Scranton vs. Drew
March 31, 2007
The Game Story:
Drew University scored four goals in the final nine minutes of play to outlast The University of Scranton, 15-13, in Middle Atlantic Conference action Saturday afternoon at Fitzpatrick Field, in Scranton. Senior attacker Tom Stitt, Jr. scored four of his game-high seven goals in the second-half as the Rangers overcame a 7-6 halftime deficit to improve to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the MAC. Drew also received three goals from sophomore midfielder Sean and two goals and four assists from senior midfielder Gil Arbitsman.

Senior midfielder Dan Stallone led the Royals, now 3-4 overall and 1-2 in league play, with four goals, freshman attacker Phil Lindner contributed three goals, and sophomore midfielder Brendan Clifford finished with two goals and three assists.

From the onset, the game turned into a possession-by-possession affair. There were eight ties and three lead changes before the Rangers took the lead for good on an unassisted goal by Arbitsman with 6:47 left in the fourth period. Drew extended its lead to 14-12 on a goal by Stitt off an assist by Arbitsman before the Royals made it a one-possession game on a goal by sophomore attacker Thomas Kornobis off a feed from Clifford with 3:01 remaining.

Scranton had an opportunity to tie the game with less than two minutes remaining. After a timeout, Clifford was stripped of the ball by Ranger sophomore defender Michael DeGiovanni who also came up with a ground ball and Drew was able to clear the ball out of its own end. Senior midfielder Josh Mirrer then fired a shot past Royal goalie Thomas Davis for a goal with 1:20 remaining to set the final score.

Sophomore midfielder Jon Dowiak won 18 of 32 face-offs, including the first two of the third period that helped set up goals by Stitt and McNulty that wiped away Scranton’s one-goal halftime lead. Drew built up two two-goal leads in the third period before Stallone answered with back-to-back goals on assists by senior defender Brad Baer and Clifford in less than a two-minute span to knot it up at 10-10. Stitt then scored off of a feed by freshman midfielder Mike Sayers to regain the lead for the Rangers, 11-10, entering the fourth quarter. The game was tied twice midway through the final stanza before Arbitsman put Drew ahead for good with less than seven minutes left.

The Royals jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a man-up goal by sophomore attacker Nick Youngstrom off an assist by senior attacker Edward Boate and unassisted goal by Lindner in the first six minutes of the first period. Stitt scored two goals and McNulty and Arbitsman added one each as the Rangers took a 4-2 lead entering the second period.

Lindner scored two goals and senior attacker Sean O’Connor, junior midfielder Joe McDevitt and Stallone added one apiece as the Royals scored five times to retake the lead, 7-6, by intermission. Davis finished with a game-high nine saves in goal for Scranton while sophomore Michael Celantano made eight for the Rangers.

For Stitt, the seven goal outburst was even more special in that he hit the century mark of 100 career goals.

-Game Recap Courtesy of Scranton Sports Information.

Score by Periods 1 2 3 4 Total
Drew (3-4/2-2 MAC) 4 2 5 4 15
Scranton (3-4/1-2 MAC) 2 5 3 3 13

Goals: Drew-15 (Stitt-7, McNulty-3, Arbitsman-2, Helly-1, Bucknam-1, Mirrer-1)
Scranton-13 (Stallone-4, Lindner-3, Clifford-2, Kornobis-1, O’Connor-1, McDevitt-1, Youngstrom-1)
Assists: Drew-9 (Arbitsman-4, Sayers-2, Bucziszewski-1, Helly-1, Monroe-1)
Scranton-6 (Clifford-3, Baer-1, Boate-1, Kornobis-1)
Saves: Drew-8 (Celentano-8, 13 goals allowed, 60:00)
Scranton-9 (Davis-9, 15 goals allowed; 58:59; Dineen-0, 0 goals allowed, 1:01)