Marone Leads Royals Past Drew in Landmark Action

SCRANTON, Pa.-Sophomore attacker Andrew Marone (Morristown, NJ/Seton Hall Preparatory) owns family bragging rights after leading Scranton to a 14-2 victory over Drew in Landmark Conference action Saturday afternoon at Fitzpatrick Field.

Playing against his older brother, Ranger senior attacker Mike Marone (Morristown, NJ/Delbarton), the younger Marone finished with a career-high four goals and an assists to help the Royals win their third straight game to improve to 8-4 overall and remain unbeaten in Landmark Conference with a 3-0 mark.

Scranton also received three goals and an assist from sophomore midfielder Alec Mikrut (Belle Mead, NJ/Montgomery), two goals from senior attacker Gus Sturm (Devon, Pa./Conestoga), a goal and two assists from junior Will Mahle (Montgomery, NJ/Montgomery), and a goal and an assist from sophomore midfielder Anthony Lombardo (Mendham, NJ/Mendham).

Drew, now 3-7 overall and 1-3 in the Landmark, received a goal apiece from Marone and senior attacker Andrew Somps (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme).

Marone scored in the first period as the Royals open up a 2-1 lead, then added a pair during a two-minute span late in the second period Scranton broke it open with six goals to build up an 8-1 halftime lead.

The Royals dominated the game in nearly every statistical category, winning 13 of 19 face-off-including 13 of 18 by junior Matt Finor (Churchville, Pa./Council Rock South)-out-shooting the Rangers 34-13, and holding a 48-32 advantage in ground balls.

Scranton also received a goal apiece from senior midfielder Matt Tibbitts (West Hartford, Conn./Conard), freshman attacker Brian Quinn (Wantagh, NY/Wantagh), and sophomore attacker Andrew Callaghan (Maplewood, NJ/St. Peter's Preparatory) and two assists from senior John Gregitis (Wayne, Pa./St. Joseph's Preparatory).

Defensively, the Royal backline of senior Ryan Saraceni (Lansdale, Pa./LaSalle) and juniors Colin Panayi (Bedminister, NJ/Bernards) and Ryan Millard (Long Valley, NJ/West Morris Central) allowed the Rangers only five shots on goal, three of which were saves by Scranton junior goalkeeper Nicholas McKaba (Long Valley, NJ/West Morris).

The Royals will return to action Wednesday, April 9, against Franklin & Marshall College beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.


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