Royal Review: March 25-31 (No. 29 in a weekly series)

Senior midfielder Dillon McInerney had three goals in Scranton's 10-7 win over Drew on Thursday, March 28.
Senior midfielder Dillon McInerney had three goals in Scranton's 10-7 win over Drew on Thursday, March 28.

Men’s Lacrosse (5-3, 2-0 Landmark)

The University of Scranton men’s lacrosse team did something it hadn’t done in nearly a decade when it defeated Drew University, 10-7, on Thursday, March 28, in Madison, N.J.

In the Royals’ first win over the Rangers since 2004, Senior midfielder Dillon McInerney (Hawthorne, N.J./Bergen Catholic) and junior attacker Gus Sturm (Devon, Pa./Conastoga) led Scranton with three goals apiece and senior attacker Taylor Nelson (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) finished with two goals and an assist.  The Royals also received a goal and two assists from junior midfielder John Gregitis (Wayne, Pa./St. Joseph’s Preparatory), a goal from freshman midfielder Brad Elkin (West Chester, Pa./Malvern Preparatory), and three assists from junior midfielder Mike Deliberti (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe)

The Royals return to action on Wednesday, April 3, when they host FDU-Florham at 7 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.

Baseball (12-7, 3-2 Landmark)

The University of Scranton baseball team traveled to central Florida over spring break and went 6-1, including wins in its last six games.

The Royals opened the trip with a 13-3 loss to Southern Maine on Monday, March 25, in Winter Haven, Fla. Senior right fielder Greg Monastra (West Chester, Pa./Cardinal O’Hara) had an RBI single in the loss.

A day later, Scranton rebounded with a pair of thrilling victories in a doubleheader against Western Connecticut State in Auburndale, Fla. The Royals won the opener, 12-11, on a walk-off RBI single by senior Anthony Duchnowski (Dunmore, Pa./Holy Cross). Sophomore second baseman Justin Klingman (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) singled, doubled, tripled, drove in four runs and scored a run, and junior outfielder Michael Gaeta (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) singled, doubled, tripled, scored three runs and drove in one in the victory. 

In the second game, the Royals overcame a five-run deficit in the final inning with seven runs to stun the Colonials, 11-9. Sophomore Michael Umerich (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) had a game-tying two-run single and sophomore Ross Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights/Blair Academy, N.J.) followed with a go-ahead two-run homer in the game-winning rally. Umerich finished with three hits and sophomore second baseman Matt Maghini (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) had two singles, three runs and two RBIs.

On Wednesday, March 27, the Royals swept Crown (Minn.), 26-0 and 4-0. Senior lefty Bobby Della Polla (Havertown, Pa./St. Joseph’s Prep) struck out 18 in a complete game shutout in the opener. Senior righty Matt Marinelli (Westbury, N.Y./Holy Trinity) struck out nine in a complete game shutout in the second game. Junior third baseman Mike Trabulsi (Malverne, N.Y./Chaminade) had five hits in the opener and senior shortstop Tim LeCompte (Philadelphia, Pa./Roman Catholic) added four hits and five RBIs. In the second game, freshman outfielder Kyle Hamer (Germantown, Md./St. John’s College H.S.) had an RBI triple.

On Thursday, March 28, the Royals swept Houghton, 3-2 in 12 innings and 12-2. In the opener, freshman catcher Dominick Gulius (Laflin, Pa./Coughlin) came off the bench to score twice and start the game-winning rally in the 12th with a one-out single. Sophomore righty Josh Bayzick (Sugarloaf, Pa./Hazleton Area) tossed a pair of shutout innings for the win, and senior catcher Michael Amaturo (Rye, N.Y./Rye) went 3-for-3 to cap a trip during which he hit .629.

In the second game, sophomore righty Matt Calamoneri (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) and freshman lefty Ashton Short (Downingtown, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) combined on a one-hitter. Calamoneri allowed two runs on one hit and one walk while striking out four in six innings for the win. Short struck out two in his perfect inning. Umerich, LeCompte and Trabulsi each had two RBIs in the victory.

The Royals are back in action on Monday, April 1, when they face cross-town rival Marywood on the road at 3 p.m.

Women’s Lacrosse (4-3, 0-1 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women’s lacrosse team lost a heartbreaker on Thursday, March 28, falling to Catholic, 17-16, at Fitzpatrick Field.

Senior attacker Deanna Giorno (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) tied her career-high for the second time in her last three games with six goals and sophomore midfielder Emily Goss (Morristown, N.J./Morristown) and junior attacker Kerry Sullivan (Oceanport, N.J./Shore Regional) contributed five and three goals, respectively, for Scranton.

The Royals, who had a three-game winning streak snapped to fall to 4-3 overall and 0-1 in the league, also received a goal and two assists from senior attacker Kaitlin Lazorko (Philadelphia, Pa./Nazareth Academy), a goal from senior midfielder Jilliana DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) and two assists from freshman midfielder Erin Allen (Syosset, NY/Our Lady of Mercy Academy).

Scranton is back in action on Wednesday, March 3, when it hosts Misericordia at 4 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.

Men’s Tennis (1-3)

The University of Scranton men’s tennis team went 1-2 during its spring break trip to Hilton Head, S.C.

The Royals opened the trip with a 9-0 loss to Colby on Monday, March 25. They bounced back to defeat Concordia (Wis.), 7-2, on Tuesday, March 26, as the Royals won all six singles matches in straight sets.  Scranton also picked up a point in doubles when the number one duo of senior Tim McGurrin (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) and junior David Teres (Lebanon, N.J./North Hunterdon) won, 8-4.

McGurrin earned his first win in singles this year and the 31st of his career with a 6-0, 6-4 victory in the number one spot in the lineup.  Teres earned a 6-1, 6-0 victory at two, while senior Joe Morra (Bronx, N.Y./Fordham Preparatory) won, 6-1, 6-1, at three. Scranton also picked up wins from seniors Mike Pannone (Maplewood, N.J./Seton Hall Preparatory) and Bennett Kelley (Pennington, N.J./Hopewell Valley Central), and junior Brian Williams (Lebanon, N.J./North Hunterdon)

On Wednesday, March 27, the Royals fell to Oneonta State, 5-4. Teres won both of his matches, teaming with McGurrin to record a 8-4 victory at the number one doubles.  In singles, Teres won 6-2, 6-0 at the number two spot. The Royals' other win in singles was recorded by Kelley, who carded a 6-2, 6-7 (3-7), 1-0 (10-3) win at the number six position. Scranton also won the number two doubles, as Morra and Pannone won, 8-6.

Scranton is back in action on Wednesday, April 3, when it hosts Drew at 3 p.m.

Women’s Tennis (2-4)

The University of Scranton women’s tennis team traveled to Hilton Head, S.C. over spring break and went 1-3.

The Royals opened the trip with a 9-0 loss to University of Chicago on Monday, March 25. On Wednesday, March 27, the Royals dropped a pair of matches – 7-2 to St. Benedict and 8-1 to Carroll. Against St. Benedict, the Royals picked up both of their points in doubles, as the sophomore tandem of Megan Azzalina (Easton, Pa./Notre Dame) and Nicole Mahaffey (Harrisburg, Pa./Trinity) won, 8-6. Senior captain Lindsay Ward (Bensalem, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) and freshman Courtney Barron (New City, N.Y./Clarkstown South) also won, 8-4. Against Carroll, Azzalina and Mahaffey pulled out a 9-8 (7-4) victory for the Royals’ only point.

Scranton bounced back to sweep Franklin, 9-0, on Saturday, March 30. The Royals received two wins apiece from Ward, junior Devon Cohen (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham), Azzalina, Mahaffey, Barron and freshman Emily Walsh (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Preparatory).

Men’s Golf (6-0)

The University of Scanton men’s golf team opened its spring season by finishing third at the Moravian Invitational at Woodstone Country Club in Danielsville, Pa. on Thursday, March 28. The Royals shot 327 to finish 13 shots behind Keystone, which won the title with a total of 314.

Junior Charles Hudacek (Moosic, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) shot a seven-over-par 79 to finish in a six-way tie for 12th place to lead the Royals. Senior captain Justin Riley (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield) was next for Scranton with an 81, followed by sophomore Erik Meyer (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) with an 82, and junior Grant Gulick (Binghamton, NY/Johnson City) carded an 85.  Riley, Meyer, and Gulick finished tied for 18th, tied for 22nd, and tied for 32nd, respectively.

The Royals are back on the course on Monday, April 1, when they face FDU-Florham at 1 p.m. at Morris County Golf Club in Morristown, N.J.

This Week In University of Scranton Athletics

Monday, April 1
Baseball – at Marywood (3 p.m.)
Men’s golf – at FDU-Florham (1 p.m.)

Tuesday, April 2
Softball – Drew (DH, 6 p.m.)
Women’s tennis – Drew (3:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, April 3
Baseball – at Wilkes (4 p.m.)
Men’s golf – at Baptist Bible College (1 p.m.)
Men’s lacrosse – FDU-Florham (7 p.m.)
Women’s lacrosse – Misericordia (4 p.m.)
Men’s tennis – Drew (3 p.m.)

Thursday, April 4
Baseball – Misericordia (4 p.m.)
Softball – at PSU-Abington (DH, 4 p.m.)
Women’s tennis – at Juniata (3:30 p.m.)

Saturday, April 6
Baseball – Susquehanna (DH, 1 p.m.)
Men’s lacrosse – at Merchant Marine Academy (1 p.m.)|
Women’s lacrosse – Goucher (1 p.m.)
Softball – at Juniata (DH, 1 p.m.)
Men’s tennis – at Catholic (1 p.m.)
Women’s tennis – at Catholic (1 p.m.)

Sunday, April 7
Baseball – Susquehanna (noon)
Men’s golf – at Utica Invitational (noon)
Softball – Hunter (DH, 1 p.m.)

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