Royal Review: February 4-10 (No. 22 in a weekly series)
The University of Scranton women’s swimming & diving team took home three individual titles and set four school records while finishing second at the Landmark Conference championships Feb. 8-10 at nearby Marywood University.
Freshman Alexis Walsh (Hazlet, N.J./Raritan) captured the 200 breaststroke title after setting a school and Marywood pool record in the preliminaries with a time of 2:26.65.
Sophomore Paige Agnello (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) won the 100 breaststroke while setting a school record with a time of 1:07.75.
Sophomore diver Colleen Barry (Pembroke, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) also set a school record in the 3-meter diving while winning the title with a mark of 365.85. Barry also set a school mark in the 1-meter diving while finishing second with a score of 336.40.
The second-place finish marked the ninth straight year Scranton finished in the top two at the conference championships.
The University of Scranton men’s swimming & diving team finished third at the Landmark Conference championships while setting seven school records during the three-day event Feb. 8-10 at nearby Marywood University.
The Royals finished third with 575 points while Merchant Marine Academy took the title with 924 points and Susquehanna finished second with 631 points.
Scranton’s lone first-place finish came from senior diver Tim McCormick (Scranton, Pa./Scranton), who won the 1-meter diving title with a school record 402.75 points. He also set a school record in the 3-meter diving while finishing second with 367.85 points.
Also setting school records for the Royals were freshman Colby Mitchell (Bernardsville, N.J./Bernards) in both the 500 free (4:45.15, third place) and 1650 free (16:25.85, 2nd place), and junior John Hughes (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Catholic) in the 100 breaststroke preliminaries (:59.06). He went on to finish second in the final.
The 200 medley relay team of freshman Nicholas Hennig (Verona, N.J./Verona), Hughes, senior Stephen Nicolosi (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights) and senior Andrew Urban (Ambler, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) set a school mark in 1:36.38 while finishing second. And the 400 medley relay team of Colby, Hughes, Nicolosi and sophomore Ryan Holmes (Clarks Green, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) also set a school record in 3:33.30 while finishing third.
It marked the fifth straight season in which Scranton finished in the top three at the conference championships.
Men’s Basketball (17-6, 8-4 Landmark)
The University of Scranton men’s basketball team won a pair of Landmark Conference games and clinched a playoff berth to remain in second place with two games remaining in the regular season.
The Royals opened the week by going on the road to Madison, N.J. and edging Drew University, 77-68, in overtime on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Sophomore guard Ross Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights/Blair Academy, N.J.) scored six of his team-high 19 points in overtime. Senior guard Tim Lavelle (Clarks Green, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) added 17 points and six rebounds, and sophomore guard Kyle Ranck (Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg) added eight points in 15 minutes off the bench.
On Saturday, Feb. 9, Scranton handed eighth-ranked Catholic an 82-74 defeat on Senior Day in the Long Center. Sophomore forward Brendan Boken (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola) had a team-high 21 points and nine rebounds, Danzig had 17 points, senior guard Travis Farrell (Middletown, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) had 15 points and junior guard Tommy Morgan (Greenlawn, N.Y./Chaminade) added 10 points.
Prior to tip-off against Catholic, the Royals honored seniors Farrell and Lavelle, who were playing in their final regular season games in the Long Center.
The Royals will travel to Bethlehem, Pa. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, to face Moravian College at 7 p.m. The Royals need one win in their final two games to clinch the No. 2 seed and a home game in the upcoming Landmark Conference playoffs.
Women’s Basketball (16-7, 8-4 Landmark)
The University of Scranton women’s basketball team split a pair of games and remains in third place in the Landmark Conference with two games remaining.
The Lady Royals opened the week with a 72-64 victory over Drew University in the Long Center on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Sophomore Meredith Mesaris (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) scored a team-high 20 points and had seven rebounds, senior forward Erin Boggan (Danbury, Conn./Danbury) had 19 points and seven rebounds, junior guard Alison Sweeney (Wall, N.J./St. Rose) had 15 points and senior guard Christina Hiltunen (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Kearney) added 10 points.
Scranton’s four-game winning streak came to an end on Saturday, Feb. 9, when they lost to No. 13 Catholic, 69-52, in the Long Center. Freshman guard Noelle Alicea (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown East) had a team-high 11 points and Boggan added 10 points and eight rebounds in the loss.
Prior to tip-off, the Lady Royals honored seniors Katherine Torto (Binghamton, N.Y./Seton Catholic Central), Shernai Bentley (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley), Tayler Pallotta (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore), KC Hawkes (Binghamton, N.Y./Seton Catholic Central), Boggan and Hiltunen.
Scranton is back in action on Wednesday, Feb. 13, when it hosts Moravian College at 7 p.m. in the Long Center in their final regular season home game. The Lady Royals have clinched a Landmark Conference playoff berth, but can finish no better than third.
The University of Scranton wrestling team posted a 32-12 victory over Mount St. Vincent during Senior Day/Alumni Day in the Long Center on Sunday, Feb. 10.
Sophomore Shawn Flesche (Northvale, N.J./Northern Valley Regional) earned a pin at 165 pounds, as did freshman Eric Calimano (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) at 285 pounds.
The Royals also received a technical fall from junior Chris Silakoski (Trenton, N.J./Notre Dame) at 197, and victory by decision from junior Joseph Weitemeyer (Damsite, N.Y./Smithtown West) at 174 pounds. Scranton also picked up forfeit victories at 125 and 141 pounds.
Scranton now has three weeks to prepare for the NCAA East Regionals at Gettysburg College on Saturday, March 2.
This Week in University of Scranton Athletics
Men’s basketball – at Moravian (7 p.m.)
Women’s basketball – vs. Moravian (7 p.m.)
Men’s basketball – at Goucher (7 p.m.)
Women’s basketball – at Goucher (5 p.m.)