Drew vs. Scranton
March 25, 2006
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The Game Story:
Drew men’s lacrosse picked up its first victory of the season with a solid win over Scranton, 13-8. Phil Rosenau led the way for the Rangers (1-4, 1-1 Freedom) with three goals and an assists while Tom Stitt had three goals and Dan Moffo had three assists. Michael Celentano made 13 saves in the net for Drew. Sean O’Connor had a goal and three assists for the Royals (0-6, 0-2)

The Rangers jumped out to a quick start, scoring the game’s first two goals. Dan Moffo took a pass from Phil Rosenau for the first in a well worked play and Gil Arbitsman returned to action with an unassisted tally after six minutes.

Scranton responded with two of their own to tie the game at the end of the first period. Matt Huber netted via a Sean O’Connor assist with six minutes left. The Rangers, who have been stung by late goals a number of times this season, gave up another as Edward Boate netted with one second left on the clock.

The Rangers rebuilt their two goal cushion in the second period as Sean McNulty scored an unassisted goal with a nice run from the center circle and Ryan Francus tacked on another with his second career goal after a rumbling through the Royal defense. Encouraged by the goals, the Rangers confidence grew and they added three more before allowing the Royals to respond. Tom Stitt had consecutive tallies five seconds apart beginning at the 1:45 mark both coming off nice feeds by Dan Moffo and Rob Budziszewski. Gil Arbitsman scored his second of the game with an acrobatic shot. But the Rangers were hit by late goals as Huber and Dan Stallone scored in the last minute of play to bring the game to 7-4 at the break.

The Rangers built upon the lead in the third quarter as Phil Rosenau scored three times in the period. Scranton scored twice with through Stallone and Brendan Clifford, but Rosenau’s three and another from Moffo made it 11-6 going into the fourth.

Scranton scored first in the fourth as Todd Cuccia got his first of the game, but Drew responded to the pressure and added two more goals in the next five minutes. Tom Stitt scored his third goal of the day and Josh Mirrer picked up a loose ball and fired into the net for a 13-7 lead. Scranton added a late goal through Sean O’Connor, who finished with four points on the day.

The Rangers get back into action on Wednesday at 7:00 in Madison against Widener.