Royal Review: April 1-7 (No. 30 in a weekly series)

Women’s lacrosse (6-3, 1-1 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women’s lacrosse team posted a pair of victories during the week, including its first Landmark Conference victory of the season.

The Royals opened the week by downing Misericordia, 13-7, on Wednesday, April 3, at Fitzpatrick Field. Sophomore midfielder Emily Goss (Morristown, N.J./Morristown) got things started by scoring twice in the opening 23 seconds for Scranton. Junior attacker Kerry Sullivan (Oceanport, N.J./Shore Regional) followed with three straight goals as the Royals led, 5-0, less than six minutes in. Sullivan finished with three goals while freshman midfielder Bridget Gallaher (Toms River, N.J./Toms River East) had two goals and an assist. Sophomore attacker Sheila Mulligan (Ardmore, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) had three assists, Goss had three goals and senior attacker Deanna Giorno (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) added two assists.

On Saturday, the Royals defeated Goucher College, 12-6, in a Landmark Conference matchup at Fitzpatrick Field. Goss scored six of her career-high seven goals in the first half, senior midfielder Jilliana DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) added two goals and an assist, and Giorno and senior attacker Kaitlin Lazorko (Philadelphia, Pa./Nazareth Academy) each finished with a goal and an assist.

The Royals are back in action on Tuesday, April 9, when they visit Ursinus College at 4 p.m.

Men’s lacrosse (7-3, 3-0 Landmark)

The University of Scranton men’s lacrosse team pushed its winning streak to six games with a pair of victories last week.

The Royals opened the week by defeating FDU-Florham, 13-6, in a non-conference matchup on Tuesday, April 2, at Fitzpatrick Field. Freshman attacker Alec Mikrut (Belle Mead, N.J./Montgomery) and senior midfielder Dillon McInerney (Hawthorne, N.J./Bergen Catholic) led the Royals with three goals apiece and senior attacker Taylor Nelson (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) and junior attacker Gus Sturm (Devon, Pa./Conastoga) each added a pair of goals.

On Saturday, the Royals defeated Merchant Marine Academy, 11-3, in a Landmark Conference matchup in King’s Point, N.Y. Mikrut led the Royals with three goals and an assist and senior attacker Taylor Nelson (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) scored two goals and assisted on two others. The Royals also received two goals and an assist from McInerney and a goal and an assist from junior midfielder John Gregitis (Wayne, Pa./St. Joseph’s Preparatory).

Scranton is back in action on Tuesday, April 9, when it travels to Lancaster, Pa. to take on Franklin & Marshall at 4 p.m.

Men’s golf (7-0)

The University of Scranton men’s golf team’s attempt to win its fifth straight Utica Invitational title fell just short Sunday, April 7, at the Skenandoa Golf Club in Clinton, N.Y. The Royals finished second with a four-score tally of 330, 12 strokes behind the A team from St. Lawrence University (318).

Junior Grant Gulick (Binghamton, N.Y./Johnson City) led Scranton with a 79, his eighth sub-80 round of the season, and junior Charles Hudacek (Moosic, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) was next with an 82. The Royals also received an 84 from sophomore Erik Meyer (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights), and 85s from senior co-captains Jamie Bresnahan (Exeter, Pa./Wyoming Area) and Justin Riley (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield) and freshman Ryan Brown (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Preparatory).

The Royals will return to action Thursday, April 11, by hosting King’s College and Baptist Bible at Glenmaura National Golf Club in Moosic at 1 p.m.

Baseball (15-10, 5-3 Landmark)

The University of Scranton baseball team went 3-3 during the week, including winning two of three in a Landmark Conference series over the weekend.

The Royals opened the week by defeating cross-town rival Marywood University, 3-1, on the road on Tuesday, March 2. Senior lefty Bobby Della Polla (Havertown, Pa./St. Joseph’s Prep) tossed six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out eight to earn the victory. Junior designated hitter Eric Pizzico (Royersford, Pa./Spring Ford) went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs and an RBI, and junior third baseman Mike Trabulsi (Malverne, N.Y./Chaminade) had an RBI double.

Scranton went on the road Wednesday and dropped a 5-2 decision at Wilkes University in Edwardville, Pa. Freshman outfielders Zach Dignam (Bridgewater, N.J./Immaculata) and Kyle Hamer (Germantown, Md./St. John’s College H.S.) each had two hits and an RBI.

On Thursday, the Royals fell to Misericordia, 8-5, at Connell Park. Sophomore left fielder Michael Umerich (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) had three hits and scored a run, and Trabulsi and senior catcher Michael Amaturo (Rye, N.Y./Rye) both had two hits and two RBIs.

On Saturday, Scranton swept a Landmark Conference doubleheader against Susquehanna University, winning 3-1 and 6-4, at Connell Park. In the opener, Della Polla threw a complete game two-hitter, striking out nine to improve to 5-1 on the season. In the second game, Amaturo and sophomore second baseman Matt Maghini (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) each had two hits and senior shortstop Tim LeCompte (Philadelphia, Pa./Roman Catholic) had a two-run double.

On Sunday, Susquehanna bounced back to defeat the Royals, 10-5. Senior left-fielder Michael Gaeta (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) went 4-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored, and sophomore first baseman Ross Danzig (Clarks Green, N.J./Abington Heights/Blair Academy, N.J.) had two hits, scored twice, drove in a run and stole a base.

Scranton is back in action on Tuesday, April 9, when it travels to Mahwah, N.J. to take on fifth-ranked Ramapo College at 3:30 p.m.

Softball (7-6, 3-1 Landmark)

The University of Scranton softball team went 5-2 during the week, including 3-1 in Landmark Conference play.

The Royals opened the week by sweeping Drew University, 10-8 and 10-2, in a Landmark Conference doubleheader on Tuesday, April 2, at the Jessup Youth Sports Complex. Scranton rallied from a 7-4 deficit in the fifth inning of the first game. The Royals erased that deficit when senior first baseman Jamie Shackles (Philadelphia, Pa./Little Flower) blasted a three-run homer to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth. The Royals then scored three more times in the sixth on an RBI single by sophomore shortstop Stephanie Romano (Oak Ridge, N.J./West Milford), a Drew error and an RBI sacrifice fly by senior third baseman Kristen Williams (Monroe, N.Y./Monroe Woodbury).

Scranton also received a three-run homer in the first inning from junior right fielder Caitlin McHenry (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Walter Panas), who finished 3-for-3 with four runs and three RBIs. Shackles also had three hits, three RBIs and scored a run.

In the nightcap, Scranton raced out to an 8-1 lead after three innings and completed the victory in five innings. Freshman catcher Jacquelyn Rossi (Eynon, Pa./Valley View) had a two-run homer in the second inning to break a 1-1 tie. Sophomore center fielder Gabrielle Santarelli (Peckville, Pa./Valley View) finished with three hits and two RBIs.

On Thursday, the Royals dropped the opener at Penn State-Abington, 5-1, while the second game was suspended due to darkness in the third inning with Scranton ahead, 12-3. In the defeat, Romano had three hits and sophomore Blaire Wilkie (Kulpsville, Pa./North Penn), Santarelli and freshman Alison Kucharski (Hampton, N.J./North Hunterdon) each had a pair.

On Saturday, Scranton traveled to Huntingdon, Pa. and split a Landmark Conference doubleheader against Juniata, winning 3-2 in 10 innings and losing 7-1. Shackles drove in the winning run  in the top of the 10th inning to lift Scranton in the opener. Freshman pitcher Jamie Hampsey (Tunkhannock, Pa./Tunkhannock) struck out seven and scattered six hits, and belted an RBI single in the win. The Royals also received a single and an RBI from Wilkie.

In the second game, Wilkie finished with two hits, and Santarelli and Romano each singled.

The Royals capped the week by sweeping Hunter College, 9-4 and 6-5, on Sunday at the Jessup Youth Sports Complex. Santarelli drove in two runs with a double in the first game, then had two hits and an RBI and threw out the potential game-tying runner for the final out in the second game.

In the opener, Rossi had two hits, including a two-run home run, and Shackles had a pair of doubles to support winning pitcher Kucharski, who struck out five.

In the second game, Romano drove in two runs with a single and freshman Maria Gentile (Jefferson Township, Pa./North Pocono) and Santarelli each hit an RBI single during a five-run fifth inning.

Scranton is back in action on Thursday, April 11, when it faces Keystone College at 3 p.m. in nearby LaPlume, Pa.

Men’s tennis (1-4, 0-1 Landmark)

The University of Scranton men’s tennis team opened Landmark Conference play on Saturday, April 6, with a narrow 5-4 loss at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

Seniors Joe Morra (Bronx, N.Y./Fordham Preparatory) and Mike Pannone (Maplewood, N.J./Seton Hall Preparatory) won two matches apiece, and junior David Teres (Lebanon, N.J./North Hunterdon) picked up a victory in singles for the Royals.

The Royals are back in action on Tuesday, April 9, when they travel to Bethlehem, Pa. to take on Moravian in a Landmark Conference match at 4 p.m.

Women’s tennis (3-5, 1-1 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women’s tennis team split a pair of Landmark Conference matches during the week, winning at Juniata, 6-3, and falling at Catholic, 6-3.

In the victory at Juniata, the Royals received two wins apiece from sophomores Megan Azzalina (Easton, Pa./Notre Dame) and Nicole Mahaffey (Harrisburg, Pa./Trinity) and freshman Emily Walsh (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Preparatory). Junior Devon Cohen (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) added a win in singles play.

In the loss at Catholic, Cohen, Walsh and Azzalina each earned singles victories.

Scranton returns to the courts on Tuesday, April 9, when it hosts Drew University in a Landmark Conference match at 3:30 p.m. at Royal Courts at DeNaples Fields.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Tuesday, April 9
Baseball – at Ramapo (3:30 p.m.)
Men’s lacrosse – at Franklin & Marshall (4 p.m.)
Women’s lacrosse – at Ursinus (4 p.m.)
Men’s tennis – at Moravian (4 p.m.)
Women’s tennis – vs. Drew (3:30 p.m.)

 Wednesday, April 10
Baseball – at Juniata (3:30 p.m.)
Women’s tennis – at Moravian (3:30 p.m.)

Thursday, April 11
Men’s golf – vs. Baptist Bible College and King’s
Softball – at Keystone (DH, 3 p.m.)

Saturday, April 13
Baseball – at Moravian (DH, 1 p.m.)
Men’s lacrosse – Susquehanna (1 p.m.)
Women’s lacrosse – at Susquehanna (1 p.m.)
Softball – at Moravian (DH, 1 p.m.)
Men’s tennis – Susquehanna (1 p.m.)
Women’s tennis – Susquehanna (1 p.m.)

Sunday, April 14

Baseball – at Moravian (noon)
Men’s golf – Glenmaura National Collegiate Invitational (first round)
Men’s lacrosse – Susquehanna (1 p.m.) 

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