Royal Review: April 23-29

Royal Review: April 23-29

Baseball (17-16, 9-6 Landmark)

The University of Scranton baseball team had a roller coast week, but it ended on a high note as the Royals clinched a Landmark Conference playoff berth.

The Royals began their week by dropping both ends of a Landmark Conference doubleheader at Elizabethtown on Tuesday, April 24, losing 10-3 and 7-6. Senior catcher Kevin Nolan (Ossining, N.Y./Fordham Prep) and freshman left fielder Connor Harding (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal Central) both had four hits on the day.

On Thursday, April 26, Scranton dropped a non-conference game against Misericordia at Volpe Field, falling 10-4. Harding finished with two hits and a run, and junior designated hitter Ian McIntosh (Newtown, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.) had two RBIs.

On Saturday, the Royals won the opening game of their Landmark Conference series against Moravian, 8-5. Harding singled, doubled and scored three times, and senior Brian Markowski (Mountain Top, Pa./Crestwood) allowed two earned runs while going the distance on the mound.

Saturday's second game was suspended after an inning due to rain and lightning with the Royals leading, 9-3. When play resumed on Sunday, Scranton went on to post a 15-8 victory. Senior shortstop Justin Howell (Millington, N.J./Watchung Hills) had three hits, three RBIs and two runs, and Nolan singled, doubled, drove in three runs and scored twice.

In the final game of the series on Sunday, the Royals put together two stunning rallies to defeat the Greyhounds, 11-10, in 11 innings to clinch a playoff berth. Scranton trailed 8-1 going into the bottom of the seventh, but tied the game with six runs in the seventh and one in the eighth. Moravian took a 10-8 lead in the top of the 10th, but the Royals tied it again in the bottom half before winning it in the 11th on a walk-off RBI single by senior third baseman Patrick Mergel (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic).

Senior center fielder Tommy Trotter (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) had a huge game, going 5-for-6 with three RBIs and a run. He tied the game in the bottom of the eighth with an RBI double and tied it again in the bottom of the 10th with a two-run homer.

The Royals will be back in action on Monday at 6 p.m. when they host Lebanon Valley at Volpe Field. The Landmark Conference playoffs are scheduled for May 11-13 at Volpe Field.

Men's Lacrosse (10-6, 4-2 Landmark)

The University of Scranton men's lacrosse team completed its regular season with an 11-10 loss at Montclair State in a non-conference game on Saturday, April 28.

Sophomore attackman Connor Kirkwood (Millburn, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) led the attack with three goals, giving him 45 on the season, a new Scranton single-season record. He surpassed the previous record of 44, set by Greg O'Neill in 1998 and matched by Joe Empirio in 1999.

Senior midfielder Conor Carey (Long Beach, N.Y./Chaminade) added two goals and an assist, and senior attackman Matt Carfaro (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris) and freshman midfielder Jalen Holmes (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) had two goals each.

The Royals are the no. 4 seed for this week's Landmark Conference playoffs and will visit top-seeded Susquehanna on Wednesday for a semifinal matchup at 4 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse (11-6, 6-1 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team closed out the regular season with a pair of wins, defeating Cabrini 18-9 on Tuesday before posting its first shutout since 2003 with a 20-0 victory over Juniata on Saturday as the Royals celebrated their Senior Day.

In Tuesday's win over Cabrini, sophomore Shannon Warburton (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) scored a career-high six goals while junior Christine Olert (Katonah, N.Y./Somers) recorded the 100th point of her collegiate career. 

Sophomore Becca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) totaled five ground balls, three caused turnovers, and three draw controls while sophomore Erin Putnam (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks South) and freshman Lauren Devlin (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) made seven saves apiece in the win.

On Saturday, the Royals honored seniors Kailyn Angelo (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy), Katie Doyle (Media, Pa./Penncrest), Dana Siepietowski (Boyertown, Pa./Boyertown Area), Rachel Strock (Holliston, Mass./Holliston), Morgan Windisch (Williston Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy), and Amanda Trumpore (Warren, N.J./Watchung Hills Regional) before posting the lopsided victory over Juniata.

Junior Elena Gallo (East Meadow, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) led Scranton with four goals as 16 players recorded at least one point while Trumpore, Devlin, and Putnam combined for the shutout in goal.

Scranton will host Moravian in a Landmark Conference semifinal on Wednesday starting at 7:00 p.m. on Fitzpatrick Field.

Softball (31-9, 9-3 Landmark)

The University of Scranton softball team went 7-3 in the final week of the regular season, setting a new program record for wins in a season in the process and claiming the #2 seed in the Landmark Conference playoffs.

The Royals swept twinbills from King's and Muhlenberg while splitting with Wilkes, Moravian, and DeSales.

Scranton's 3-1, game two victory over Moravian, who is currently ranked 6th in the country, secured the #2 seed in the Landmark Conference playoffs for the Royals, who became the only Landmark Conference team to defeat the Greyhounds this spring.

Freshman Jennifer Sweeney (Dumont, N.J./Dumont) set a Scranton single-season record for wins by her pitcher by posting her 16th victory of the year in Sunday's game two triumph over DeSales.

Sweeney also had a big week at the plate, totaling 13 hits including two doubles and one home run while contributing nine RBI and scoring six runs.  Sophomore Megan Zinn (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) also totaled 13 hits, freshman Mackenzie Duffy (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Lackawanna Trail) had nine hits and scored eight runs, and junior Molly Hampsey (Tunkhannock, Pa./Tunkhannock) added nine hits.

Sophomore Anna Price (Bordentown, N.J./Bordentown Regional) collected seven RBI while senior Morgan Rentzheimer (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) and freshman Maggie Donnelly (New Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy Academy) connected on home runs during the week.

Scranton will open the double-elimination Landmark Conference Championship Tournament at Moravian on Friday.  The Royals will take on #3 seed Susquehanna in a first round matchup at 1:00 p.m.

Men's Tennis (12-3, 6-1)

The men's tennis team completed its regular season with a 9-0 win over Clarks Summit on Tuesday, April 24, at Royal Courts.

All six Royals in the lineup posted wins in both singles and doubles. They were: junior Brian Harkins (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield), freshman Tarquin McGurrin (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep), junior Christian Aksu (Exton, Pa./Downingtown East), junior Charles Swope (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley), freshman Connor Lemieux (Guilford, Conn./The Gunnery) and senior Emmett Ryan (Manchester, Mass./Canterbury School).

The Royals will host Juniata in a Landmark Conference semifinal match on Wednesday, May 2, at 3 p.m. at Royal Courts.

Women's Track & Field

Sophomore Caroline Banas (Dallas, Pa./Holy Redeemer) won the high jump and freshman Abigail Guziewicz (Peckville, Pa./Holy Cross) won the 5,000-meter run to lead The University of Scranton women's track & field team at the Monarch Open on Saturday at King's College.

Banas won the high jump by clearing 1.67 meters (5 feet, 5.75 inches), matching her own Landmark Conference outdoor record, which she set on April 7 at the Muhlenberg Invitational. She has now won the high jump in three of the team's four outdoor events after earning All-American honors in the event during the indoor season.

Guziewicz earned her first victory by crossing the line in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 19:37.34, the best time by a Royal in the event this season.

The women's track & field team will be back in action on Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6, when the Royals compete in the Landmark Conference championships at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pa.

Men's Track & Field

Sophomore Maxwell Greene (Brewster, N.Y./Brewster) won the 5,000-meter run to pace The University of Scranton men's track & field team at the Monarch Open at King's College on Saturday.

Greene won the race with a time of 16:08.91 for his first victory of his career. His effort led six Royals who posted top-five finishes in the meet.

Three Royals posted second-place finishes on Saturday. Freshman David Gerace (Pitman, N.J./Pitman) was second in the shot put with a throw of 12.57 meters (41 feet, 3 inches), the best throw of the season for the team. Junior Mark Merli (Peckville, Pa./Valley View) was second in the long jump with a leap of 6.15 meters (20 feet, 2.25 inches). And junior Matt Barrett (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) finished second in the 1,500-meter run, finishing in 4:17.29.

The Royals will return to action on Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6, in the Landmark Conference Championships at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pa. Saturday's action starts at 9:15 a.m. with Sunday's action set to start at 9 a.m.

Women's Golf (4-5)

The University of Scranton women's golf team posted a two-day total of 833 to finish fourth at the inaugural Landmark Conference women's golf championships on Sunday at Susquehanna Valley Country Club.

The Royals were by sophomore Brianna Stein (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge), who finished tied for ninth with a two-day total of 203. Senior Julie Cranney (Exton, Pa./Downingtown East) was 11th with 205 and senior Katie Allen (New Milford, Conn./Immaculate H.S.) finished in a tie for 12th at 210.

The Landmark Conference championships bring an end to the season for the Royals. 

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Monday, April 30
Baseball – vs. Lebanon Valley (6 p.m.)

Tuesday, May 1
Men's tennis – vs. Elizabethtown, Landmark Conference semifinal (4 p.m.)
Baseball – vs. Stevens Tech (7 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 2
Women's tennis – vs. Juniata, Landmark Conference semifinal (3 p.m.)
Men's lacrosse – at Susquehanna, Landmark Conference semifinal (4 p.m.)
Women's lacrosse – vs. Moravian, Landmark Conference semifinal (7 p.m.)

Thursday, May 3
Baseball – vs. Keystone (5 p.m.)

Friday, May 4
Softball – vs. Susquehanna, at Moravian, Landmark Conference playoffs (1 p.m.)

Saturday, May 5
Men's track & field – at Landmark Conference Championships, Elizabethtown, Pa. (9:15 a.m.)
Women's track & field – at Landmark Conference Championships, Elizabethtown, Pa. (9:15 a.m.)
Men's golf – Landmark Conference Championships, Glenmaura National G.C. (TBA)
Baseball – vs. Susquehanna, DH (12:30 p.m.)
Softball – Landmark Conference playoffs, at Moravian (TBA)

Sunday, May 6
Men's track & field – at Landmark Conference Championships, Elizabethtown, Pa. (9:15 a.m.)
Women's track & field – at Landmark Conference Championships, Elizabethtown, Pa. (9:15 a.m.)
Men's golf – Landmark Conference Championships, Glenmaura National G.C. (TBA)
Baseball – vs. Susquehanna (12 p.m.)

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