Royal Review: April 15-21 (No. 32 in a weekly series)

Royal Review: April 15-21 (No. 32 in a weekly series)
Junior Erik Meyer (pictured) and sophomore Eric Montella each shot 74 today to help the Royals move into 2nd place after the opening round of the Empire 8 Golf championships at Yahnundasis Golf Club in New Hartford, New York

Men’s golf (11-0)

The University of Scranton men’s golf team finished second at the Empire 8 Conference Championships over the weekend and also won a pair of matches during the week to complete one of its most successful seasons in recent memory.

The Royals defeated FDU-Florham, 315-326, and Marywood, 315-334, on Wednesday, April 17, at Glenmaura National Golf Club.

Junior Grant Gulick (Binghamton, N.Y./Johnson City) led the Royals with a 5-over-par 76, his ninth sub-80 round of the season, sophomore Erik Meyer (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) was a stroke back at 77, which was his team-leading 11th sub-80 round this season. Senior Jamie Bresnahan (Exeter, Pa./Wyoming Area) fired an 80 while freshman Eric Montella (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) shot 82.

Over the weekend, the Royals shot rounds of 335-325 to finish the Empire 8 Championships with a 72-hole total of 1275, good for second place behind defending champion St. John Fisher, which shot 1212.

Meyer earned first-team all-conference honors after finishing tied for fifth overall with a 72-hole total of 314. Junior Charles Hudacek (Moosic, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) and Montella both tied for ninth at 323 to earn second-team honors.

The second-place finish was the highest for the Royals since joining the Empire 8 Conference for the 2009-10 season.

The Royals will play their final match of the season on Tuesday, April 23, when they host Marywood at 1 p.m. at Glenmaura National.

Men’s tennis (7-4, 6-1 Landmark)

The men’s tennis team went 4-0 during the week with all four victories coming in Landmark Conference play, including snapping Drew’s 13-year, 110-match conference winning streak.

The Royals opened the week by defeating Drew, 9-0, on Monday, April 15, in Huntingdon, Pa. 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 won two matches for Scranton.

On Thursday, April 18, the Royals rallied after losing all three doubles matches to defeat Drew, 5-4, at Royal Courts to end the Rangers’ historic winning streak. McGurrin, Morra, Teres, Pannone and Kelley all won singles matches, with McGurrin and Morra both rallying to win in three sets after dropping the first set in their matches.

On Saturday, April 20, Scranton rolled to a 9-0 win at Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. McGurrin, Teres, Morra and Pannone each posted a pair of victories.

On Sunday, April 21, the Royals wrapped up the top seed in the Landmark Conference playoffs by defeating Goucher, 9-0, at Royal Courts. McGurrin, Morra, Teres, Pannone and Kelley again won two matches apiece.

The Royals will open the Landmark playoffs on Tuesday, April 23, when they host Juniata at 4 p.m. at Royal Courts.

Women’s tennis (7-7, 4-2 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women’s tennis team went 2-0 during the week, winning a non-conference match during the week and then handing Goucher its first Landmark Conference loss on Sunday, April 21.

The Royals opened the week by defeating Misericordia, 5-4, on Wednesday, April 17, at Royal Courts. The Royals received two wins apiece from junior Devon Cohen (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) and sophomore Megan Azzalina (Easton, Pa./Notre Dame) in the victory.

On Sunday, Scranton received a pair of wins from Cohen and freshman Emily Walsh (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) in a 6-3 victory over Goucher.

Scranton will open the Landmark Conference playoffs as the No. 3 seed and will visit Catholic University in a semifinal on Wednesday, April 24, at 3:30 p.m.

Men’s lacrosse (8-6, 4-1 Landmark)

The University of Scranton men’s lacrosse team suffered a pair of narrow losses last week, losing at Centenary, 7-6, on Wednesday, April 17, and falling to Goucher in overtime by the same score on Saturday, April 20.

In the Centenary matchup, senior attacker Taylor Nelson (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) led Scranton with four goals and junior midfielder Matt Tibbitts (West Hartford, Conn./Conard) and junior attacker Joe Johnson (Annapolis, Md./Gonzaga) added one apiece. 

Against Goucher, Nelson had two goals and an assist, and sophomore attacker Will Mahle (Montgomery, N.J./Montgomery) chipped in with two goals.

The Royals have secured the no. 2 seed in the Landmark Conference playoffs. They will complete regular season play on Saturday, April 27, when they visit Catholic University at 1 p.m. The playoffs will begin on Wednesday, May 1.

Women’s lacrosse (7-5, 1-2 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women’s lacrosse team won its only game of the week, defeating Elmira, 15-5, on Tuesday, April 16, at Fitzpatrick Field.

Junior attacker Kerry Sullivan (Oceanport, N.J./Shore Regional) led the Royals with a season-high five goals, senior midfielder Jilliana DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) had three goals and two assists, and sophomore midfielder Emily Goss (Morristown, N.J./Morristown) also scored three goals.

Scranton is back in action on Tuesday, April 23, when it visits Oneonta State at 6 p.m.

Baseball (18-16, 7-8 Landmark)

The University of Scranton baseball team went 0-4 during the week, losing a non-conference game at nationally ranked Keystone before dropping a three-game series against Landmark Conference foe Drew University.

Against Keystone on Wednesday, April 17, the Royals fell, 11-4, despite a two-run double from sophomore first baseman Ross Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights/Blair Academy, N.J.) and an RBI double from sophomore second baseman Justin Klingman (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights).

On Saturday, April 20, the Royals lost a doubleheader to Drew, 4-3 in eight innings and 5-2. In the opener, junior Eric Pizzico (Royersford, Pa./Spring Ford) doubled and homered, and Danzig had an RBI double. In the second game, sophomore second baseman Matt Maghini (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) had two hits and junior outfielder Michael Gaeta (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) had a pair of RBIs.

On Sunday, April 21, the Royals dropped the final game against Drew, 3-2, in 10 innings. Senior lefty Corey Gorman (Laflin, Pa./Coughlin) struck out 10 over nine innings for his fourth straight game of 10 or more strikeouts. Gaeta singled and doubled, while senior shortstop Tim LeCompte (Philadelphia, Pa./Roman Catholic) and sophomore left fielder Michael Umerich (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) each singled twice.

Scranton is back in action on Wednesday, April 24, when it visits DeSales University at 4 p.m.

Softball (11-12, 4-4 Landmark)

The University of Scranton softball team went 3-3 during the week, including splitting a Landmark Conference doubleheader against Catholic on Saturday, April 20.

The Royals opened the week by sweeping Penn State-Hazleton, 11-3 and 2-0, on Thursday, April 18, at the Jessup Youth Sports Complex. In the opener, sophomore outfielder Gabrielle Santarelli (Peckville, Pa./Valley View) singled, homered and drove in four runs. In the nightcap, junior right-fielder Caitlin McHenry (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Walter Panas) delivered a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to win it. Freshman pitcher Jamie Hampsey (Tunkhannock, Pa./Tunkhannock) threw a one-hit shutout with four strikeouts.

On Saturday, Scranton lost the opener to Catholic, 7-5, but bounced back to win the second game, 6-5. In the opener, McHenry homered and drove in three runs, and sophomore infielder Stephanie Romano had two hits and scored twice. In the second game, freshman catcher Jacquelyn Rossi (Eynon, Pa./Valley View) hit a two-run homer and senior infielder Kristen Williams (Monroe, N.Y./Monroe Woodbury) had a pair of RBIs.

On Sunday, April 21, the Royals dropped a doubleheader against Neumann, losing 6-5 and 8-5. In the first game, Romano and sophomore infielder Blaire Wilkie (Kulpsville, Pa./North Penn) each finished with two RBIs. In the second game, McHenry homered and Romano added a pair of RBIs.

Scranton is back on the diamond on Tuesday, April 23, when it hosts Wilkes at 6 p.m. at the Jessup Youth Sports Complex.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Tuesday, April 16
Men's golf -- vs. Marywood (1 p.m.)
Women’s lacrosse – at Oneonta State (6 p.m.)
Softball – vs. Wilkes (6 p.m.)
Men’s tennis – Landmark semifinal vs. Juniata (4 p.m.)

Wednesday, April 17
Baseball – at DeSales (4 p.m.)
Women’s tennis – Landmark semifinal at Catholic (3:30 p.m.)

Thursday, April 18
Softball – vs. PSU-Abington (4 p.m.)

Saturday, April 20
Baseball – vs. Catholic (DH, noon)
Men’s lacrosse – at Catholic (1 p.m.)
Women’s lacrosse – vs. Drew (1 p.m.)
Softball – vs. Susquehanna (1 p.m.)

Sunday, April 21
Baseball – vs. Catholic (11 a.m.) 


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