W&J Drops Landmark Match to Scranton

WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Senior attacker Andrew Wallick (Canton, Ohio/North Canton Hoover) scored a game-high four goals; however, Washington & Jefferson ended up on the losing end of a 13-7 Landmark Conference men's lacrosse decision to Scranton on Saturday afternoon at Alexandre Stadium.

The game marked the Presidents' first-ever home Landmark Conference game at Alexandre Stadium. The defending conference champion Royals improved to 5-1 overall and 1-0 in the league, while W&J's record dropped to 1-7 overall and 0-2 in Landmark play.

Scranton led 2-0 after one quarter, but Wallick sliced the deficit in half just over four minutes into the second quarter. Daniel Slade scored back-to-back goals 2:32 apart for a 4-1 Royal lead, but Wallick again trimmed the lead in half with a goal at the 6:45 mark.

The Royals took control of the match with a three-goal run to end the second period. Taylor Nelson, Kyle Frank and John Gregitis scored during the spurt.

Mike Rufo pushed the Scranton lead to 8-2 midway through the third quarter before the Presidents clawed back into the game following late third period goals from junior attacker Joseph Eck (Boise, Idaho, Bishop Kelly) and Wallick.

Rufo, Slade and Nelson all found the back of the net in the first 6:22 of the fourth quarter to build the Royals lead to a match-high seven goals at 11-4. W&J rallied with three-straight goals, but Scranton's defense did not allow another tally, while the Royal offense added a pair.

The Royals, who were not penalized, used a commanding edges in shots (61-21), ground balls (55-27) and faceoffs (17-7). Scranton also scored on 2 of 4 extra-man chances. Nelson led the Royals with three goals and three assists, while Ben Worthington made six saves in goal.

Wallick paced the Presidents with four goals and one assist. Eck added two goals and one assist, while freshman attacker Tim Angell (Andover, Mass./Governor's Academy) scored W&J's final goal. Junior goalie Ran Kirby (Cleveland, Ohio/University School) kept the Presidents in the match by compiling 17 saves.

Washington & Jefferson heads to West Virginia on Wednesday for a 5:30 pm non-conference match with the Bethany Bison.

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WASHINGTON, Pa.-University of Scranton out-shot Washington & Jefferson by a wide margin and received three goals apiece from junior attackers Taylor Nelson (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) and Kyle Frank (Glen Arm, Md./Boys' Latin) and senior attacker Daniel Slade (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) to open Landmark Conference play with a 13-7 victory Saturday afternoon.

The win was the third straight for Scranton, now 5-1 overall and off to its best start since 2008.

The defending champion Royals, who held a commanding 61-21 advantage in shots and a 55-27 edge in ground balls, also received two goals and an assist from senior midfielder Mike Rufo (Broomall, Pa./Haverford School), a goal and an assist from sophomore midfielder John Gregitis (Wayne, Pa./St. Joseph's Preparatory), a goal from sophomore attacker Gus Sturm (Wayne, Pa./Conestoga), three assists from Nelson, and one assist each from Frank, Slade, and junior midfielder Dillon McInerney (Hawthorne, NJ/Bergen Catholic).

Scranton's starting defensive trio of senior John McShea (Stafford, Pa./St. Joseph's Preparatory), sophomore Ryan Saraceni (Lansdale, Pa./LaSalle), and freshman Pat Farrell (Jamison, Pa./St. Joseph's Preparatory) made things miserable for Washington & Jefferson, an affiliate member that is in its first year of competing in the Landmark Conference. Scranton held the Presidents scoreless in the first period and limited them to only nine shots in the first half to build up a 7-2 lead by intermission.

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