Royal Review: March 18-24 (No. 28 in a weekly series)

Senior midfielder Dillon McInerney had a goal and two assists as men's lacrosse opened Landmark Conference play with an 11-4 win over Washington & Jefferson on Saturday.
Senior midfielder Dillon McInerney had a goal and two assists as men's lacrosse opened Landmark Conference play with an 11-4 win over Washington & Jefferson on Saturday.

Men’s lacrosse (4-3, 1-0 Landmark)

The University of Scranton men’s lacrosse team opened Landmark Conference play by defeating Washington & Jefferson, 11-4, on Saturday, March 23, at Fitzpatrick Field. 

Senior attacker Kevin Brier (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West), senior defender Tim Cleary (Shrewbury, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) and sophomore attacker Will Mahle (Montgomery, N.J./Montgomery) led a balanced Scranton attack with two goals apiece and senior midfielder Dillon McInerney (Hawthorne, N.J./Bergen Catholic) and senior attacker Taylor Nelson (Chester Spring, Pa./Downingtown East) each had a goal and two assists.

Senior goalkeeper Ben Worthington (Jenkintown, Pa./Archbishop Wood) finished with 11 saves, the sixth time this season he has made 10-or-more saves in a game. 

Scranton is back in action on Thursday, March 28, when they face Landmark Conference foe Drew University at 7 p.m. in Madison, N.J.

Women’s lacrosse (4-2)

The University of Scranton women’s lacrosse team pushed its winning streak to four by winning a pair of games during the week – 15-14 in double overtime at Montclair State on Thursday, March 21, and 16-7 over King’s College on Saturday, March 23, at Fitzpatrick Field. 

In the win over Montclair State, senior attacker Deanna Giorno (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) scored seven goals, including the game-winner in the second overtime period, to lift the Royals to a dramatic win over previously unbeaten Montclair State.

Scranton also received five goals from sophomore midfielder Emily Goss (Morristown, N.J./Morristown), a goal and two assists from senior midfielder Jilliana DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon), and a goal and an assist from freshman midfielder Erin Allen (Syosset, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy Academy)

Junior attacker Kerry Sullivan (Oceanport, N.J./Shore Regional) also scored the 100th goal of her career in the victory.

Against King’s, Goss led the way with five goals, all in the first half. Scranton also received two goals apiece from DePaolera, Sullivan, Allen and freshmen midfielder Bridget Gallaher (Toms River, N.J./Toms River East)

The Royals return to action on Thursday, March 28, when they open Landmark Conference play when they face Catholic University at 1 p.m. in Washington, D.C.

Baseball (6-6, 3-2 Landmark)

The University of Scranton baseball team went 1-2 in a three-game Landmark Conference series at Merchant Marine Academy on Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23. 

The Royals dropped the opener on Friday, 13-2, despite two hits and an RBI from junior third baseman Mike Trabulsi (Malverne, N.Y./Chaminade).

Scranton lost the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader, 4-3, despite three hits, including a solo home run, and two runs scored from sophomore first baseman Ross Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights/Blair Academy, N.J.)

The Royals bounced back to win the second game, 6-1, behind a complete game seven-hitter from sophomore righty Matt Calamoneri (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough). He struck out seven while allowing seven hits and no walks. Junior outfielder Michael Gaeta (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) had three hits, scored twice, stole two bases and scored a run in the win.

Scranton returns to action when it faces Southern Maine on Monday at 2 p.m. in Winter Haven, Fla., the first game of a seven-game trip during spring break. 

Softball (2-4)

The University of Scranton dropped a pair of games at King’s on Thursday, March 21, in the team’s only action of the week.

Scranton out-hit the Monarchs, 9-3, but stranded 12 runners on base en route to a 3-1 loss in the opener. In the second game, the Royals failed to convert on a couple of early scoring opportunities and suffered an 8-0 setback in five innings. 

Senior Kristen Williams (Monroe, N.Y./Monroe Woodbury) and sophomore Gabrielle Santarelli (Peckville, Pa./Valley View) both singled and doubled, and losing pitcher Jamie Hampsey (Tunkhannock, Pa./Tunkhannock) and fellow freshman Maria Gentile (Jefferson Township, Pa./North Pocono) smacked two hits for the Royals in the first game. Gentile added a double in the second game.

The Royals are back in action on Monday, March 25, when they travel to Hackettstown, N.J. to face Centenary in a doubleheader at 3 p.m. 

Men’s & women’s tennis

The men’s and women’s tennis teams had their season openers postponed again by chilly, inclement weather. They are both scheduled to open their seasons in Hilton Head, S.C. this week.

 This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Monday, March 25
Baseball – vs. Southern Maine, Winter Haven, Fla. (2 p.m.)
Softball – at Centenary (DH, 3 p.m.)
Men’s tennis – vs. Colby, Hilton Head, S.C. (11:30 a.m.)
Women’s tennis – vs. Chicago, Hilton Head, S.C. (11:30 a.m.)

Tuesday, March 26
Baseball – vs. Western Connecticut St., Auburndale, Fla. (DH, 1:30 p.m.)
Softball – at Gwynedd-Mercy (DH, 3 p.m.)
Men’s tennis – vs. Concordia, Hilton Head, S.C. (9 a.m.)

Wednesday, March 27
Baseball – vs. Crown, Winter Haven, Fla. (DH, noon)
Women’s tennis – vs. St. Benedict, Hilton Head, S.C. (8:30 a.m.)
Women’s tennis – vs. Carroll, Hilton Head, S.C. (6:30 p.m.)

Thursday, March 28
Baseball – vs. Houghton, Auburndale, Fla. (DH, 10 a.m.)
Golf – at Moravian Tournament (noon)
Men’s lacrosse – at Drew (7 p.m.)
Women’s lacrosse – at Catholic (1 p.m.)
Men’s tennis – vs. Oneonta St., Hilton Head, S.C. (9 a.m.)

Saturday, March 30
Women’s tennis – vs. Franklin (8 a.m.)