Wesley Edges Scranton in Teams' Season Opener

DOVER, Del. Sam Seibert recorded a career-high five points as the Wesley's men's lacrosse team was victorious over Scranton, 9-8, n the season opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon at Scott D. Miller Stadium.

A native of New Castle, Del., Seibert was one of two Wolverines (Mike Rakos) to notch a hat trick on the day while also dishing out a pair of assists. Jathan Mahaffey (2g), Drew Hammer (2a) and Jack Redefer (1g, 1a) also had multi-point efforts on the day as Sam Kennedy made a career-high 16 saves between the pipes.

The Royals got out to an early two-goal lead but a pair of Seibert goals sandwich another Scranton goal as Wesley trailed, 3-2, after one quarter of play. Seibert got his hat trick in a defensive-minded second quarter and the teams went into the half tied at three.

Wesley erupted out of the break, scoring four-straight goals to start the fourth quarter. Seibert found Mahaffey to start the run and Rakos scored twice with a Redefer tally in between. Scranton did bounce back, however, closing the third with a pair of goals and scoring the first in the final quarter to cut the deficit to 7-6 with just under 11 minutes left to play.

Rakos notched his hat trick just over four minutes later on an assist by Redefer, but the Royals came back with a pair of goals to tie the score with 31 ticks left. On the ensuing faceoff, Alex Linder won the ground ball and fed Mahaffey for the game-winning goal which came with eight seconds remaining.

Defensively, Jack O'Neill picked a game-high six ground balls while four different Wolverines caused turnovers.

Scranton was led by Anthony Lombardo's four points on two goals and two assists while Brian Quinn added a pair of goals and an assist. In goal, Nicholas McKaba stopped 20 of Wesley's 35 shots.

The Navy & White return to the pitch on February 26 when they host No. 9 Washington College for a 4:00 pm faceoff.

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DOVER, Del. University of Scranton scored twice in the late going to draw even, but Wesley College scored with just eight seconds remaining to stun the Royals, 9-8, in the season opener for both teams on Saturday at Miller Stadium.

The Royals (0-1) trailed 8-6 with a little more than two minutes remaining when junior attacker Anthony Lombardo (Mendham, N.J./Mendham) scored an unassisted goal with 2:09 to play to draw Scranton within one. Freshman attacker Brian Quinn (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) then tied it up when he scored his second goal of the game off an assist by Lombardo with just 31 seconds left in overtime.

But Wesley (1-0) stunned the Royals with a goal with just eight seconds remaining to earn the victory. It's Scranton's first loss in a season opener since 2009.

Lombardo finished with two goals and two assists, and Quinn with two goals and one assist in the loss. Senior midfielder John Gregitis (Wayne, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) had a goal and an assist, and the Royals also received a goal each from senior midfielder Mike Deliberti (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield-Ludlowe), senior attacker Gus Sturm (Devon, Pa./Conestoga) and freshman attacker Ryan Mygatt (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan). Junior attacker Will Mahle (Montgomery, N.J./Montgomery) also had an assist.

Sophomore goaltender Nicholas McKaba (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris) made 20 saves for the Royals, who had 29 shots to Wesley's 35. Scranton won 10 of 19 faceoffs, but six turnovers to just two for Wesley. The Royals had 44 ground balls, led by four each from Gregitis, Deliberti and junior midfielder Matt Finor (Churchville, Pa./Council Rock North).

Wesley received three goals apiece from sophomore attacker Mike Rakos (Brooklyn Park, Minn./Osseo) and sophomore midfielder Sam Seibert (New Castle, Del./William Penn). The Wolverines rallied from an early 3-1 hole to tie the game at 3 at halftime, and then took control by outscoring the Royals, 4-2, in the third period before Scranton rallied.

The Royals are back in action on Saturday, March 1, when they travel to Allentown, Pa. to take on Muhlenberg at 1:00 p.m.


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