Scranton vs. Franklin And Marshall
March 31, 2010
The Game Story:
SCRANTON, Pa.-Franklin & Marshall College broke away from a 5-3 halftime lead by holding The University of Scranton scoreless in the third period en route to a 9-6 victory in non-conference action Wednesday evening at Fitzpatrick Field.

Sophomore attacker Kevin Kilpatrick (West Chester, Pa./Salesianum School) scored a game-high four goals, including two in each half, and sophomore midfielder James Wenk (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhassett) finished with two goals and an assist as the Diplomats improved to 4-4.

Franklin & Marshall, which held a 41-35 advantage in ground balls and won 9 of 17 face-offs, also received a goal and an assist from senior midfielder Shane Brennan (West Chester, Pa./Haverford School) and a goal apiece from senior Sean Murphy (Towson, Md./Gilman) and sophomore midfielder Keith Murray (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis).

Scranton, which suffered its sixth straight loss to fall to 2-8, was led by freshman attacker Oliver Nugent (Short Hills, N.J./Morristown Beard) with two goals and junior attacker Sean Coleman (Philadelphia, Pa./Roman Catholic) chipped in a goal and an assist.

For the second straight game, the Royals were within striking distance by intermission but failed to score a goal in the third period.

Kilpatrick came up with two keys plays during a 35-second span early in the third period. He intercepted a pass deep in Royal territory and converted a one-on-one situation against Scranton junior goalie Jeremy Dowiak (Hackettstown, N.J./West Morris) into a goal. On the play, he also drew a one-minute unnecessary roughness penalty by Royal freshman defender Brendan Synan (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac), which the Diplomats converted into a man-up goal by Murray off of a play set up by Wenk.

Scranton finally broke a 27-minute scoring draught early in the fourth period when sophomore Daniel Slade (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) drilled a shot past Diplomat senior goalie Chris Marcozzi (Springfield, Pa./Malvern Preparatory) off of a crisp pass from junior midfielder Keenan Dowd (Binghamton, N.Y./Seton Catholic) to cut the lead to 7-4.

The teams traded two goals apiece in the final four minutes to set the final score.

Dowd finished with a game-high four assists for Scranton, which, once again, struggled in its extra-man offense, converting just 1 of 7 attempts. The Diplomats also struggled in their extra-man opportunities, cashing in on just one of six tries.

The Royals erased an early 1-0 deficit behind back-to-back goals by freshman Taylor Nelson (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) and Nugent before the Diplomats scored four straight goals during an eight-minute span that stretch into the second period to take the lead for good. Royal senior midfielder Doug Homan (Manasquan, N.J./Manasquan) broke through a couple of Diplomat defenders with nine minutes before intermission and scored a goal to cut the gap to two, 5-3.

Marcozzi finished with a game-high 12 saves and F&M caused 16 of Scranton's 23 turnovers. Dowiak was credited with eight saves for Scranton, which also received a solid defensive effort from juniors Stephen Bruestle (Holland, Pa./Archbishop Wood) and Andrew Eastwood (Rumson, N.J./Rumson), both of whom caused three turnovers apiece.

The Royals will return to action this Friday, April 2, against Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, beginning at 3:00 p.m.