Messiah vs. Scranton
March 27, 2007
The Game Story:
Men�s Lacrosse: ROYAL THREE-GAME WINNING STREAK SNAPPED WITH 13-6 LOSS AT MESSIAH TUESDAY AFTERNOON; YOUNGSTROM LEADS SCRANTON WITH TWO GOALS AND AN ASSIST AND DAVIS MAKES 11 SAVES IN GOAL

GRANTHAM, Pa.�The University of Scranton had a three-game winning streak snapped with a 13-6 loss to Messiah College in Middle Atlantic Conference action Tuesday afternoon.

Sophomore attacker Nick Ricucci (Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley) scored a game-high five goals and junior attacker Alex Finch (Finksburg, Md./Westminister) added four, including three in the second-half as the Falcons broke away from a 6-3 halftime lead to improve to 2-3 overall and 2-0 in the MAC.

Sophomore attacker Nick Youngstrom (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) scored two goals and assisted on another and senior midfielder Dan Stallone (South Plainfield, N.J./St. Joseph Metuchen) and sophomore midfielder Thomas Kornobis (Merrick, N.Y./W.C. Mepham) each had a goal and an assist for the Royals, now 3-3 overall and 1-1 in league play.

Scranton, which was out-shot by a 37-23 margin, also received a goal apiece from senior attackers Edward Boate (Media, Pa./Penncrest) and Sean O�Connor (Media, Pa./Penncrest).

Finch took control of the game by scoring three goals within an eight-minute span of the third period and Ricucci added another with 36 seconds remaining in the period to give Messiah a 10-5 lead entering the final 15 minutes of play. Ricucci opened the final stanza with a goal off an assist by senior midfielder Adam Myers (Fallston, Md./Fallston) to extend the Falcons� lead to six, 11-5, with 14:07 left. Myers answered less than a minute later with a goal off an assist by freshman Brent Stewart (Silver Spring, Md./Paintbranch) to dash any hopes of a Scranton rally.

Senior goalkeeper Thomas Davis (Media, Pa./Penncrest) made 11 saves for the Royals while Messiah�s Ted Oberg (Lancaster, Pa./Susquehannock) was credited with nine in nearly 58 minutes of action.

The Royals will host the Rangers of Drew University in Middle Atlantic Conference action this Saturday, March 31, beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.

Score by Periods 1 2 3 4 Total
Scranton (3-3/1-1 MAC) 1 2 2 1 6
Messiah (2-3/2-0 MAC) 3 3 4 3 13

Goals: Scranton-6 (Youngstrom-2, Stallone-1, Kornobis-1, Boate-1, O�Connor-1)
Messiah-13 (Ricucci-5, Finch-4, Myers-2, Lee-1, Ziegler-1)
Assists: Scranton-5 (Clifford-1, Joyce-1, Kornobis-1, Stallone-1, Youngstrom-1)
Messiah-11 (Sandusky-3, Collins-2, Finch-2, Merena-1, Myers-1, Stewart-1, Windon-1)
Saves: Scranton-11 (Davis-11, 13 goals allowed, 60:00)
Messiah-9 (Oberg-9, 6 goals allowed, 57:58; Latimer-0, 0 goals allowed, 2:02)