Royal Review: Nov. 13-19

Abigail Corrigan had the sixth-best finish among all freshmen in Saturday's NCAA Division III Championships. (Photo by D3Photography.com)
Abigail Corrigan had the sixth-best finish among all freshmen in Saturday's NCAA Division III Championships. (Photo by D3Photography.com)

Women's Cross Country

Freshman Abigail Corrigan (Carbondale, Pa./Holy Cross) of The University of Scranton women's cross country team finished 96th in Saturday's NCAA Division III Women's Cross Country Championships at Principia College.

Corrigan completed the 6,000-meter course in 22:12.20 to finish 96th among 279 competitors. Her performance was sixth-best among all freshmen in the championships. Her time was her second-best of the season for 6,000 meters.

Corrigan is just the second women's cross country runner in Scranton history to compete in the NCAA Division III championships. She joins Theresa Meade, who ran in the 1984 championships, finishing 43rd.

In her first season of collegiate cross country, Corrigan won three individual titles and had two other top-10 finishes. On Saturday, Oct. 28, she became the first female runner in Scranton history to win a conference championship when she won the Landmark Conference title. She was Scranton's top runner in each of the seven team events this season.

Women's Swimming & Diving (6-0)

The women's swimming team dominated the Diamond City Invite en route to winning the title in the two-day event on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18-19, at the Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) Catholic Youth Center. The Royals finished with 679.5 points, well ahead of second-place East Stroudsburg (481.5) in the 12-team event.

Freshman Lauren Byrne (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) broke two school records while winning two individual events, and swam on three winning relay teams. She set school records in the 200 individual medley, winning in 2:11.89, and the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:07.06. She also swam on the winning 200 freestyle, 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams.

Freshman Marycate O'Sullivan (Nanuet, N.Y./Nanuet) added a win in the 100 backstroke, as did junior Susan Neggia (Fair Lawn, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) in the 200 backstroke. And both swam on the victorious 400 medley relay team.

Also on Saturday, freshman Mackenzie Morret (Boiling Springs, Pa./Boiling Springs) won the 1-meter diving competition in a diving-only meet at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

The women's swimming & diving team is back in action on Saturday, Dec. 2, when the Royals host Ramapo at 1 p.m. in the Long Center.

Men's Swimming & Diving (4-2)

The University of Scranton men's swimming team rolled to an impressive victory at the Diamond City Invite over two days (Nov. 18-19) at the Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) Catholic Youth Center. The Royals amassed 802 points, easily outgunning second-place Arcadia (585.5) in the 11-team event.

Freshman Matthew Mills (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) was impressive both days, finishing with three individual victories and swimming on a winning relay team. Mills won the 200 individual medley in 1:58.36, then won the 400 individual medley in 4:15.56. He followed that by swimming the final leg of the 400 medley relay team that won in 3:34.57, all on Saturday. On Sunday, Mills set a meet record when he won the 200 breaststroke in 2:10.62.

Senior Patrick Blaser (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) had a win in the 100 breaststroke, as did freshman John Fimmano (Southbury, Conn./Pomperaug) in the 200 fly.

Also on Saturday, sophomore Michael Diana (Somerset, N.J./Immaculata-Somerville) finished second in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events in a diving-only meet at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

Women's Basketball (2-0)

The women's basketball team opened its season with a pair of wins in the Cross-County Challenge at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. this past weekend.

Sophomore center Sofia Recupero (Whitestone, N.Y./St. Francis Prep) came off the bench to score a game-high 21 points to lead the Lady Royals to a 64-52 victory over King's College in the season opener on Friday, Nov. 17.

Scranton had a slow start but was able to overcome King's by outscoring the Lady Monarchs by 19 points over the last three quarters. Junior guard Bridgette Mann (Canadenis, Pa./Wallenpaupack) was the only other Lady Royal to score in double figures, finishing with 10. Junior guard Julia Gantz (Havertown, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) added nine points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal, while sophomore forward Makenzie Mason (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) added eight points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

A day later, the Lady Royals cruised to a 78-43 victory over Wilkes on the second day of the Cross-Country Challenge with the stifling defense and impressive performance at the free throw line. The Lady Royals held Wilkes to just 28 percent (14-for-50) from the field in the victory. On the offensive end, Scranton made 21 of 22 free throws (95.5 percent), the fourth-highest single-game free throw percentage (minimum of 15 made) in program history.

In 14 minutes off the bench, senior center Katie Feehery (Media, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) led three players in double figures with 14 points. Mann had 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists, and sophomore guard Emily Sheehan (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) finished with 11 points and four assists.

The women's basketball team will host its home opener on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Long Center against crosstown rival Marywood.

Men's Basketball (1-1)

The University of Scranton men's basketball team opened the season by taking runner-up honors at the Hilton Scranton Invitational in the Long Center.

The Royals opened the season on Friday, Nov. 17, with a 78-63 victory over Penn State-Berks in the opening round. Senior guards Ethan Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights) and Kevin Doolan (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) led the Royals with 17 points each. Fourteen of Doolan's points came in the second half as he went 5-for-6 from the field. He finished the night with six assists and four steals. Danzig added five rebounds, three steals and two blocks.

Sophomore guard Kyle DeVerna (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) finished with 14 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals, and Cross added 10 points off the bench. Senior forward Drew Schankweiler (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg) was solid in the middle, scoring 10 points, pulling down eight rebounds and adding two blocks, two steals and an assist.

In Saturday's championship game, the Royals couldn't slow hot-shooting York in an 84-70 defeat. The Spartans took the title by shooting 52.5 percent from the field, including 11-for-22 from 3-point range.

The Royals were led by DeVerna, who earned a spot on the all-tournament team after finishing with 21 points, five assists and two steals. Junior guard Jack Connelly (Ellington, Conn./Ellington) made four 3-pointers en route to 16 points, four rebounds and three steals. Schankweiler had 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists and a block, and Danzig finished with 13 points, five rebounds, three blocks and an assist.

The men's basketball team is back in action on Tuesday, Nov. 21, when the Royals travel to Chester, Pa. to take on Widener at 7 p.m.

Wrestling (5-2)

Junior Daniel D'Agostini (Allentown, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) won all three of his matches to help The University of Scranton wrestling team go 2-1 at the Green Terror Duals on Sunday at McDaniel College.

The Royals (5-2) opened the day with a 28-15 loss to Gettysburg, but rebounded to beat Alderson Broaduss, 30-14, and McDaniel, 33-9.

D'Agostini was perfect on the day, posting a pair of decisions and adding a victory by forfeit, all at 184 pounds. He was the lone Royal to go 3-0 on the day.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics 

Tuesday, Nov. 21
Men's basketball – at Widener (7 p.m.)
Women's basketball – vs. Marywood (7 p.m.)

Saturday, Nov. 25
Men's basketball – vs. King's (3 p.m.)

Sunday, Nov. 26
Men's basketball – vs. Wilkes (3 p.m.)

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