Royal Review: May 1-7

Royal Review: May 1-7

Women's Tennis (8-9, 4-3 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women's tennis team reached the Landmark Conference championship match for the third time in four years this past week, but the Royals dropped a 5-0 decision to host Elizabethtown on Sunday to end the 2016-17 campaign.

Scranton reached the Landmark Conference title match with an upset win over top-seeded Drew on Wednesday on the road, as the Royals knocked off the Rangers, 5-2, handing Drew their first loss since their opening contest of the season in September.

The Royals began the day on a roll, taking all three doubles matches to open a 3-0 lead on the host Rangers before singles play could begin. The first point of the day was collected by the freshman tandem of Nastashia DeNunzio (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) and Emily Kelly (West Chester, Pa/B.Reed Henderson), who posted an 8-4 win at number two to put the Royals up, 1-0.

Next in the top spot of doubles, the team of senior Emily Machado (Fishkill, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) and sophomore Emilia Jakubek (Honesdale, Pa./Scranton Prep) also won by an 8-4 score, putting the Royals up, 2-0. The sweep was then competed in the number three spot by junior Katherine Loughlin (Binghamton, N.Y./Seton Catholic Central) and sophomore Elyse Smilnak (Holidaysburg, Pa./Holidaysburg), who gutted out a 9-7 win to give Scranton a 3-0 lead.

In singles, Smilnak (6-3, 6-3) and Kelly (6-3, 6-1) were straight set victors at the fourth and sixth spots in the lineup, clinching the upset win for Scranton in the process.

Despite losing the Landmark title match at Elizabethtown, it was a successful 2016-17 campaign for the young Royals, who started just one senior in the lineup on Sunday.

Women's Lacrosse (10-5, 4-2 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team had its 2017 season come to a close this past week, as the Royals advanced to the Landmark Conference championship for the second straight season with a semifinal win over Elizabethtown on Wednesday night, 18-10.

In the Landmark title match on Saturday at top-seeded Catholic, the Royals dropped a 16-6 decision.

In the Elizabethtown match, both teams traded scores throughout the first eight minutes of action, as the game was knotted up at 3-all with 22 minutes remaining in the first half. However, the Royals ended the half on a flurry, as a 6-1 run put Scranton up, 9-4, with four minutes left in the period.

Elizabethtown was able to tally the final score of the half with a minute left, but Scranton went into halftime with a 9-5 lead. To start the second period, Elizabethtown quickly scored, cutting the Scranton lead down to 9-6 in the process. It was the closest, however, that the Blue Jays came over the rest of the game, as Scranton proceeded to surge on a 5-0 scoring run that put them up for good at 14-6.

Sophomore Elena Gallo (East Meadow, N.Y./Kellenberg) poured in five goals, four of which came in the second half, to lead Scranton. Meanwhile, junior Morgan Windisch (Williston Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Acad.) had a solid game, scoring four goals, while tallying two assists.

Junior Kailyn Angelo (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Acad.) had a hat trick with three goals, freshman Shannon Warburton (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) scored two goals and recorded three assists, and sophomore Katie Rogers (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's) ended the contest with a pair of goals.

On Saturday against Catholic, the host Cardinals opened an 8-1 lead on Scranton late in the first half and never looked back, as the Cardinals won the Landmark Conference title match over the Royals for the second straight season with the 10-goal victory.

In the defeat, sophomore Christine Olert (Katonah, N.Y./Somers) and Angelo each scored two goals for Scranton.

Despite losing Saturday's match, it was another successful season for the Royals, as they reached consecutive Landmark Conference championship matches for the first time in program history. The team won 11 matches in back-to-back campaigns, as well.

Men's Lacrosse (8-7, 3-3 Landmark)

The men's lacrosse team's season came to an end with an 11-9 loss to top-seeded Elizabethtown in a Landmark Conference semifinal on the road on Wednesday.

Junior midfielder Adam Drury (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) had another dominant day in the faceoff circle for the Royals, winning 20 of 23 faceoffs. He finishes the season with 181 faceoff wins in 247 attempts, a .733 win percentage, which shatters the single-season school record of .678, set by Matt Finor in 2014.

Freshman attackman Joe Hill (South Hempstead, N.Y./South Side) led Scranton with three goals and an assist. Freshman midfielder Michael Elefonte (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) had three goals and junior attackman Patrick O'Rourke (Floral Park, N.Y./Chaminade) finished with two of his own.

The Royals were making there seventh straight Landmark Conference playoff appearance, and the ninth in the conference's 10-year existence.

Men's Tennis (8-8, 6-1 Landmark)

The University of Scranton men's tennis team had its 2016-17 season come to an end on Tuesday, as the Royals dropped a Landmark Conference semifinal match to Goucher, 5-2, in a contest that was played indoors at the Birchwood Tennis & Fitness Club in South Abington Township.

In the defeat, Goucher began the day in a big way, winning all three matches contested to go up 3-0 into singles. Goucher then earned the first singles point in the number six position to go up 4-0 on the Royals. With their backs against the wall, however, the Royals climbed back in the match.

First at number three singles, senior Matt Prendergast (Flanders, N.J./Mt. Olive) collected a straight set, 6-4, 6-4 win to put Scranton on the board at 4-1. Then, in the number one spot, junior Keller McGurrin (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep) battled his way to a thrilling three-set (3-6, 6-2, 7-5) victory in come-from-behind fashion to cut the Goucher lead down to 4-2.

At both number two and number four singles, Scranton forced third sets. But, at number two, Goucher's Michael Herman clinched the match for the Gophers with a 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 victory.

Despite dropping the match, Scranton still posted a great season, opening Landmark Conference play with a 6-0 mark, their best start in program history in Landmark play. The program also hosted a Landmark Conference playoff match for the first time since the 2013 season, as well.

Baseball (19-19, 5-12 Landmark Conference)

The University of Scranton baseball team completed its 2017 season by winning all four games last week to finish with a .500 record. It marks the seventh time in the past season the team has finished with a winning percentage of .500 or better.

The Royals began the week with a 6-4 win at crosstown rival Marywood on Monday afternoon. Sophomore righty Matt McDonald (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) worked seven strong innings before tiring to start the eighth, finishing with four runs allowed on 11 hits and three walks while striking out four to earn the win. Junior center fielder Tommy Trotter (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) singled, doubled, scored twice, drove in two runs and made a diving catch in the victory.

A day later, Scranton scored four runs in the top of the ninth to break a tie and defeat Wilkes, 9-5, on the road. Senior left fielder Anthony Simone (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Valley Senior) delivered a two-strike, RBI single to break a 5-5 tie and junior third baseman Patrick Mergel (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem) followed two batters later with an RBI sac fly for a 7-5 lead. The Royals (17-19) put the game away when junior catcher Kevin Nolan (Ossining, N.Y./Fordham Prep) delivered a two-run double for the 9-5 lead.

On Saturday, the Royals swept a Landmark Conference doubleheader against Juniata, winning 6-5 and 7-6, at Connell Park. In the opener, the Royals scored six unearned runs, all with two outs, in the second inning. Trotter got the scoring started with a two-run single and freshman first baseman Kevin Haag (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining/Bridgton Academy) had a two-run double.

In the second game, Scranton rallied from a 6-1 deficit with six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Haag finished the game with a pair of solo home runs and drove in the go-ahead run when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Trotter finished with two hits, a run and an RBI in the victory, and junior designated hitter Chase Standen (Newtown Square, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) doubled and scored.

The final game of the series with Juniata was rained out on Sunday and will not be rescheduled, bringing an end to the Royals' season.

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