SCRANTON, Pa.—The University of Scranton was less than five minutes away from its first victory of the season Saturday afternoon at Fitzpatrick Field.
Instead, the Royals were forced to settle for a 1-1 tie, after Dickinson College sophomore midfielder Chris Shultz (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) ripped a shot from 30 yards out for a goal in the 86th minute to force the match into overtime. Shultz’s goal was set up by sophomore back Kyle Schwab (Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom), who played the ball back after a scramble off of a direct kick.
Early in the second half, Scranton, now 0-0-2, took a 1-0 lead on a goal by junior midfielder and co-captain Bill McGuiness (Forty Fort, Pa./Wyoming Valley West), who took a pass from the right sideline from sophomore midfielder Colin McFadden (Ventnor City, NJ/St. Augustine Preparatory) and drilled a shot from 25 yards out for his first goal of the season and the third of his career.
Moments earlier, Scranton had a golden opportunity to get on the scoreboard, but Red Devil junior goalie Cody Hickok made a heads-up play to stop a potential goal. Hickok came forward to cut down the angle on a ball served over the Red Devil defense by McFadden and cut down the angle and made a save on a shot by Scranton freshman forward Kevin Kozic (Raritan, NJ/Immaculata). Hickok finished with a match-high nine saves.
Royal junior goalie Jamie Dillon (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown East) stopped five shots and got plenty of help, especially from sophomore midfielder Stephen Kilty (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) and junior defender Kevin Romanauskas (Elizabethtown, Pa./Elizabethtown Area). Kilty stopped a shot attempt by Dickinson’s Derek Kachadurian (Weston, Mass./Weston) in front of the Royal goal after Kachadurian got behind the Scranton defense and had his first shot turned away by Dillon early in the first half. Romanauskas came by knocking a ball away just as it appeared headed for a goal on a scramble in front of the Royal goal late in the first half.
Dickinson, now 0-0-1, got off three decent shot attempts in the first overtime period, but neither one found the mark. Scranton did come close to pulling out the win near the end of the first overtime period, but Hickok got enough of his hand on a shot by Royal senior forward Joseph Burbella (Stroudsburg, Pa./Stroudsburg) to get it from going into the goal.
The Royals will close out a three-match home stand Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. against Marywood University at Fitzpatrick Field.