Ryan Mygatt’s two goals were not enough as The University’s men’s lacrosse team dropped its home opener against York College Wednesday at Fitzpatrick Field.
The Royals jumped out to an early two-goal lead only seven minutes into the game after goals from senior midfielder John Gregitis and Mygatt.
However, that lead was erased after York’s Tyler Hutson scored three straight goals. He would finish with three goals and three assists on the day.
Hutson’s three goals sparked a streak in which York scored seven unanswered goals, pulling ahead to a five-goal-lead that proved to be too much for the Royals to overcome.
With the loss, Scranton dropped to 1-2 on the season. York improved to 4-1, and they look like a tough team to beat early on.
Scranton cut the deficit to three in the third quarter when Mygatt and senior midfielder Matt Tibbits found the back of the net; however, that deficit jumped right back to five when York answered with two consecutive goals.
York’s Andrew Gamble was the star of the game, as his four goals and one assist powered York to another victory.
Royals’ junior attacker Anthony Lombardo scored a goal in the fourth period to cut York’s lead down to four, but that was all Scranton would get for the rest of the game. Junior attacker Will Maehle tallied two assists while senior midfielder Mike Deliberti added an assist of his own.
Deliberti played stellar defense with seven ground balls and two turnovers forced. Junior defender Colin Panayi also had three ground balls and three turnovers forced in Scranton’s losing effort.
Scranton came into the season ranked fourth in the Landmark Conference in the preseason poll; however, the team knows the conference is wide open with relatively even competition.
The Royals played a sound game Saturday, defeating Muhlenberg 12-6. Leading by three in the fourth quarter, senior attacker Gus Sturm scored three consecutive goals to put the game out of reach.
His goals were part of a six-goal run, as the offense clicked on all cylinders. That is the type of game the Royals hope to play more often.
Scranton will look to bounce back at 1 p.m. Saturday when they face Lycoming on the road in Williamsport.
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