Women's Basketball (28-1)
The University of Scranton Lady Royals advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament with wins in the first two rounds over the weekend in the Long Center.
Scranton opened the tournament with a 68-48 victory over Keuka in a first round matchup on Friday night in the Long Center. The Lady Royals raced out to a 20-7 lead in the first quarter and never looked back with junior Bridgette Sheehan (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) and senior Katie Feehery (Media, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) tying for a game-high with 14 points apiece. Sophomore Makenzie Mason (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) added a double-double on 11 points and 11 rebounds against the Wolves.
Scranton advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third year in a row by overcoming a nine-point first half deficit on its way to a 55-46 win over Cabrini. Mason posted game-highs of 16 pints, nine rebounds, and four assists while sophomore Emily Sheehan (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) tallied 14 points in the victory over the Cavaliers.
No. 10 Scranton will host the sectional rounds of the NCAA Tournament this coming weekend and will take on No. 5 Bowdoin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday in the Long Center. No. 8 Tufts and No. 15 Messiah will meet in Friday's other contest with the two winners to play for trip to the Final Four on Saturday at 6:00 p.m.
Women's Indoor Track & Field
Sophomore Caroline Banas (Dallas, Pa./Holy Redeemer) of the women's track & field team set a meet record will compete in the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships on Saturday, March 10, in Birmingham, Ala.
Banas will compete in the high jump, which will take place at 11:30 a.m. She qualified after clearing 1.71 meters earlier this season, which is tied for the fifth-best jump in NCAA Division III this season.
Men's Lacrosse (4-2)
The University of Scranton men's lacrosse team split a pair of games last week, losing to sixth-ranked Cortland, 13-8, and defeating Lycoming, 10-8.
In the loss to Cortland on Tuesday, sophomore attackman Connor Kirkwood (Millburn, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) led the offensive effort with four goals and an assist.
In Saturday's victory at Lycoming, senior midfielder Conor Carey (Long Beach, N.Y./Chaminade) finished with three goals and an assist. Junior attackman Tim Dolan (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) and sophomore midfielders Michael Elefonte (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) and Kieran Fallon (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) had two goals apiece.
Freshman midfielder Collin Purdy (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) had a strong game in the faceoff circle, going 10-for-13 and scooping up a team-high six ground balls. Senior goalkeeper Jeffrey Sabatini (Haddonfield, N.J./Haddonfield) made 10 saves between the pipes, including four in the first period.
The men's lacrosse team returns to action on Wednesday, March 7, when the Royals travel to Wilkes-Barre Township, Pa. to face King's at 4 p.m.
Women's Lacrosse (2-1)
The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team split a pair of close games last week, winning 12-10 at Misericordia on Tuesday before being edged out at Haverford on Sunday, 16-14.
Junior Elena Gallo (East Meadow, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) scored a career-high seven goals to carry the Royals past the Cougars. The Royals built a 10-4 lead midway through the second half and held off Misericordia for the win. Junior Katie Rogers (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's) added two goals and an assist while sophomore Kate Calabro (Seaford, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) recorded a goal and two assists. Sophomore Erin Putnam (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks South) made eight saves in net to earn the win.
On Sunday at Haverford, the Ford built a 16-9 advantage with 8:44 remaining and held off a furious comeback bid by Scranton, which netted the final five goals of the contest. Calabro led all players with seven goals in the loss, Rogers had two goals and two assists, and senior Morgan Windisch (Williston Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) recorded a game-high three assists. On the defensive end, sophomore Becca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) collected six caused turnovers and six ground balls, both game-bests.
Scranton will next visit No. 11 Ithaca on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. for a non-conference game.
The University of Scranton baseball team opened its season on Sunday, March 4, at Kean University in Union, N.J. The Royals suffered a hard-fought 2-1 loss in that game.
Scranton received a strong pitching performance from senior lefty Brian Markowski (Mountain Top, Pa./Crestwood) and sophomore righty Bobby Hegarty (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh). Markowski took the loss after allowing two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out two in four innings. Hegarty worked four shutout innings of relief, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out one.
Senior center fielder Tommy Trotter (Cranford, N.J/Cranford) and senior catcher Kevin Nolan (Ossining, N.Y./Fordham Prep) both had two hits and a stolen base. Senior shortstop Justin Howell (Millington, N.J./Watchung Hills) also had a double. Freshman left fielder Connor Harding (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal Central) drove in the team's only run in the fourth inning.
The baseball team will return to action on Saturday, March 10, when it takes on Maritime (N.Y.) in a doubleheader at 1:30 p.m. to start a six-day, seven-game spring break trip to Fort Pierce, Fla.
This Week in University of Scranton Athletics
Wednesday, March 7
Men's lacrosse – at King's (4 p.m.)
Thursday, March 8
Women's lacrosse – at Ithaca (4 p.m.)
Friday, March 9
Women's basketball – vs. Bowdoin, NCAA Tournament sectional round (7 p.m.)
Saturday, March 10
Softball – vs. Delaware Valley, at Clermont, Fla. (11:30 a.m.)
Baseball – vs. Maritime (N.Y.), DH, at Fort Pierce, Fla. (1:30 p.m.)
Softball – vs. New England College, at Clermont, Fla. (2 p.m.)
Women's lacrosse – at Shenandoah (3 p.m.)
Women's basketball – vs. TBA, NCAA Tournament sectional final (6 p.m.)
Sunday, March 11
Women's tennis – vs. Stevens, at Orlando, Fla. (TBA)
Softball – vs. St. Mary's (Ind.), at Clermont, Fla. (2 p.m.)
Baseball – vs. Hood, at Fort Pierce, Fla. (2 p.m.)
Softball – vs. Transylvania, at Clermont, Fla. (4:30 p.m.)