F&M Finishes Strong, Snaps Royals' Winning Streak

SCRANTON, Pa.-Franklin & Marshall scored three times in the final seven minutes of play to pull away for a 13-7 victory over Scranton in non-conference lacrosse action Wednesday evening at Fitzpatrick Field.

Junior midfielder Chad Gamble (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) and senior midfielder Jamie McCulloch (Ossining, NY/Ossining) scored three goals apiece and senior attacker Billy Kempner (Seaford, NY/Seaford) finished with two goals and two assists as the Diplomats improved to 9-3.

Scranton, which had a 3-game winning streak snapped to fall to 8-5, was led by sophomore forward Alec Mikrut (Belle Mead, NJ/Montgomery) with five goals and senior attacker Gus Sturm (Devon, Pa./Conestoga) and freshman attacker Ryan Mygatt (Bridgewater, NJ/Bridgewater-Raritan) chipped in one apiece.

F&M held the Royals to two goals in the first half and led 10-5 with 12:56 remaining before Mikrut scored back-to-back goals within a 38-second span to make things interesting.

The Diplomats, however, controlled the action from that point forward, beginning with an unassisted goal by junior attacker Will Ballantyne (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) with 7:01 left and ending with goals by sophomore midfielder Tommy Wenk (Manhasset, NY/Manhasset) and McCulloch with 2:57 and 2:15 remaining, respectively.

F&M out-shot the Royals, 40-32, and held a 29-22 advantage in ground balls, but the Diplomats kept Scranton in the game by committing eight penalties, two of which the Royals converted into goals.

Senior goalkeeper Cameron Setian (Williamsburg, Va./Walsingham Academy) finished with 11 saves for F&M while Scranton's Nicholas McKaba (Long Valley, NJ/West Morris) was credited with 10.

Mikrut's five goals tonight were the most by a Scranton player this year and the most by Royal since Dillon McInerney scored six against Farmingdale St. on February 23, 2013.

The Royals will close out a four-game home stand this Saturday, April 12, against the Merchant Marine Academy beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.

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SCRANTON, Pa. Chad Gamble and Jamie McCulloch tallied three goals apiece to lead Franklin & Marshall to a 13-7 victory over Scranton in men's lacrosse action Wednesday evening. The Diplomat improved to 9-3 while the Royals dropped to 8-5 this season.

Evan Bakst found John Barney five minutes into the game to give F&M the early lead and Michael Bossidy found McCulloch three minutes later to make it 2-0 at 7:01 in the first. Alec Mikrut put the first points on the board for the hosts before F&M scored two straight. Gamble struck unassisted at 5:51 and Bakst connected with Billy Kempner at 3:44 to make it 4-1. Mikrut struck again for the Royals with just 20 seconds left in the second quarter to make it 4-2 at the break.

Gamble netted a goal in the opening minute of the third quarter and Ryan Mygatt scored for Scranton to bring the Royals within two, 5-3, at 8:16. Kempner answered for F&M when he buried a pass from Barney and assisted McCulloch under a minute later. Scranton scored twice in the final five minutes of the third with Bakst getting one through in between to make it 8-5 at the end of the third.

Chad and Philip Gamble scored almost a minute apart early in the fourth and the Royals answered with two of their own to come within three, 10-7, at 9:20. The Diplomats countered with three unanswered to close out the game. Will Ballantyne picked up the first score followed Tommy Wenk and McCulloch put the last through at 2:15.

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