Late Flurry Lifts Scranton Past Marywood

Scranton scored three goals late in the fourth period to turn a tie game into an 8-5 victory over Marywood on Tuesday night at Fitzpatrick Field.

The Royals (3-2) received a goal and two assists from senior midfielder John Gregitis (Wayne, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep), and two goals apiece from senior midfielder Matt Tibbitts (West Hartford, Conn./Conard) and freshman attacker Brian Quinn (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh).

With the score tied at 5 midway through the fourth period, the Royals went on the attack and Gregitis ame through with his second goal of the game and eighth of the season with 6:35 to play. Just less than three minutes later, sophomore midfielder Alec Mikrut (Belle Mead, N.J./Montgomery) scored for a two-goal lead, and Quinn added the final insurance goal 40 seconds later to seal the deal.

Scranton also received a first-period goal from junior midfielder Michael Bernier (Wayne, Pa./Malvern Prep), and assists from Mikrut and sophomore attacker Andrew Marone (Morristown, N.J./Seton Hall Prep).

Sophomore goalkeeper Nicholas McKaba (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris) made seven saves in the victory, senior defenseman Ryan Saraceni (Lansdale, Pa./LaSalle) forced three turnovers and had four ground balls, and junior midfielder Matt Finor (Churchville, Pa./Council Rock South) won 14 of 17 faceoffs to help the Royals stay on the attack most of the night.

The Royals held a 35-22 edge in shots, including 12-3 in the fourth period. They committed 16 turnovers, compared to 17 for Marywood (2-4).

The game was originally scheduled for Wednesday evening, but was moved up one day due to the forecast for inclement weather tomorrow.

Scranton returns to action on Friday, March 14, when it opens Landmark Conference play by hosting Catholic at 7:00 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.

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