The University of Scranton softball team reeled off six straight wins to close its Spring Break trip to Florida with an 8-2 record as the Royals are off to the best start since the 2012 season.
Scranton posted victories over Ripon (4-2), Minnesota-Morris (6-5), Concordia (Wis.) (1-0), MCLA (8-0), Fredonia (5-2), and UMass-Boston (4-1).
Senior Morgan Rentzheimer (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) and freshman Jennifer Sweeney (Dumont, N.J./Dumont) led the Royals with strong pitching performances on the week as both earned three wins. Rentzheimer tossed three complete games while Sweeney and freshman Meaghan Dowdell (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) combined for Scranton's first no-hitter since 2011 in the win over MCLA.
Junior Molly Hampsey (Tunkhannock, Pa./Tunkhannock) totaled seven hits, four RBI, and four runs scored, sophomore Anna Price (Bordentown, N.J./Bordentown Regional) added six hits and three RBI, and junior Cyan Scarduzio (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining) added six hits and a pair of RBI.
Sweeney, sophomores Casey DeSarno (Wall Township, N.J./Wall) and Megan Zinn (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan), and freshman Mackenzie Duffy (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Lackawanna Trail) totaled five hits apiece on the week for the Royals.
Scranton will open Landmark Conference play on Saturday at Susquehanna starting at 1:00 p.m.
Men's Lacrosse (6-3)
The men's lacrosse team went 1-1 during the week, dropping a road game at Hampden-Sydney (10-8) on Monday before bouncing back to defeat Morrisville State (14-7) on Wednesday.
In the loss at Hampden-Sydney, sophomore attackman Connor Kirkwood (Millburn, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) and senior midfielder Conor Carey (Long Beach, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) led the Royals' attack with two goals and an assist each.
Against Morrisville State on Wednesday, sophomore midfielder Michael Elefonte (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) had a career-high six points on three goals and three assists. Kirkwood finished with four goals and Scranton also got three goals from sophomore midfielder Quinn Killeen (Berkeley Heights, N.J./New Providence) and two goals and two assists from junior attackman Tim Dolan(Garden City, N.Y./Garden City).
The men's lacrosse team is back in action on Wednesday, March 21, when the Royals host Misericordia at 5 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.
Women's Lacrosse (3-3)
The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team snapped a three-game losing skid with a dominating performance on Wednesday night, jumping out to a 13-0 halftime lead on its way to a 17-3 win at Piedmont.
The Royals used a balanced attack that saw 14 different players record a point including 10 players with multi-point efforts.
Juniors Katie Rogers (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's) and Elena Gallo (East Meadow, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial), sophomore Erin Ahern (Eastchester, N.Y./Eastchester), and freshmen Jill Henson (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy), Bridget Lalley (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge), and Raegen Dunn (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township) each scored two goals for the Royals while
Freshman Mary Kate Horton (Glen Rock, N.J./Glen Rock) led all players with three assists, senior Dana Siepietowski (Boyertown, Pa./Boyertown Area) led all players with three caused turnovers, and sophomore goalkeeper Erin Putnam (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks South) made three saves in the first half to earn the victory.
Scranton will close a season-opening seven game road trip at Marywood on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. before playing its home opener on Sunday against Goucher starting at 1:00 p.m. on Fitzpatrick Field.
Baseball (6-5, 2-1 Landmark)
The University of Scranton baseball team went 4-3 during the week, including winning two of three to open Landmark Conference play over the weekend.
The Royals' week began with a 12-6 win over Messiah during their spring break trip to Fort Pierce, Fla. on Monday. Senior center fielder Tommy Trotter (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) had four hits, three RBIs and scored a run, and junior righty Pat Rohr (Audubon, Pa./Devon Prep) threw 5 1/3 solid innings of relief to pick up the win.
On Wednesday, the Royals dropped a pair of games in Fort Pierce, losing to Kenyon, 6-5, and Earlham, 5-0. Against Kenyon, freshman left fielder Connor Harding (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal Central) had two hits, an RBI and a run, and senior right fielder Chase Standen (Newtown Square, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) had a two-run double.
In the loss to Earlham, senior righty Brian Jenkins (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) tossed 3 1/3 shutout innings, working around two hits and four walks while fanning two. Freshman righty Colin Sommers (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) had a successful collegiate debut, working 2 1/3 shutout innings, allowing two hits while fanning three.
On Thursday, the baseball team completed its spring break trip with a 5-4 win over Gettysburg in Fort Pierce. The Royals scored four times in the eighth inning to overcome a 4-1 deficit. Trotter delivered the go-ahead, RBI single in the eighth and Harding finished with three hits and two runs. Three relief pitchers – freshman Zack Papillo (Germantown, Md./Good Counsel), Christian Huckfeldt (Ambler, Pa./Upper Dublin) and Bryan Carmon (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central) combined for 6 2/3 shutouts innings.
On Saturday, the Royals opened Landmark Conference play by splitting a doubleheader at Juniata, winning 15-5 and losing 7-6. In the game one victory, Standen had a grand slam and finished with five RBIs and two runs. Senior shortstop Justin Howell (Millington, N.J./Watchung Hills) had three hits and scored three runs, and sophomore first baseman Kevin Haag (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining/Bridgton Academy) singled, drove in three runs and scored three runs.
In the game two loss, Standen homered again, this time a three-run shot, and Trotter doubled twice, scored twice and had an RBI.
On Sunday, the baseball team took its series at Juniata with a 17-4 win. Standen capped his monster weekend with another three-run home run and finished with four hits, six RBIs and four runs scored. In the three-game series, he went 8-for-14 with two doubles, three home runs, 14 RBIs and seven runs scored.
Junior first baseman Ian McIntosh (Newtown, Pa./La Salle College H.S.) had a double, two singles, drove in two and scored a run in the win. Trotter singled twice, drove in two and scored a run, and Howell singled twice, scored three runs and stole a base.
The baseball team is scheduled to return to action on Tuesday against Keystone at 5 p.m. However, wintry temperatures continue in the Scranton area, so schedule changes are possible.
Women's Tennis (9-3)
The University of Scranton women's tennis team went 2-1 in its final three matches of its Spring Break trip to bring back a 9-3 overall record to Scranton. The Royals defeated Renssaeler (5-4) and Roger Williams (6-3) before falling to Franklin & Marshall in its final contest in Florida, 7-2.
Sophomore Emily Kelly (West Chester, Pa./B. Reed Henderson) went 5-0 on the week, winning all three of her singles matches and adding two victories in doubles competition to lead Scranton.
Junior Elyse Smilnak (Hollidaysburg, Pa./Hollidaysburg) added four wins including a 3-0 mark in doubles play on the week while senior Julia Frattaroli (Newtown, Conn./Newtown) add a trio of victories for the Royals.
Scranton will be idle until Saturday, April 7 when it opens Landmark Conference play against Goucher at 1:00 p.m. on the Royal Courts in Scranton.
Men's Tennis (5-2)
The University of Scranton men's tennis team went 3-2 on its Spring Break trip to Florida. The Royals defeated Franciscan (5-4), Colby-Sawyer (5-4), and Roger Williams (7-2) while suffering losses to Division II Flagler (9-0) and Franklin & Marshall (9-0).
Junior Charles Swope (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) led Scranton with five victories on the week including three in singles action while junior Brian Harkins (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield) added four wins for the Royals.
Juniors Alexander Ochalski (Hopewell, N.J./Hopewell Valley Central) and Christian Aksu (Exton, Pa./West Chester East), along with freshmen Tarquin McGurrin (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep) and Connor Lemieux (Guilford, Conn./The Gunnery), all posted three wins apiece on the trip.
Scranton will return to action on Saturday, April 7 when it hosts Goucher in its Landmark Conference opener starting at 1:00 p.m. on the Royal Courts.
This Week in University of Scranton Athletics
Tuesday, March 20
Baseball – vs. Keystone (5 p.m.)
Wednesday, March 21
Men's lacrosse – vs. Misericordia (5 p.m.)
Women's lacrosse – at Marywood (7 p.m.)
Thursday, March 22
Baseball – vs. Muhlenberg (5 p.m.)
Saturday, March 24
Men's track & field – at Elizabethtown Early Bird Opener (9 a.m.)
Women's track & field – at Elizabethtown Early Bird Opener (9 a.m.)
Baseball – vs. Susquehanna, DH (12:30 p.m.)
Softball – at Susquehanna, DH (1 p.m.)
Men's lacrosse – at Goucher (1 p.m.)
Sunday, March 25
Baseball – vs. Susquehanna (12 p.m.)
Women's lacrosse – vs. Goucher (1 p.m.)