Men's Lacrosse (7-6, 3-3 Landmark)
The University of Scranton men's lacrosse team went 1-1 during the week and clinched a playoff berth with its 7-6 victory at Susquehanna on Saturday, April 22.
The Royals opened the week with a 12-4 loss to Drew at home on Wednesday, April 19. Junior attackman Patrick O'Rourke (Floral Park, N.Y./Chaminade) had a goal and two assists, and senior midfielder William Joyce (Bethesda, Md./St. John's) had two assists.
Scranton came through with a clutch win at Susquehanna, rallying from 4-1 and 5-2 deficits by holding the River Hawks to one second-half goal. Freshman Quinn Killeen (Berkeley Heights, N.J./New Providence) scored the game-winning goal and finished with two goals and an assist. Junior midfielder Conor Carey (Long Beach, N.Y./Chaminade) also had two goals and an assist.
Senior goalkeeper Alex Malecki (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) came through with a career-high 14 saves, including nine in the second half. Junior midfielder Adam Drury (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) also had a strong game, winning 11 of 15 faceoffs.
The Royals will be the no. 4 seed in the upcoming Landmark Conference playoffs. They will find out the opponent and location for their semifinal when the regular season concludes on Saturday, April 29.
Scranton returns to action on Saturday, April 29, when the Royals host Washington & Jefferson in a non-conference game on Senior Day at 1 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.
Baseball (12-17, 1-11 Landmark Conference)
The University of Scranton baseball team went 2-3 during the week with the three defeats coming in Landmark Conference play.
The Royals opened the week with a 9-4 win at Lebanon Valley on Monday, April 17. Freshman righty Bobby Hegarty (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings of relief to pick up his first carer victory. Senior second baseman Patrick O'Dell (Phoenixville, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) finished with four hits, including a triple, two RBIs, two runs and a stolen base. Junior designated hitter Chase Standen (Newtown Square, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) also had four hits, including a double, scored a run and drove in a run.
A day later, Scranton rolled to a 15-10 victory over William Paterson at PNC Field, home of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. The Royals built a 15-2 lead after four innings and didn't look back. Junior center fielder Tommy Trotter (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) led the Scranton offense with three hits, including a triple, three runs, three RBIs and a stolen base. Senior catcher Dan Hansen (Helena, Mont./Helena) had three hits, including a double, drove in two and scored once, and junior second baseman Brad Schneider (Ambler, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.) had three hits, two runs and an RBI.
On Saturday, April 22, the Royals dropped both ends of a Landmark Conference doubleheader against Drew, 1-0 and 17-5, at PNC Field. In the opener, Hegarty was the hard-luck loser, allowing just four hits and a walk while striking out three.
In the second game, Scranton received two hits, two RBIs and a run from sophomore first baseman Ian McIntosh (Newtown, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.). Mergel added a hit and an RBI, and Trotter, O'Dell and Standen each had a hit and scored a run.
On Sunday, April 23, the Royals dropped the final game of the series against Drew, 7-2, at PNC Field. Senior left fielder Anthony Simone (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Valley Senior) reached a milestone in the defeat, recording the 100th hit of his career with an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh. McIntosh had a solo home run to highlight the Scranton offense. Trotter finished with three hits and freshman first baseman Kevin Haag (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining/Bridgton Academy) had two hits.
The baseball team is back in action on Monday, April 24, when the Royals travel to Dallas, Pa. to take on Misericordia in a non-conference game at 4 p.m.
Men's Golf (12-4)
The University of Scranton men's golf team went 4-1 and competed in the first round of the Glenmaura National Collegiate Invitational last week.
The Royals opened the week with victories over Marywood (320-346) and Keystone (320-344) on Monday, April 17, at Glenmaura National Golf Club. Senior Tyler Huggins (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) tied for medalist honors with a 7-over-par 78 on the 6,308-yard layout while sophomore Kyle Hayes (East Norwich, N.Y./Oyster Bay) was a shot behind at 79.
A day later, the Royals suffered a narrow 306-307 defeat to King's at Glenmaura National. Four Royals broke 80 on the day, led by junior David Harris (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights), who shot a career-low 74 on the par-71, 6,308-yard layout. Huggins carded his sixth round in the 70s this season and third in the last four with a 6-over-par 77. Sophomore Erik Ridley (Allentown, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) also shot 77, and fellow senior Steven Lambrinakos (Stamford, Conn./Trinity) added a 79.
On Thursday, April 20, Scranton defeated Wilkes (304-335) and King's (304-322) at Huntsville Golf Club. Lambrinakos led the way with a career-low 75 on the 6,680-yard, par-72 layout. Scranton (12-4) also received a pair of 76s from Hayes and fellow sophomore Andrew Milisits (Northampton, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic). For Milisits, that was also a career-low round. Freshman Patrick Budicini (Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield) also shot 77, matching his career low.
Scranton placed two teams in the Glenmaura National Collegiate Invitational, and they placed sixth and seventh after the opening round on Sunday, April 23, at Glenmaura National. Huggins continued his strong spring with a career-low 4-over-par 75 on the par-71, 6,308-yard layout to lead the "B" team into sixth place. Hayes added a 76, and seniors Kevin Nardella (Spring Brook Township, Pa./North Pocono) and Lambrinakos added a pair of 82s to round out the "B" team scoring.
Junior Michael Boland (Dallas, Pa./Holy Redeemer) shot 5-over 76 to lead the "A" team while playing in his first event of the spring. Ridley finished with 77, and Milisits and Budicini both shot 84 to round out the team's top four.
The Royals complete the Glenmaura National Collegiate Invitational with the final round on Monday, April 24, at Glenmaura National Golf Club.
Women's Golf (8-2-1)
The women's golf team battled Marywood to a 3-3 tie in match play on Monday, April 17, at Glenmaura National Golf Club.
Freshman Brianna Stein (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) earned a hard-fought 2-up victory to pace the Royals. Sophomore twin sisters Maggie McDonough (Dunmore, Pa./Holy Cross) and Maura McDonough (Dunmore, Pa./Holy Cross) also posted wins, with Maggie winning 6-and-5, and Maura scoring a 3-and-1 victory.
Women's Lacrosse (9-4, 4-2 Landmark)
The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team split a pair of Landmark Conference matches on the week, dropping a tough 13-12 decision at Drew on Wednesday, before coasting to a 17-8 win against Susquehanna on Saturday at home.
In the Drew loss, the host Rangers went on a three-goal rally late in the contest to take a one-goal lead, then held off the Royals over the final five minutes of action to take the match by one. Freshman Shannon Warburton (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) led the Royals' offense in the win, scoring four goals. Junior Morgan Windisch (Williston Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) added three goals for a hat trick in the defeat, as well.
In the Susquehanna match, Scranton put away Susquehanna in the first half, as 10-0 scoring run to end the period put the Royals up for good at 12-2 entering intermission. Senior Meghan Kerr (Warwick, N.Y./John S. Burke Catholic) and sophomore Christine Olert (Katonah, N.Y./Somers) led the offense, each scoring four goals. Kerr also added three assists in the win, while Olert added one assist, as well.
Five of the 17 goals that Scranton scored on the day were assisted by sophomore Katie Rogers (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's). The five-assist game for Rogers was a career-best for the sophomore, as she has recorded nine assists over the last two matches for Scranton.
The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team returns to action on Tuesday, traveling to Cabrini for a non-conference match. Things are slated to get underway at 6 p.m.
Softball (16-13, 3-7 Landmark Conference)
The University of Scranton softball team played six games on the week, going 4-2 overall.
First on Tuesday against Wilkes, the Royals split a non-conference doubleheader, taking game one, 3-1, before falling in game two, 5-4. In the first game win, freshman Megan Zinn (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) and sophomore Molly Hampsey (Tunkhannock, Pa./Tunkhannock) had RBI hits with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning to lift Scranton to the win. Junior pitcher Morgan Rentzheimer (Laurys Station, Pa./Parkland) tossed a complete game, allowing just one run on nine hits, while striking out four in the win.
The victory was also the 100th of head coach Mia Collarini Wascura's career, as well. In game two, Wilkes came back to take a one-run win over the Royals. Hampsey and senior Shannon Stricker (Morrisville, Pa./Conwell Egan) were both 2-for-4 in the loss, while fellow senior Angelica Titor ((Bellerose Village, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) was 2-for-2.
On Thursday against Penn State-Hazleton, the Royals made quick work of the visiting Lady Lions, winning both games of a doubleheader in five innings (9-1, 11-3). Stricker had a big day, going a combined 6-for-7 with five RBI.
On Sunday at Drew, the Royals rolled to another five-inning victory in game one, 13-2. Scranton then dropped game two, 3-2, in eight innings. In the first game, Scranton blew open the game in the third and fourth innings, scoring five runs in each frame to extend what was a 3-0 lead entering the top of the third to a 13-1 lead entering the fifth. At the dish, eight of the nine Scranton batters had multiple hits as the Royals smashed 19 hits in the win. Leading the way was freshman Megan Zinn (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan), who went a perfect 4-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored.
In the pitching circle, Rentzheimer coasted to her 11th victory of the year (she is now 11-5 on the season), as she allowed two runs on five hits over five innings of work, while striking out six.
In game two, Scranton battled back from a 2-0 deficit, scoring runs in the sixth and seventh innings to tie the game and send it to extras. But, Drew won it in the eighth, scoring a single run to take the win.
The University of Scranton softball team returns to action on Monday, hosting Misericordia in a non-conference doubleheader at the Jessup Youth Sports Complex. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.
Men's Tennis (8-7, 6-1 Landmark)
It was a busy week for the University of Scranton men's tennis team, as the Royals wrapped up their regular season going 3-1 in four Landmark Conference matches.
The week kicked off with a big 6-3 win over Drew on Wednesday on the road. In doubles play, Scranton got off to a good start, winning two of the three matches contested to go up 2-1 into singles. Taking the first win of the day for Scranton was the team of sophomores Christian Aksu (Exton, Pa./West Chester East) and Brian Harkins (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield) rolled to an 8-2 win at number three. The Royals also got a win at number one, where junior Keller McGurrin (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep) and sophomore Alexander Ochalski (Hopewell, N.J//Hopewell Valley Central) took an 8-4 victory.
In singles, Scranton only dropped matches in the top two spots in the lineup, sweeping matches in the three through six spots, all in straight sets. At number three, senior Matt Prendergast (Flanders, N.J./Mt. Olive) was a 7-6 (7-0), 6-4 winner, which was followed up by a 6-2, 6-1 win by sophomore Charles Swope (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) at number four. In the number five spot, Harkins rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 win, while Aksu collected the final win of the day for Scranton at number six, 6-2, 6-0.
The Royals then coasted to back-to-back 9-0 victories over Moravian on Thursday on the road, then Susquehanna on Saturday at home, pushing their record to 6-0 in the Landmark Conference for the year. The 6-0 start for the Royals marked the best start for the Royals in program history in the Landmark Conference (Scranton joined the conference at its inception in before the 2007-08 academic year).
The week, however, ended with a 6-3 loss to Juniata on Sunday in the battle of the two top teams in the Landmark Conference standings. Before the match, as Michael Pottieger (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing Area) and Prendergast were honored before the match began.
Scranton will now move onto the Landmark Conference playoffs, which will begin Tuesday, May 2. The Royals will be no worse than a two-seed in the tournament, meaning they will host a semifinal match in Scranton on the 2nd.
Women's Tennis (7-7, 4-2 Landmark)
The University of Scranton women's tennis team went 2-1 on the week, falling to Drew on the road on Wednesday (7-2), before knocking off Susquehanna on Saturday (9-0) and Juniata on Sunday (8-1).
After losing to Drew, Scranton bounced back in a big way against Susquehanna on Saturday, blanking the visiting River Hawks in the win. Scranton began the afternoon sweep by winning all three matches in doubles play, all in convincing fashion. At number one, junior Julia Frattaroli (Newtown, Conn./Newtown) and Nastashia DeNunzio (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) coasted to an 8-1 victory. At number three, junior Katherine Loughlin (Binghamton, N.Y./Seton Catholic Central) and sophomore Elyse Smilnak (Holidaysburg, Pa./Holidaysburg) recorded an 8-4 win, while at number two, Scranton completed the doubles sweep with an 8-3 win by senior Emily Machado (Fishkill, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) and sophomore Emilia Jakubek (Honesdale, Pa./Scranton Prep).
In singles play, it was more of the same domination for Scranton, as the Royals took all six matches contested.
Becoming two-time winners on the day were Frattaroli at number one (6-3. 6-1), DeNunzio at number two (6-0, 6-0), Machado at number three (6-2, 6-1) and Jakubek at number four (6-0, 6-0). At number five singles, freshman Sakira Fussner (Kempton, Pa./Kutztown Area) was a 6-2, 6-2 winner, while at number six, fellow freshman Katerina Ringes (Sandy Hook, Conn./Immaculate) completed the sweep for Scranton with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 victory.
Scranton then posted another dominating win on Sunday against Juniata, only dropping a singles match on the day against the Eagles. Before the match, Machado was honored on Senior Day, then won at both doubles and singles on the afternoon.
The University of Scranton women's tennis team returns to action on Thursday, traveling to Moravian for their Landmark Conference regular season finale. First serve is set for 4 p.m.
This Week in University of Scranton Athletics
Monday, April 24
Men's Golf – Glenmaura National Collegiate Invitational, final round, Moosic, Pa. (9 a.m.)
Baseball – at Misericordia (4 p.m.)
Softball – vs. Misericordia, DH (5 p.m.)
Tuesday, April 25
Softball – at Marywood, DH (3 p.m.)
Women's lacrosse – at Cabrini (6 p.m.)
Wednesday, April 26
Softball – at Muhlenberg, DH (3 p.m.)
Baseball – vs. Penn State-Abington (4 p.m.)
Thursday, April 27
Women's tennis – at Moravian (4 p.m.)
Saturday, April 29
Men's lacrosse – vs. Washington & Jefferson, Senior Day (12 p.m.)
Baseball – at Moravian (1 p.m.)
Softball – vs. Moravian, DH (1 p.m.)
Women's lacrosse – vs. Stockton, Senior Day (3 p.m.)
Sunday, April 30
Baseball – at Moravian (12 p.m.)