Top-Ranked Cortland Pitches Second-Half Shutout vs. Scranton

The Royals survived a 40-18 onslaught in shot attempts, thanks largely to the play of senior goalkeeper Ben Worthington (Jenkintown, Pa./Archbishop Wood), who finished with a game-high 12 saves. Scranton also offset Cortland's hefty advantage in shots by winning the ground ball battle, 32-23, including a 20-11 margin in the first half when it found itself down by only 5-3 at intermission.

In addition, Royal sophomore Matt Finor (Churchville, Pa./Council Rock South) more than held his own, winning eight of 15 face-offs to help keep Scranton on the offensive end of the field. He, along with Tibbits, senior long-stick midfielder Tim Cleary (Shrewsbury, NJ/Christian Brothers Academy), and sophomore defender Colin Panayi (Bedminster, NJ/Bernards) combined for 17 of the Royals' 32 ground balls.

Both of Scranton's first-period goals came within 32 seconds of each other. Tibbits tallied his third goal of the season off an assist from junior midfielder John Gregitis (Wayne, Pa./St. Joseph's Preparatory) and Mikrut added his third goal of the year after taking a pass from senior attacker Taylor Nelson (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) and finding the back of the net with 13:02 left.

Cortland then ripped off four straight goals during a five-minute span to take the lead for good before McInerney answered with his team-leading eighth goal of the season to make it a one-goal game with 7:47 left before halftime. The Royals, however, were held scoreless the rest of the way.

The Scarlet Dragons, the 2012 NCAA runner-up, put it out of reach on goals by sophomore Billy Davis (Manhasset, NY/Manhassett), Hopps, and sophomore midfielder Matt Rakoczy (Clifton Park, NY/Albany Academy) during a three-minute span of the fourth period.

Scranton will return to action this Saturday, March 9, against Lycoming College in a game to be played at Malvern Preparatory School in Malvern, Pennsylvania, at 2:30 p.m.

News & Notes: Today's game was the first meeting ever between Scranton and Cortland St ... Nelson is now two points shy of becoming the 21st player in Scranton history to record 100 points in a career ... Cleary is now tied for seventh place on the Royals' all-time list for most ground balls (126).

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