Scranton vs. Susquehanna
March 21, 2009
The Game Story:
SCRANTON, Pa.—The University of Scranton men’s lacrosse team put together its most impressive outing of the season against Susquehanna University in the Landmark Conference opener for both teams Saturday afternoon at Fitzpatrick Field.

The Royals dominated in all phases of the game from start to finish en route to a 17-3 victory. Scranton held a 49-21 advantage in shots, won 19 of 24 face-offs, and pressured the Crusaders into 23 turnovers. The win was the third straight for the Royals, now 4-4 overall and 1-0 in the Landmark Conference, while Susquehanna fell to 3-4 and 0-1.

Freshman attacker Robby Napp (Spring Lake, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) and senior attacker Nick Youngstrom (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) led a balanced Royal attack with three goals apiece, senior midfielder Thomas Kornobis (Merrick, N.Y./W.C. Mepham) added two goals and two assists, and sophomore attacker Thomas Alati (Glen Ridge, N.J./Montclair Kimberly) and sophomore midfielder JP Barton (North Brunswick, N.J./St. Joseph Metuchen) contributed two goals apiece.

Freshman attacker Billy Spack (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) led the Crusaders with two goals, freshman attacker Luke Delawan (Madison, N.J./Madison) added one, and senior midfielder Greg Norris (St. Catharines, Ontario/Denis Morris), freshman attacker Dustin Breakey (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley), and freshman midfielder Matt Weiner (Bound Brook, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan Regional) contributed an assist apiece.

The Royals jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on unassisted goals by freshman attacker Brett Greer (Morton, Pa./Ridley) and sophomore midfielder Christian Dugan (Avon, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) in the first period. After Susquehanna cut the gap to one on a goal by Delavan off an assist by Breakey with 2:27 remaining in the first period, Scranton took command by scoring nine unanswered goals to take an 11-1 lead midway through the third period. Behind sophomore midfielders Patrick Cefalu (East Islip, N.Y./East Islip) and Brendan Gray (Stamford, Conn./Westhill), the Royals kept the Crusaders on defense throughout the afternoon by winning eight of the first 11 face-offs and 15 of 19 entering the final 15 minutes of play.

Defensively, the Royals allowed only six shot attempts in the second and third periods after Susquehanna held a slight 9-8 advantage in the first period. Sophomores Chris Sullivan (New Vernon, N.J./Seton Hall Preparatory) and Stephen Bruestle (Holland, Pa./Archbishop Wood) and freshman Owen Eastwood (Rumson, N.J./Rumson) combined to cause five turnovers and come up with seven ground balls.

Greer finished with a goal and two assists and freshman Mike Rufo (Broomall, Pa./Haverford School) and sophomore Kyle Frank (Glen Arm, Md./Boys’ Latin) had a goal and an assist each for Scranton. Sophomore Jeremy Dowiak (Hackettstown, N.J./West Morris) made three saves, including a one-on-one with a Crusader attacker early in the first period, in 45 minutes of action before giving way to freshman Colin Gable (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood), who made three saves playing the entire fourth period.

Freshman Anthony Maiorella (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) was one of four goalies to see action for the Crusaders, finishing with a team-high six saves in nearly 29 minutes of action.

Scranton is now 3-0 in conference openers under head coach Kevin Dugan. The Royals will take on the United States Merchant Marine Academy next Saturday, March 28, in Kings Point, New York, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Score by Periods 1 2 3 4 Total
Susquehanna (3-4/0-1 Landmark) 1 0 1 1 3
Scranton (4-4/1-0 Landmark) 3 5 7 2 17

Goals: Susquehanna-3 (Spack-2, Delavan-1)
Scranton-17 (Napp-3, Youngstrom-3, Kornobis-2, Alati-2, Barton-2, Greer-1, Rufo-1, Frank-1, Dugan-1, Pantages-1)
Assists: Susquehanna-3 (Breakey-1, Norris-1, Weiner-1)
Scranton-9 (Greer-2, Kornobis-2, Alati-1, Frank-1, Napp-1, Rufo-1, Slade-1)
Saves: Susquehanna-15 (Maiorella-6, 11 goals allowed, 28:34; Davis-3, 4 goals allowed, 11:24; Daney-5,
1 goal allowed, 13:53; Humphreys-1, 1 goal allowed, 6:09)
Scranton-6 (Dowiak-3, 2 goals allowed, 45:00; Gable-3, 1 goal allowed, 15:00)