Royal Review: November 26-December 2 (No. 14 in a weekly series)

Women’s basketball (6-0)

The University of Scranton women’s basketball team went 3-0 during the week to improve to 6-0 for the first time since the 2003-04 season.

The Lady Royals opened the week with a 73-60 victory on the road against cross-town rival Marywood University on Monday, Nov. 26. Sophomore forward Meredith Mesaris (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) scored a career-high 33 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists in the victory. Senior forward Erin Boggan (Danbury, Conn./Danbury) added 11 points and junior guard Alison Sweeney (Wall, N.J./St. Rose) had six points, seven rebounds and six blocks in the win.

A night later, Scranton held off Cabrini for a 57-53 victory in the Long Center as Mesaris poured in 26 points. Boggan added 11 points, four rebounds and four assists, and senior guard Christina Hiltunen (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Kearney) had seven points, six rebounds and three blocks.

The Lady Royals capped the week by opening Landmark Conference play with a 74-51 victory over Susquehanna on Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Long Center. Mesaris capped her big week with 30 points and seven rebounds. Sweeney added 15 points and six assists, and freshman guard Noelle Alicea (Downington, Pa./Downingtown East) had 11 points, five rebounds and three assists.

Scranton is back in action on Wednesday, Dec. 5, when it hosts Wilkes University at 7 p.m. in the Long Center.

Men’s basketball (5-0)

The University of Scranton men’s basketball team rose to No. 12 in the D3hoops.com Top 25 early in the week, then went out and posted a pair of victories to improve to 5-0 for the first time since the 1997-98 season.

The Royals began the week by defeating No. 21 Cabrini, 74-73, in overtime on Tuesday, Nov. 27, in the Long Center. The Royals overcame a five-point deficit with 2:49 to play in regulation to force overtime and eventually won it on sophomore guard Ross Danzig’s (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights/Blair Academy, N.J.) driving layup with 5.3 seconds left in overtime.

Danzig led Scranton with 29 points and 12 rebounds, senior guard Travis Farrell (Middletown, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) had 14 points and freshman forward Brendan Boken (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola) added 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Scranton opened Landmark Conference play with a 78-63 victory over Susquehanna on Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Long Center. Boken led the way with 22 points and nine rebounds, Danzig had 17 points and nine rebounds, and junior guard Michael Barr (North Wales, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) added 15 points.

The Royals are back in action on Thursday, Dec. 6, when they travel to Newburgh, N.Y. to take on Mt. St. Mary at 7 p.m.

Men’s Swimming & Diving (6-1, 3-0 Landmark)

The University of Scranton men’s swimming & diving team won the Diamond City Invitational, held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, at the Wyoming Valley Catholic Youth Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Scranton finished with 895 points, 83 ahead of second-place Misericordia in the seven-team event.

Freshman Mitchell Colby (Bernardsville, N.J./Bernards) led the way with three individual wins while senior Stephen Nicolosi (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights) won an individual event and was part of a winning relay team. Also posting individual victories for the Royals were freshman Grant Owens (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) and sophomore Matt Flint (West Caldwell, N.J./Montclair Kimberly Academy).

The Royals will now break for the holidays and return to action on Saturday, Jan. 5, when they travel to King’s Point, N.Y. to take Merchant Marine Academy in a Landmark Conference meet.

Women’s Swimming & Diving (6-2, 3-1 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women’s swimming & diving team finished second at the Diamond City Invitational, held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, at the Wyoming Valley Cathlic Youth Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The Royals finished with 678 points, 111 behind East Stroudsburg University in the eight-team event.

Sophomore Kaitlyn Maloney (Basking Ridge, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) had a second-place finish in the 400 individual medley and was also part of the second-place finishing 800 freestyle relay team. Junior Sara Franciscovich (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) swam on three relay teams that finished second while junior Kelsy McAnelly (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) and freshman Julia Murphy (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) were each part of two relay teams that finished second.

The Royals will now break for the holidays and return to action on Saturday, Jan. 5, when they travel to King’s Point, N.Y. to take Merchant Marine Academy in a Landmark Conference meet.

Wall of Fame Inductions

On Saturday, Dec. 1, Scranton held its annual Wall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Long Center between games of the basketball doubleheader against Susquehanna. The six-person Wall of Fame Class of 2012 includes men’s basketball standouts Mark Beneski ’92 and Al Callejas ’02; three-time field hockey all-conference selection Judith (Grimaldi) Shapiro ’89; three-time volleyball all-conference pick Jennifer (Knight) Sifnakis ’99; Tom McGill ’83, a starter on three NCAA Final Four men’s soccer teams; and Meghan Quinlan ’02, a four-time all-regional selection as a goalkeeper on the women’s soccer team.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Wednesday, Dec. 5
Women’s basketball – vs. Wilkes (7 p.m.)

Thursday, Dec. 6
Men’s basketball – at Mt. St. Mary (N.Y.) (7 p.m.)

Saturday, Dec. 8
Women’s basketball – at DeSales (1 p.m.)

 Sunday, Dec. 9
Women’s basketball – vs. Merchant Marine Academy (2 p.m.)
Men’s basketball – vs. Merchant Marine Academy (4 p.m.) 

--ROYALS--

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