Scranton Puts the Clamps on W&J in Landmark Action

SCRANTON, Pa. - Scranton put the clamps down defensively en route to an 11-4 victory over Washington & Jefferson in its Landmark Conference season opener Saturday afternoon at Fitzpatrick Field.

The Royals won their third straight game to improve to 4-3 overall and 1-0 in the conference by holding the Presidents scoreless in the second and third periods to pull away from a 4-3 halftime lead. The loss dropped Washington & Jefferson to 3-5 overall and 0-2 in the Landmark.

Senior attacker Kevin Brier (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West), senior defender Tim Cleary (Shrewbury, NJ/Christian Brothers Academy), and sophomore attacker Will Mahle (Montgomery, NJ/Montgomery) led a balanced Scranton attack with two goals apiece and senior midfielder Dillon McInerney (Hawthorne, NJ/Bergen Catholic) and senior attacker Taylor Nelson (Chester Spring, Pa./Downingtown East) each had a goal and two assists.

Senior midfielder Tom Starr (Lorrain, Ohio/Friends Academy-Md.) led the Presidents with two goals and sophomore attacker Tim Angell (Andover, Mass./Governor's Academy) and senior attacker Joseph Eck (Boise, Idaho/Bishop Kelly) contributed one apiece.

Scranton, which held a 32-24 advantage in shots and which won 12 of 18 face-offs, pulled away in the second half by limiting the Presidents to just two shot attempts in the third period and seven in the fourth.

Washington & Jefferson did manage to cut the Royals' lead down to two, 6-4, on a man-up goal by Angell early in the fourth period, before freshman Alex Mikrut (Belle Meade, NJ/Montgomery) and Nelson answered moments later to give Scranton a four-goal cushion with nearly 11 minutes left to play. The Royals then scored three straight goals-one each by Cleary, Brier, and junior attacker Joe Johnson (Annapolis, Md./Gonzaga)-in the final nine minutes to close out the scoring.

Scranton also received a goal and an assist from junior midfielder Matt Tibbetts (West Hartford, Conn./Conard) and senior goalkeeper Ben Worthington (Jenkintown, Pa./Archbishop Wood) finished with 11 saves, the sixth time this season he has made 10-or-more saves in a game. Sophomore Conor Crowe (King of Prussia, Pa./Upper Merion) stopped 15 shots for Washington & Jefferson.

The Royals will return to Landmark Conference action this Thursday, March 28, against Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

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SCRANTON, Pa. -- Washington & Jefferson scored the first two goals, but Scranton stormed back to earn an 11-4 Landmark Conference men's lacrosse victory on Saturday at Fitzpatrick Field.

The Presidents (3-5, 0-2 Landmark) got on the scoreboard 26 seconds in when senior midfielder Tom Starr (Lorrain, Ohio/Friends Academy, Md.) scored an unassisted goal. W&J added another goal midway through the half when senior attacker Joseph Eck (Boise, Idaho/Bishop Kelly) fired home a shot off a pass from sophomore attacker Tim Angell (Andover, Mass./Governor's Academy).

The Royals (4-3, 1-0) scored twice to tie the game, but Starr struck again 21 seconds before the first quarter ended for a 3-2 Presidents' advantage.

Scranton dominated the second and third quarters; however, outshooting W&J by a 16-7 margin and scoring the only four goals to claim a 6-3 lead heading into the final 15 minutes. Dillon McInerney tallied the final goal of the spurt and added a pair of assists.

Angell netted an extra-man goal 31 seconds into the fourth quarter to bring the deficit back to two goals, but Scranton tacked on four goals during a stretch of just under four minutes to take control of the match.

The Royals finished with a 32-24 shot advantage and a 12-6 edge in faceoffs. Ben Worthington recorded 11 saves in the goal.

Sophomore goalie Conor Crowe (King of Prussia, Pa./Upper Merion) totaled 15 saves for the Presidents, who will look to snap a four-match losing streak on Wednesday night when hosting Catholic (6:00 pm) for a conference game.


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