Royal Review: Nov. 27-Dec. 3

Head coach Ozzie Brown and the indoor track & field teams were in action for the first time last week, competing at the River Hawks Opener at Susquehanna University.
Head coach Ozzie Brown and the indoor track & field teams were in action for the first time last week, competing at the River Hawks Opener at Susquehanna University.

Women's Track & Field

The first-ever women's indoor track & field competition in University of Scranton history on Friday, Dec. 1, was bound to be a memorable event no matter what. But the Royals weren't satisfied simply competing.

Scranton won the 4x200 relay for the first victory in school history, and sophomore Caroline Banas (Dallas, Pa./Holy Redeemer) took first place in the high jump to highlight the Royals' performance at the River Hawks Opener, a non-team scoring event at Susquehanna University.

The 4x200 relay team of freshman Bria DeBernardi (Quakertown, Pa./Quakertown Community) and sophomores Cristina Giannelli (Woodhaven, N.Y./Arcbhishop Molloy), Chrissy Noonan (North Baldwin, N.Y./Baldwin) and Jasmin Russo (Hamden, Conn./Sacred Heart Academy) gave the program its first victory when the group finished first with a time of 2:02.60.

Banas then gave the Royals their first individual victory when she won the high jump with a height of 1.67 meters (5 feet, 5.75 inches), which matched Reilly Wagner of Misericordia. But Banas won a jump-off to take first place.

"I am extremely proud of how the team did today," said head coach Ozzie Brown. "We know we have a lot to work on, but I see quite a bit of potential for our budding program. I'm excited to see where we go from here."

The women's track & field team is now on break for finals and the holidays. The Royals will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 27, at the John Covert Classic at Lehigh University in Bethlehem.

Men's Track & Field

The University of Scranton men's indoor track & field team embarked on an historic journey on Friday, competing in the River Hawks Opener at Susquehanna University, the first event since the University announced the addition of track & field nine months ago.

The Royals had a solid showing in the non-team scoring event, putting together four top-six finishes on the night.

Sophomore Eric Bartlett (Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) led Scranton by finishing fourth in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:07.85. His effort came a little more than a month after he was the top runner for Scranton at the Landmark Conference men's cross country championships.

Freshman Dylan Weybrecht (Bear Creek Twp., Pa./Holy Redeemer) had a strong debut, finishing fifth in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.68 seconds. And the 4x400-meter relay team of junior Michael Barber (Oceanport, N.J./Shore Regional), freshmen Conor Coyle (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) and Matthew DeBenedetto (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) and junior Gregory Lacey (Emerson, N.J./St. Joseph Regional) also finished fifth with a time of 3:54.69.

Junior Matt Merli (Peckville, Pa./Valley View) rounded out the Royals' top performances by finishing sixth in the long jump with a distance of 6.04 meters.

The men's indoor track & field team will now break for finals and the holidays. The Royals will be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 27, at the John Covert Classic at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.

Women's Swimming & Diving (7-0)

The University of Scranton women's swimming and diving team won 11 of the 15 events contested on Saturday, Dec. 2, en route to a 180-81 victory over Ramapo in the Byron Center.

The Royals won both relay events and three different swimmers won at least two individual events in the victory.

Freshman Lauren Byrne (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) led Scranton with a trio of individual victories. She started her day with a win in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:00.16, just .06 seconds from matching the program record of 1:00.10 set by Sarah Gazdalski in 1999. Byrne also won the 200 breaststroke in 2:31.40 and the 200 individual medley in 2:14.80.

Byrne capped her day and the Royals' victory as part of the victorious 200 freestyle relay team that ended the meet by finishing first in 1:41.28. She was joined on that team by junior Emma Ilseman (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central), sophomore Elizabeth Howlin (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) and senior Raquel Wasserman (Pound Ridge, N.Y./The Fox Lane).

Ilseman also had a pair of individual victories, as she took the 1000 freestyle with a time of 11:46.05, then won the 500 freestyle in 5:46.01.

Freshman Marycate O'Sullivan (Nanuet, N.Y./Nanuet) also won twice, taking the 200 butterfly in 2:21.54 and the 100 butterfly in 1:03.70. She was also part of the 200 medley relay team that opened the meet by finishing first in 1:53.48. She was joined on that team by juniors Susan Neggia (Fair Lawn, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) and Claire Mason (Livingston, N.J./Mt. St. Dominic Academy) and Wasserman.

The women's swimming & diving team will now break for finals and the holidays. The Royals will be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 13, when they travel to Elizabethtown, Pa. to take on Elizabethtown at 1 p.m.

Men's Swimming & Diving (4-3)

The University of Scranton men's swimming team started its day in impressive fashion on Saturday, setting a Byron Center pool record while winning the 200 medley relay. But, the Royals could not overcome Ramapo College in an eventual 161-101 loss.

The team of junior Michael Ramsthaler (Florham Park, N.J./Seton Hall Prep), senior Patrick Blaser (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West), sophomore Timothy Quigley (Hatboro, Pa./Archbishop Wood) and freshman Matthew Mills (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) set the Byron Center record by winning in 1:38.32. They eclipsed the old record of 1:38.49, which was set in 2011 by Dickinson College.

Mills finished with a fine individual performance on Saturday, also winning a pair of individual events and finishing second in another. He captured the 200 breaststroke in 2:14.91, and also finished first in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:50.88. Mills added his second place in the 100 freestyle.

The men's swimming & diving team will now break for finals and the holidays. The Royals will be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 13, when they travel to Elizabethtown, Pa. to take on Elizabethtown at 1 p.m.

Women's Basketball (5-1, 0-1 Landmark)

The women's basketball team went 2-1 during the week, but that one loss came in the Landmark Conference opener.

The Lady Royals opened the week by knocking off Neumann, 76-44, on Monday, Nov. 27, in the Long Center. Eleven different players scored in the victory.

Freshman forward Chloe Burns (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside Chestnut Hill Academy) came off the bench to score a team-high 13 points, two rebounds and two steals for Scranton (4-0). Senior guard Katie Broderick (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield) had 12 points, three assists, two rebounds and a steal, and junior guard Bridgette Mann (Canadensis, Pa./Wallenpaupack) added 10 points, five assists and three rebounds.

Two days later, Scranton went on the road and posted 57-41 victory at Cabrini. The Lady Royals held Cabrini  to just 10 points combined in the second and third quarter, which turned a 15-12 deficit after one quarter into a 43-25 lead going into the fourth quarter. 

Sophomore forward Makenzie Mason (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) led Scranton with 13 points, nine rebounds and three steals. Senior center Katie Feehery (Media, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) had her first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 10 rebounds, and junior guard Bridgette Mann (Canadensis, Pa./Wallenpaupack) added 10 points, five assists and three rebounds.

On Saturday, Dec. 2, the Lady Royals' unbeaten start to the season ended with a 62-54 loss at Juniata in the Landmark Conference opener for both teams. The loss snapped Scranton's 27-game road winning streak and is the first loss in a true road game for head coach Trevor Woodruff, who took over the program at the start of the 2015-16 season.

The Lady Royals were led by junior guard Bridgette Mann (Canadensis, Pa./Wallenpaupack), who had 14 oints, six rebounds and three assists. Sophomore guard Emily Sheehan (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) finished with 12 points and senior guard Katie Broderick (New Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield) added 10 points and five rebounds.

The women's basketball team will now break for final exams. The team will return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 13, when the Lady Royals go on the road to face York (Pa.) at 6 p.m.

Men's Basketball (2-5)

The men's basketball team suffered a pair of losses during the week, including a defeat in the Landmark Conference opener.

The Royals began the week with a 71-67 loss at Cabrini on Wednesday, Nov. 29. The Cavaliers hit a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left to break a tie game and added a late free throw for the final margin.

Senior center Drew Schankweiler (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg) had his third double-double of the season, finishing with 17 points and 11 rebounds. He also had a career-high four blocks, three assists and a steal. Senior guard Kevin Doolan (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) finished the night with 16 points, including at trio of 3-pointers, four rebounds, four assists and a steal. Senior guard Ethan Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights) added 11 points.

On Saturday, Dec. 2, the Royals opened Landmark Conference play with a 70-44 loss at Juniata. Scranton was led by sophomore guard Kyle DeVerna (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial), who had 11 points, all in the first half. Senior guard Mitch Cross (Marriottsville, Md./Loyola-Blakefield) added 10 points off the bench.

The men's basketball team is back in action on Monday, Dec. 4, when the Royals host Neumann in the Long Center at 7 p.m.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Monday, Dec. 4
Men's basketball – vs. Neumann (7 p.m.) 

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