Royal Review: April 8-14 (No. 31 in a weekly series)
Men’s lacrosse (8-4, 4-0 Landmark)
The University of Scranton men’s lacrosse team split a pair of games during the week, but clinched a Landmark Conference playoff berth thanks to a victory on the weekend.
On Tuesday, April 9, the Royals lost in overtime at 15th-ranked Franklin & Marshall, 7-6. Senior midfielder Dillon McInerney (Hawthorne, N.J./Bergen Catholic) led the Royals, which had a six-game winning streak snapped — its longest since 1999 and one away from setting a new school record — with two goals and senior attacker Taylor Nelson (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) finished with a goal and an assists.
On Saturday, April 13, the Royals clinched a playoff berth with a 9-3 win over Susquehanna at Fitzpatrick Field. Senior goalkeeper Ben Worthington (Jenkintown, Pa./Archbishop Wood) finished with nine saves and junior attacker Gus Sturm (Devon, Pa./Conastoga) finished with three goals, and Nelson and McInerney combined for four goals and three assists.
Scranton is back in action on Wednesday, April 17, when it travels to Hackettstown, N.J. to take on Centenary at 3:30 p.m.
Baseball (18-12, 7-4 Landmark)
The University of Scranton baseball team went 3-2 during the week, including a victory over ninth-ranked Ramapo College on Tuesday, April 9.
In the 8-2 victory at Ramapo, senior right-hander Matt Marinelli (Westbury, N.Y./Holy Trinity) tossed a complete game, scattering 11 hits while walking two and striking out two. Junior third baseman Mike Trabulsi (Malverne, N.Y./Chaminade) had two hits, two RBIs and a run scored and had a strong game in the field in the victory.
On Wednesday, April 10, the Royals went on the road and defeated Juniata, 11-5, in a Landmark Conference game in Huntingdon, Pa. Senior shortstop Tim LeCompte (Philadephia, Pa./Roman Catholic) had three hits, two RBIs and scored a run, and senior catcher Michael Amaturo (Rye, N.Y./Rye) had two hits, three RBIs and scored a run.
Scranton split a Landmark Conference doubleheader at Moravian on Saturday, April 13, losing 5-1 and winning 2-1. In the opener, sophomore left fielder Michael Umerich (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) had three hits. In the second game, sophomore righty Matt Calamoneri (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) threw a complete game four-hitter with two walks while striking out four in the win.
On Sunday, April 14, the Royals dropped the final game of the series at Moravian, 2-1. Senior lefty Corey Gorman (Laflin, Pa./Coughlin) struck out a season-high 12 while going the distance in the loss. LeCompte had an RBI single for the Royals’ only run.
Scranton is back on the diamond on Wednesday, April 17, when it travels to LaPlume, Pa. to take on 13th-ranked Keystone College at 3:30 p.m.
Men’s golf (9-0)
The University of Scranton men’s golf team remained undefeated in match play by winning a tri-match during the week. The team also got off to a solid start in the first round of the Glenmaura National Collegiate Invitational on Sunday, April 14.
In Thursday’s tri-match against King’s and Baptist Bible College, the Royals defeated both schools, 346-373. Junior Kevin Kucharski (Hampton, N.J./North Hunterdon) led the Royals with an 81. He was followed in the lineup by junior Grant Gulick (Binghamton, N.Y./Johnson City) with an 87, junior Brandon Gano (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) had an 88, and senior co-captain Justin Riley (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield) rounded out the scoring with a 90.
In the opening round at Glenmaura on Sunday, the Royals fired a four-score total of 320 and were in third place, 11 shots behind McDaniel College with one round left to play. Junior Charles Hudacek (Moosic, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) led the Royals with a six-over-par 77 and was tied for fifth while Riley shot an eight-over-par 79 and was tied for 11th.
The final round of the Glenmaura National Collegiate Invitational was scheduled to tee off at 8:30 a.m. on Monday.
Women’s lacrosse (6-5, 1-2 Landmark)
The University of Scranton women’s lacrosse team lost a pair of games during the week and have three games remaining in the regular season.
On Tuesday, April 9, the Royals lost at Ursinus, 15-9, in Collegeville, Pa. Senior attacker Deanna Giorno (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) and senior midfielder Jilliana DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) led the Royals with three goals apiece and junior attacker Kerry Sullivan (Oceanport, N.J./Shore Regional) had a goal and an assist.
Scranton dropped a Landmark Conference match on Saturday, April 13, to 12th-ranked Susquehanna, 9-2, in Selinsgrove, Pa. The Royals received a goal apiece from Sullivan and sophomore midfielder Emily Goss (Morristown, N.J./Morristown).
Scranton is back in action on Tuesday, April 16, when it hosts Elmira at 6 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.
Softball (7-6, 3-1 Landmark)
The University of Scranton softball team went 1-3 during the week, including a pair of Landmark Conference games over the week.
The Royals opened the week by splitting a doubleheader at Keystone College, winning 8-3 and losing 3-1. Sophomore Gabrielle Santarelli (Jessup, Pa./Valley View) belted a two-run triple and junior Caitlin McHenry (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Walter Panas) and freshman Alison Kucharski (Hampton, N.J./North Hunterdon) had two hits apiece in the opener. Santarelli, senior Kristen Williams (Monroe, N.Y./Monroe Woodbury) and sophomore Stephanie Romano (Oak Ridge, N.J./West Milford) had the lone hits for the Royals in the second game.
On Saturday, April 13, the Royals dropped a Landmark Conference doubleheader at Moravian, falling 8-0 and 12-4. In the second game, McHenry had a two-run home run, Romano had two hits, an RBI and a run scored, and Santarelli had two hits and scored twice.
Scranton is back on the diamond on Thursday, April 18, when it hosts Penn State-Hazleton at 5 p.m. at the Jessup Youth Sports Complex.
Men’s tennis (8-9, 3-3 Landmark)
The University of Scranton men’s tennis team won a pair of Landmark Conference matches during the week. On Tuesday, April 9, the Royals traveled to Bethlehem, Pa. and defeated Moravian, 9-0. Seniors Tim McGurrin (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Preparatory), Joe Morra (Bronx, N.Y./Fordham Preparatory), Mike Pannone (Maplewood, N.J./Seton Hall Preparatory) and Bennett Kelley (Pennington, N.J./Hopewell Valley Central) and junior David Teres (Lebanon, N.J./North Hunterdon) each and victories in singles and doubles.
On Saturday, April 13, Scranton handed Susquehanna an 8-1 defeat at Royal Courts at DeNaples Fields. The Royals got two wins apiece from McGurrin, Morra, Pannone and Teres.
The Royals are back in action on Tuesday, April 16, when they travel to Huntingdon, Pa. to face Juniata in a Landmark Conference match at 3:30 p.m.
Women’s tennis (5-7, 3-2 Landmark)
The University of Scranton women’s tennis team went 2-2 during the week, including a pair of Landmark Conference victories.
On Tuesday, April 9, the Royals defeated Drew, 8-1, in a Landmark Conference match at Royal Courts at DeNaples Fields. Senior Lindsay Ward (Bensalem, Pa./Archbishop Ryan), sophomores Megan Azzalina (Easton, Pa./Notre Dame), Nicole Mahaffey (Harrisburg, Pa./Trinity) and Lisa-Marie Lanciotti (Northport, N.Y./Kings Park), and freshman Emily Walsh (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) won two matches apiece.
On Wednesday, April 10, Scranton dropped a narrow 5-4 decision against Landmark Conference foe Moravian in Bethlehem, Pa. Lanciotti had a pair of victories for Scranton in the defeat.
Scranton bounced back to defeat Susquehanna, 7-2, in a Landmark Conference match on Saturday, April 13, at Royal Courts at DeNaples Fields. The Royals received two wins apiece from junior Devon Cohen (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham), Mahaffey and Walsh in the win.
On Sunday, April 14, the Royals dropped a 7-2 decision in a non-conference match against Wilkes at Royal Courts. Azzalina and Mahaffey had the lone victories in singles play for Scranton.
The Royals are back on the courts on Wednesday, April 17, when they host Misericordia at 3:30 p.m. at Royal Courts.
This Week in University of Scranton Athletics
Women’s lacrosse – vs. Elmira (6 p.m.)
Men’s tennis – at Juniata (3:30 p.m.)
Baseball – at Keystone (3:30 p.m.)
Men’s golf – vs. Wilkes & FDU-Florham at Glenmaura National G.C. (1 p.m.)
Men’s lacrosse – at Centenary (3:30 p.m.)
Women’s tennis – vs. Misericordia (3:30 p.m.)
Softball – vs. Penn State-Hazleton (5 p.m.)
Men’s tennis – vs. Drew (3 p.m.)
Baseball – vs. Drew (DH, 1 p.m.)
Men’s golf – Empire 8 Conference championships, third round, Hershey, Pa.
Men’s lacrosse – vs. Goucher (1 p.m.)
Softball – vs. Catholic (1 p.m.)
Men’s tennis – at Merchant Marine (1 p.m.)
Baseball – vs. Drew (noon)
Men’s golf – Empire 8 Conference championships, final round, Hershey, Pa.
Softball – vs. Neumann (1 p.m.)
Men’s tennis – vs. Goucher (1 p.m.)
Women’s tennis – vs. Goucher (1 p.m.)