Scranton vs. Messiah
March 29, 2006
The Game Story:
SCRANTON, Pa.—Junior midfielder Dan Stallone (S. Plainfield, N.J./St. Joseph Metuchen) tied a University of Scranton single-game record by scoring eight goals Wednesday afternoon, but the Royals fell to 0-7 on the season with an 18-13 loss to Messiah College in Middle Atlantic Conference action at Fitzpatrick Field.

Stallone tied the previous mark of eight set by Steve Michel against West Chester in 1992 and Mike Keryc against Stevens Tech in 1996. He also finished with four assists to account for 12 total points. Junior attacker Andrew Collins (Olney, Md./Magruder) led the Falcons, now 1-4 overall and 1-1 in the MAC, with six goals and three assists and sophomore attacker Nick Ricucci (Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley) and freshman attacker Jeff Ziegler (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key) contributed four goals apiece.

Collins scored three goals during a three-minute span in the second period as the Falcons broke away from a 3-1 lead after the first period to take an 7-2 lead. After Ziegler extended the lead to 8-2 with an unassisted goal at the 6:46 mark, Stallone scored three of the Royals’ next four goals over a six-minute span to cut the gap to 8-6 at halftime.

Ziegler scored back-to-back goals within a seven-second span of the third period to extend Messiah’s lead to 10-6. Stallone came back to score two more and senior attacker Todd Cuccia (Larchmont, N.Y./Iona Preparatory) and junior attacker Sean O’Connor (Media, Pa./Penncrest) added one each as Scranton trailed by three, 13-10, entering the final period.

Behind goals by Ziegler, Collins and junior midfielder Adam Myers (Fallston, Md./Fallston), the Falcons pushed the lead back up to six, 16-10, before Stallone scored three times during six-minute span to cut the lead to 17-13 with 1:30 left. Messiah took advantage of a penalty to score a man-up goal by Ricucci with 33 seconds remaining to set the final score.

Junior goalie Tom Davis (Media, Pa./Penncrest) finished with a game-high 12 saves for the Royals, now 0-3 in league play, while Messiah’s Dustin Jeffries (Ellicott City, Md./Chapelgate Christian) had seven. Stallone’s eight goals gives him a team-leading 20 on the season.

The Royals will return to action this Saturday, April 1, to take on Moravian College in Middle Atlantic Conference action in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, beginning at 2:00 p.m.