KINGS POINT, N.Y. (April 11, 2015) – The USMMA men's lacrosse team lost a close battle to the University of Scranton, 9-7, on Saturday afternoon at Brooks Stadium. The defeat drops the Mariners to 4-7 (1-4 Landmark), while the Royals improve to 8-6 (4-1 Landmark).
Freshman Pat Coll (Clifton Park, N.Y.) scored a career-high four goals and matched his season-best with five points, as he also added an assist on the afternoon. Senior Geoff Harty (Chicago, Ill.) found the back of the net twice and freshman Nick Treon (Danville, Pa.) recorded a goal and an assist. Senior Ray Waters (Sayville, N.Y.) also had an assist in the game.
Senior goalie Alex Peyreigne (Weston, Conn.) made 14 saves in the losing effort, including seven in the fourth quarter alone. Treon picked up a team-high four groundballs and senior Kyle Sammis (Dix Hills, N.Y.) led the squad with three caused turnovers.
The Royals scored two quick goals in the opening three-plus minutes of the game and the Mariners responded with a tally by Coll later in the quarter. There were just two goals scored in the second quarter, as Scranton found the back of the net at 11:11 to go up 3-1 and Harty scored his first (assisted by Coll) at 2:33. The visitors took the 3-2 lead into the half.
In the third quarter, the Royals expanded their advantage to 5-2 with back-to-back goals by junior Nick Mullery. Harty then struck again later in the period (assisted by Waters) to make it 5-3.
The final quarter saw Scranton tally four-straight to take a commanding 9-3 lead, but the Mariners fought back strong with four-straight of their own – the first three by Coll (first assisted by Treon) and the last by Treon. The comeback was cut short however, as Treon's tally came with just 58 seconds left on the clock, and the Royals escaped with the two-goal victory.
Mullery scored four of the visitors' nine goals, while two other Royals had two goals apiece – senior Anthony Lombardo and sophomore Jake Haimson. Junior Alec Mikrut also found the back of the net for Scranton. Senior Matt Finor was 15-for-20 in faceoffs and picked up a game-high six groundballs. Haimson led the Royals with two caused turnovers. In net, junior Nicholas McKaba made six saves for the victory.
The Mariners return to action next Saturday, April 18, with their final home Landmark Conference game of the season against Drew University. The USMMA men's lacrosse program will pay tribute to its graduating seniors with a Senior Day ceremony prior to faceoff against the Rangers, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Brooks Stadium.