Scranton vs. King's College
April 27, 2005
|The Game Story:|
|SCRANTON, Pa.—Despite a season-high five goal performance by sophomore midfielder Dan Stallone (S. Plainfield, N.J./St. Joseph Metuchen), The University of Scranton dropped a 10-9 decision to King’s College in Middle Atlantic Conference action Wednesday afternoon at Fitzpatrick Field.|
Stallone scored twice in the third period as the Royals overcame a 5-4 halftime deficit to build up a three-goal lead, but Monarch junior midfielder John Matusiewicz (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) scored three of his five goals in the final nine minutes of play as King’s improved to 5-9 overall and 2-7 in the MAC. Junior attacker Ryan Thomas (Ft. Washington, Pa./LaSalle) added three goals and two assists and senior goalie Steve Matusiewicz (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) made a game-high 16 saves, including four in the final two minutes of play to seal the victory for the Monarchs.
Sophomore attacker Sean O’Connor (Media, Pa./Penncrest) and junior attacker Todd Cuccia (Larchmont, N.Y./Iona Prep) scored a goal and had three assists apiece and freshman midfielder Matt Huber (Chester, N.J./West Morris Mendham) and freshman attacker Kevin Joyce (Floral Park, N.J./Chaminade) contributed a goal each for Scranton, now 1-13 overall and 1-9 in the MAC.
Just when it seemed that the momentum was turning in the Royals’ favor for good after Stallone scored an unassisted goal at the 4:49 mark of the third period to give Scranton an 8-5 lead, King’s responded with unassisted goals by sophomore defenseman Brendan Ireton (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll) and sophomore attacker Gary Morgan (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) to make it 8-7 entering the fourth period.
John Matusiewicz took over by scoring three straight goals—at the 9:15, 5:49 and 4:45 marks—as King’s regained the lead for good, 10-8, before Stallone made it a one-goal game with an unassisted goal at the 2:44 mark.
The Royals had an extra-man opportunity in the final minute, but Steve Matusiewicz made two key saves on close shots to end Scranton’s bid to send the game into overtime. Senior goalie Tom Kenyon (Chittenango, N.Y./Chittenango) was credited with 13 saves for Scranton, which will close out its 2005 season this Saturday, April 30, against Centenary College at Fitzpatrick Field beginning at 3:00 p.m.