rumson, N.J./Rumson) finished with eight ground balls for the Royals.

With the victory, Catholic moves to 11-3 overall and 4-2 in the Landmark Conference and will face Drew University in the first round of the Landmark Conference tournament this Wednesday in Madison, New Jersey.


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