Scranton Edges Lycoming in Game at St. Paul's

BALTIMORE Senior midfielder Mike Rufo (Broomall, Pa./Haverford School) and junior Dillon McInerney (Hawthorne, NJ /Bergen Catholic) combined to score six goals and register two assists, but it was the man-down defensive unit that pushed Scranton past Lycoming, 11-9, Saturday afternoon at a neutral contest in Baltimore, Md.

The Royals (3-1) outshot Lycoming (2-4), 37-35, and surrendered five less turnovers than their Pennsylvanian opponent. Scranton held its own at the faceoff x, going 11 for 22 on the afternoon, and managed to outshoot Lycoming, 37-35.

Between the pipes, junior goalie Ben Worthington (Jenkintown, Pa./Archbishop Wood) picked up six saves in the two-point win. and accounted for a team-high seven ground balls. With the W, Worthington moves to 3-1 on the young season while his counterpart, Andrew Hauck, falls to 2-4.

Matt Lurie opened up the scoring for the Warriors, netting the team's second shot of the game off a pass from Stephen Romano. Lycoming would go up 2-0 on a man-up situation at the 10:45 mark in the first period.

Nearly one minute later, Taylor Nelson (Chester Springs, Pa/Downington East) setup senior attackman Daniel Slade (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) for the team's first goal, and to cut the lead to one for Scranton.

Down 3-2 early in the second frame, Rufo picked up his first goal of the contest on a high-to-low shot from the top of the crease. Both sides would go on to exchange goals, while Rufo picked up his second right before the intermission, to level the count, 5-5.

Rufo's third goal came in the third when the Royals faced a one-point deficit. But it was on the opposite end of the field when the most plays were made. Switching to a zone formation on defense late in the second half, Scranton killed off a series of man-down situations, shutting out Lycoming 0-4 on the man advantage.

McInnery would put Scranton up 8-7 early in the fourth frame with his third goal of the afternoon right before Nelson gave the Royals their biggest lead of the game, two, with a tally 3 minutes into the period.

Lycoming would cut the lead to 10-9, but that is as close as they would get, as junior Kyle Frank (Glen Arm, Md./Boys' Latin) tacked on another score with less than three minutes to go for the 11-9 win.

Scranton returns to action Wednesday, March 21 at home against Centenary (NJ) College. Faceoff is scheduled at 3:30 pm

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BROOKLANDVILLE, Md. Sophomore Brett Farrell (Webster, N.Y./Webster Schroeder) scored a season-high four goals, but Lycoming fell victim to four fourth-quarter goals by defending Landmark champion Scranton, and the Royals edged the Warriors, 11-9, on a sunny Saturday, March 17, in non-conference action at the St. Paul's School for Boys.

A pair of goals just 50 seconds apart in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter helped Scranton (4-1 overall) take a 9-7 lead. The Warriors (2-4 overall) scored two goals to come within a point, with senior Ben Walker (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) scoring with 8:17 left and junior Stephen Romano (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) found Farrell for a goal with 2:21 left, but the Royals answered each time, with Kyle Frank assisting on a goal with 6:46 left before scoring with 1:05 left to ice the win.

Lycoming jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first half of the first quarter, with junior Tom Lurie (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) denting the twine first before sophomore Matt McCaffer (Marcellus, N.Y./Marcellus) scored. Farrell added his first tally with 8:09 left to match a Scranton goal scored a minute earlier.

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