Scranton Knocked off by Goucher in Overtime

SCRANTON, Pa.-Scranton committed two costly errors late in the fourth period en route to a 7-6 loss in overtime to defending champion Goucher in the battle for the top seed for the upcoming Landmark Conference postseason tournament.

Sophomore attacker Sam Morgan (Wilmot, NH/Kearsarge Regional) scored the game-winner on a play set up by senior midfielder Zachary Fratella (Wilmington, Del./Brandywise) with 1:37 left in the overtime period as the Gophers locked up the number one seed and improved to 7-7 overall and 5-0 in the conference.

Goucher, which trailed 5-3 after the third period and 6-5 late in the fourth, received two goals apiece from Fratella and Morgan and junior midfielder Steve Patterson (Minneapolis, Minn./Blake School), freshman attacker Owen Demmerly (Medford, NJ/Shawnee), and junior attacker Max Roach (Austin, Texas/Austin) contributed one apiece.

Scranton, which fell to 8-6 overall and 4-1 in the Landmark, was led by senior attacker Taylor Nelson (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) with two goals and an assist and sophomore attacker Will Mahle (Montgomery, NJ/Montgomery) chipped in two goals. The Royals also received a goal apiece from senior midfielder Dillon McInerney (Hawthorne, NJ/Bergen Catholic) and junior midfielder John Gregitis (Wayne, Pa./St. Joseph's Preparatory) and an assist from sophomore defender Ryan Millard (Long Valley, NJ/West Morris Central).

Hanging on to a one-goal lead in the final three minutes of regulation, the Royals came up with a ground ball and a successful clear after Goucher's Mike Russo (Frederick, Md./St. John's Catholic Preparatory) hit the post on a shot attempt that would have tied the game. Scranton, however, turned it over less than 30 seconds later, then committed a violation that resulted in an extra-man opportunity for the Gophers with 1:27 remaining.

Patterson tied it up with 1 minute remaining on a play set up by junior attacker Dylan Zook (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley), his second assist of the game.

The Royals won the face-off to open the extra stanza, but Goucher senior goalkeeper Connor Mishaw (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) made a save on a shot attempt by Royal freshman midfielder Alec Mikrut (Belle Mead, NJ/Montgomery). The Gophers cleared the ball successfully to set up Morgan's game-winning goal.

Mikshaw finished with 10 saves for Goucher while Scranton senior goalkeeper Ben Worthington (Jenkintown, Pa./Archbishop Wood) was brilliant in defeat, finishing with a season-high 15 saves, including eight in the first half as the teams battled to a 2-2 tie by intermission.

Regardless of the outcome of next Saturday's Landmark Conference regular-season finale at Catholic University, the Royals are now the number two seed and will host the number three seed in semifinal action on Wednesday, May 1, at Fitzpatrick Field.

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SCRANTON, Pa. -- A goal by Sam Morgan (Wilmot, N.H./Kearsarge Regional) 2:23 into overtime not only provided Goucher with a 7-6 victory over Scranton this afternoon, it also allowed the Gophers to clinch the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Landmark Conference postseason tournament.

The Gophers (7-7, 5-0 Landmark) wouldn't have even made it to OT had they not shut out the Royals after Taylor Nelson tallied an unassisted goal to put the home team up 6-4 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter. Dylan Zook (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) set up both goals Goucher scored downed the stretch to wipe out the two-goal deficit, including the one by Steve Patterson (Minneapolis, Minn./Blake School) with exactly 1:00 remaining in regulation that created a 6-all tie.

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