Scranton vs. Farmingdale
March 1, 2011
The Game Story:
SCRANTON, Pa.—The University of Scranton put together another solid defensive effort in picking up a 12-6 victory over Farmingdale State University (NY) Tuesday afternoon at Fitzpatrick Field.

The Royals held the Rams scoreless during a 35-minute span and scored eight straight goals to turn a 4-3 second-period deficit into a comfortable 11-4 lead midway through the fourth period.

On the offensive end, senior attacker Keenan Dowd (Binghamton, N.Y./Seton Catholic) scored three of his game-high four goals in the first period and junior attacker Daniel Slade (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) finished with two goals and an assist as the Royals moved to 2-0 on the season for the second straight year.

Scranton, which held a 44-32 edge in shots and a 49-44 advantage in ground balls, also received two goals from sophomore attacker Taylor Nelson (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East), a goal and an assist from senior attacker Sean Coleman (Philadelphia, Pa./Roman Catholic) and a goal apiece from junior midfielder Mike Rufo (Broomall, Pa./Haverford School), sophomore midfielder Dillon McInerney (Hawthorne, N.J./Bergen Catholic), and senior attacker Robert Pantages (Roseland, N.J./West Essex).

Farmingdale State, which fell to 0-1, was led by junior midfielder Jimmy Owsinski (Kings Park, N.Y./Kings Park) and sophomore attacker Steven Suris (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) with two goals apiece.

The momentum swung back and forth in first period and three minutes into the second. Dowd scored three straight goals—all unassisted—during a three-minute span to erase an early 1-0 lead by the Rams on a goal by Suris. Farmingdale State then scored three times—one each by Owsinski, senior attacker Wes Hubschmitt (Seaford, N.Y./Seaford) and junior midfielder Shannon Robinson (Freeport, N.Y./Freeport) to take its last lead of the game with 12:32 left before halftime.

Scranton then held the Rams scoreless until the 7:22 mark of the fourth period. In the meantime, the Royals scored six goals, including two by Nelson and one each by Rufo, Slade, Coleman and Pantages to take a 9-4 lead into the halftime. Scranton added an insurance goal on a man-up situation by Dowd off a nice feed from senior attacker J.P. Barton (N. Brunswick, N.J./St. Joseph Metuchen) in the third period and Slade and McInerney added a goal apiece in the fourth period.

The Royals were whistled for 11 infractions, yet they did not allow an extra-man goal, killing all 10 tries, including seven in the third period alone, by the Rams. Sophomore Ben Worthington (Jenkintown, Pa./Archbishop Wood) started in goalie for Scranton and made five saves in the first half to pick up his first victory of the season. Senior Jeremy Dowiak (Hackettstown, N.J./West Morris) played the final 30 minutes and stopped seven shots. Sophomore defender Tim Cleary (Shrewsbury, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) made Worthington and Dowiak's job easier by causing five turnovers and finishing with a game-high nine ground balls.

Junior goalie Patrick Delventhal (Westbury, N.J./Holy Trinity) went the distance for Farmingdale State and finished with a game-high 15 saves.

The Royals will close out a three-game home stand this Saturday, March 5, against Muhlenberg College at the Fitzpatrick Field beginning at 1:00 p.m.