Royal Review: April 9-15

Royal Review: April 9-15

Softball (19-5, 6-2 Landmark)

The University of Scranton softball team went 5-3 last week, splitting three doubleheaders before earning an important Landmark Conference sweep of Elizabethtown on Sunday at Magis Field.

The Royals split twinbills at Susquehanna (L, 11-1, W, 1-0), Misericordia (L, 4-2, W, 4-1), and Catholic (L, 2-1, W, 4-3) before taking two from Elizabethtown (W, 3-1, W, 3-0), which clinched a playoff berth for the Royals.

Senior Morgan Rentzheimer (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) became the program's all-time leader in starts by a pitcher with the 66th start of career on Sunday against Elizabethtown. Rentzheimer also tied Scranton's all-time record for strikeouts by a pitcher with the 334th of her career, which came against the Blue Jays.

Freshman Jennifer Sweeney (Dumont, N.J./Dumont) continued her outstanding rookie season both at the plate in in the circle.  Sweeney collected a team-leading 13 hits on the week including three home runs while adding six RBI.  She also won all four games she pitched in, posting a 0.93 ERA with two complete game shutouts.

Scranton will return to action on Tuesday with a non-conference doubleheader against Keystone starting at 5 p.m. at Magis Field.

Baseball (10-11, 3-4 Landmark)

The University of Scranton baseball team went 2-3 last week as all five games were played at Volpe Field at the Quinn Athletics Campus.

On Monday, April 9, the Royals lost a slugfest against Marywood, 19-18. Sophomore first baseman Kevin Haag (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining/Bridgton Academy) singled twice, tripled, drove in four runs and scored one. Sophomore shortstop Travis Adams (Clark, N.J./St. Joseph's-Metuchen) had three hits, two runs, an RBI and a stolen base.

Two days later, the Royals rebounded to defeat DeSales, 10-7. Haag led the offense with two singles, a double, three RBIs and two runs scored. Senior center fielder Tommy Trotter (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) doubled twice and scored three times.

On Saturday, April 14, the Royals dropped both ends of a Landmark Conference doubleheader against Catholic, losing 12-5 and 6-2. Senior catcher Kevin Nolan (Ossining, N.Y./Fordham Prep) had four hits, a run, an RBI and five stolen bases on the day.

The baseball team capped the week by defeating Catholic, 4-2, in the final game of their Landmark Conference series on Sunday. Senior second baseman Brad Schneider (Ambler, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.) drove in three runs, junior righty Pat Rohr (Audubon, Pa./Devon Prep) worked seven strong innings on the mound for the win, and junior righty Bryan Carmon (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central) pitched two scoreless innings for the save.

The Royals will be back in action on Tuesday, April 17, when they travel to Wayne, N.J. to face William Paterson at 7 p.m.

Men's Lacrosse (8-5, 2-2 Landmark)

The University of Scranton men's lacrosse team dropped its only game of the week, falling at Elizabethtown, 12-6, in a Landmark Conference game on Saturday, April 14.

Sophomore midfielder Joe Hill (South Hempstead, N.Y./South Side) had a goal and an assist to lead the Royals' attack.

The men's lacrosse team will be back in action on Wednesday, April 18, when the Royals travel to Madison, N.J. to face Drew in a Landmark Conference game at 7 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse (7-6, 3-1 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women's lacrosse split a pair of games last week, bouncing back from a 14-11 setback at Oneonta on Wednesday to defeat Elizabethtown 19-13 in a Landmark Conference game on Saturday at Fitzpatrick Field.

In Wednesday's non-conference setback to the Red Dragons, freshman Jill Henson (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) led all players with four goals while junior Elena Gallo (East Meadow, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) netted a hat trick. 

On Saturday, Gallo scored a career-high eight goals, including the 100th of her career, and sophomore Shannon Warburton (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) added a career-best five tallies to lead the Royals past the Blue Jays. 

Freshman Lauren Devlin (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) made seven saves in relief to earn the victory in goal.

Scranton will next host Drew in a Landmark Conference on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.

Women's Tennis (13-3, 4-0 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women's tennis team remained unbeaten in Landmark Conference play with a pair of victories over the weekend.  The Royals defeated Moravian 7-2 on Saturday on the Royal Courts before posting an 8-1 victory at Elizabethtown on Sunday. 

The Royals honored seniors Julia Frattaroli (Newtown, Conn./Newtown) and Katherine Loughlin (Binghamton, N.Y./Seton Catholic Central) prior to Saturday's match against the Greyhounds.

Frattaroli, sophomore Nastashia DeNunzio (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore), junior Emilia Jakubek (Honesdale, Pa./Scranton Prep), and freshman Tatiana Klacko (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep) all won two matches apiece to lead Scranton to the win over Moravian.

On Sunday, Frattaroli, DeNunzio, Jakubek, and Klacko again won two matches apiece as the Royals cruised past the Blue Jays to retain sole possession of first place in the Landmark Conference standings.

Scranton will next host Drew in a Landmark Conference match on Wednesday starting at 4:00 p.m. on the Royal Courts.

Men's Tennis (8-3, 3-1)

The University of Scranton men's tennis team won a pair of Landmark Conference matches over the weekend, defeating Moravian on Saturday, 9-0 at the Royal Courts before posting a 9-0 victory at Elizabethtown on Sunday.

Prior to Saturday's match, the Royals honored seniors Christian Aksu (Exton, Pa./West Chester East), Keller McGurrin (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep), and Emmett Ryan (Manchester, Mass./Canterbury School).

Aksu, McGurrin, junior Alexander Ochalski (Hopewell, N.J./Hopewell Valley Central), and junior Brian Harkins (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield) won two matches each as Scranton cruised past Moravian.

In Sunday's big win at Elizabethtown, McGurrin, Ochalski, Harkins, freshman Tarquin McGurrin (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep), and junior Charles Swope (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) won two matches apiece to lead the Royals.

Scranton will return to action on Wednesday with a home match against Drew starting at 4:00 p.m. on the Royal Courts.

Women's Track & Field

The University of Scranton women's track & field team competed in the Coach P Invitational at Moravian on Friday and Saturday, facing competition from all three NCAA divisions.

Scranton's top performer on the weekend was sophomore Caroline Banas (Dallas, Pa./Holy Redeemer), who finished fourth in the high jump, clearing 1.60 meters (5 feet, 3 inches).

The men's track & field team will be back in action on Saturday, April 21, when the Royals compete in the All-American Meet at East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, Pa.

Men's Track & Field

The University of Scranton men's track & field team had five student-athletes earn top-20 finishes at the Coach P Invitational at Moravian on Friday and Saturday, April 13-14, while competing against a mix of competition from all three NCAA divisions.

The top finisher for the Royals was sophomore Eric Bartlett (Sayville, N.Y./Sayville), who was 11th in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:25.01.

The men's track & field team will be back in action on Saturday, April 21, when the Royals compete in the All-American Meet at East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, Pa.

Men's Golf (9-1)

The men's golf team had a good week, going 3-0 in a pair of events as the Royals get their spring season going full swing.

On Friday, April 13, the Royals rolled to a 309-430 win over Keystone at Stonehedge Golf Course in Tunkhannock, Pa. Freshman Thomas McAuliffe (Reiserstown, Md./Loyola-Blakefield) earned medalist honors with a 4-over-par 75, matching his career low. Senior Michael Boland (Dallas, Pa./Holy Redeemer) shot a season-low 76.

A day later, the Royals edged Marywood, 306-309, and defeated Clarks Summit, 306-454, at Scranton Municipal Golf Course in Mt. Cobb, Pa. Junior Erik Ridley (Allentown, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) led the team with a 74 as the Royals had four golfers shoot 80.

The men's golf team is scheduled to return to action on Wednesday, April 18, when they host Wilkes and Marywood at 1 p.m. at Glenmaura National Golf Club.

Women's Golf (4-4)

The women's golf team dropped a pair of matches against Marywood as the team got its spring season underway last week.

On Thursday, April 12, the Royals fell to the Pacers in match play, 5-0, at Glenmaura National Golf Club. Two days later in a stroke play event, Marywood scored a 363-387 win over the Royals. Junior Maura McDonough (Dunmore, Pa./Holy Cross) led the Royals with a 91 on Saturday.

The women's golf team will be back in action on Thursday, April 19, when the Royals face Keystone at Stonehedge Golf Course at 12:30 p.m. in Tunkhanock, Pa.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Tuesday, April 17
Baseball – at William Paterson (4 p.m.)
Softball – vs. Keystone, DH (5 p.m.)

Wednesday, April 18
Men's golf – vs. Wilkes/Marywood (1 p.m.)
Women's lacrosse – vs. Drew (4 p.m.)
Softball – vs. Marywood (4 p.m.)
Men's tennis – vs. Drew (4 p.m.)
Women's tennis – vs. Drew (4 p.m.)
Baseball – vs. Widener (5 p.m.)
Men's lacrosse – at Drew (7 p.m.)

Thursday, April 19
Women's golf – at Keystone, Stonehedge G.C. (12:30 p.m.)

Saturday, April 21
Men's track & field – at All-American Meet, East Stroudsburg Univ. (9:30 a.m.)
Women's track & field – at All-American Meet, East Stroudsburg Univ. (9:30 a.m.)
Women's golf – vs. Marywood, Glenmaura G.C. (12 p.m.)
Baseball – at Drew, DH (12:30 p.m.)
Men's lacrosse – vs. Susquehanna (1 p.m.)
Women's lacrosse – at Susquehanna (1 p.m.)
Softball – vs. Drew, DH (1 p.m.)
Women's tennis – at Susquehanna (1 p.m.)
Men's tennis – at Susquehanna (1 p.m.)

Sunday, April 22
Men's golf – Glenmaura National Collegiate Invitational, first round (12 p.m.)
Men's tennis – at Juniata (12 p.m.)
Women's tennis – at Juniata (12 p.m.)
Baseball – at Drew (12 p.m.)

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