Scranton vs. Drew
March 31, 2012
|Dillon Mcinerney||(4, 0)|
|Taylor Nelson||(1, 1)|
|John Gregitis||(0, 2)|
|Kyle Frank||(1, 0)|
|Mike Deliberti||(0, 1)|
|Matt Tibbitts||(1, 0)|
|Mike Rufo||(1, 0)|
|Ben Worthington||10 (0.500)|
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|Nicholas Della Fera||(2, 1)|
|Steve Gentile||(2, 1)|
|Mark Barus||(2, 0)|
|Patrick Lamon||(1, 1)|
|Sean Mcgowan||(1, 1)|
|Eric Tripp||(0, 1)|
|Craig Wagenblast||(1, 0)|
|Scott Humphreys||(1, 0)|
|Henry Warner||(0, 1)|
|Charlie Desocio||11 (0.579)|
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|The Game Story:|
|SCRANTON, Pa.—It was another close shave for The University of Scranton men’s lacrosse team against Drew University in Landmark Conference action Saturday afternoon at Fitzpatrick Field.|
But once again it was the Rangers who came out on top, pulling out a 10-8 victory with a strong second-half defensive effort. Drew held the Royals to just one goal in the final 30 minutes of play to erase a 7-5 halftime deficit.
The Rangers, who have won the last eight games in the series, including four of the last five by two-or-fewer goals, were led by senior attacker Nicholas Della Fera (Locust Valley, NY/Locust Valley) and junior midfielder Steve Gentile (Franklin Lakes, NJ/Indian Hills) with two goals and an assist each and sophomore midfielder Mark Barus (Jacobstown, NJ/Notre Dame) added two goals.
The Rangers, now 6-3 overall and 2-1 in the conference, also received a goal and an assist from freshman attacker Patrick Lamon (Severna Park, Md./Severn School) and senior midfielder Sean McGowan (Milltown, NJ/St. Joseph) and a goal apiece from junior attacker Scott Humphreys (Newark, Del/Sanford School) and sophomore attacker Craig Wagenblast (Toms River, NJ/Toms River East).
Scranton, which had a three-game winning streak snapped to fall to 5-2 overall and 1-1 in the Landmark, was led by junior midfielder Dillon McInerney (Hawthorne, NJ/Bergen Catholic) with a career-high four goals and junior attacker Taylor Nelson (Chester Spring, Pa./Downingtown East) finished with a goal and an assist.
The Royals also received a goal apiece from senior midfielder Mike Rufo (Broomall, Pa./Haverford School), senior attacker Kyle Frank (Glen Arm, Md./Boys’ Latin), and sophomore midfielder Matt Tibbitts (West Hartford, Conn./Conard), and two assists from sophomore midfielder John Gregitis (Wayne, Pa./St. Joseph’s Preparatory).
McInerney scored three goals in the second period to get the Royals moving on the offensive end after Scranton fell behind 3-0 in the opening six minutes and 5-2 late in the first period. Tibbetts sandwiched a goal off an assist from Gregitis between goals by McInerney as Scranton opened up a two-goal halftime lead.
The Rangers drew event in the third period on goals by Barus and Humphreys and picked up momentum with back-to-back goals by Lamon and Gentile within 33 seconds of each other midway through the fourth period to take a 9-7 lead.
Scranton, which went scoreless for 22 minutes in the second half, stopped Drew’s momentum with a goal by Nelson on a picture-perfect pass from sophomore midfielder Mike Deliberti (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) to make it 9-8 with 7:56 remaining.
Royal junior goalie Ben Worthington (Jenkintown, Pa./Archbishop Wood), who finished with 10 saves, then came up with a key play after the Rangers won the ensuing face-off after Taylor’s goal. In a one-on-one situation against Humphreys, Worthington stopped a point-blank shot to end a potential Ranger scoring opportunity.
Scranton, however, committed a number of turnovers in the final six minutes and Della Fera closed out the scoring with an unassisted goal with 2:25 left.
The Royals held a slight edge in shots, 36-34, but Scranton failed to take advantage of six extra-man opportunities, including a two man-up situation early in the fourth period.
Scranton will return to action this Wednesday, April 4, against FDU-Florham in Madison, New Jersey, beginning at 7:00 p.m.