Royal Review: February 11-17 (No. 23 in a weekly series)
Men’s basketball (19-6, 10-4 Landmark)
The University of Scranton men’s basketball team finished the regular season with a pair of road victories last week, securing the No. 2 seed in this week’s Landmark Conference playoffs.
The Royals opened the week with a hard-fought 71-66 victory against Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa. on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The Royals scored the last five points of the game, including a clutch jumper by senior guard Travis Farrell (Middletown, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) with 17 seconds that gave Scranton a four-point lead.
Sophomore guard Ross Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights/Blair Academy, N.J.) had a team-high 15 points in the victory. Farrell added 14 and freshman forward Brendan Boken (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola) added 12 points and eight rebounds.
Scranton wrapped up the regular season by rallying for a 61-58 victory over Goucher College in Towson, Md. on Saturday, Feb. 16. Farrell scored the last four points of the game, all from the free throw line, to lift the Royals to the victory.
Danzig led the Royals with 18 points and nine rebounds, Farrell finished with 13 points and sophomore forward Jason Pierce (Scranton, Pa./Conestoga/Lackawanna College) added 12 points off the bench as Scranton won its fourth straight.
The Royals will host third-seeded Juniata in a Landmark Conference semifinal in the Long Center on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. Top-seeded Catholic hosts fourth-seeded Merchant Marine Academy in the other semifinal. The winners will meet in the championship on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the home site of the highest remaining seed.
Women’s basketball (18-7, 10-4 Landmark)
The University of Scranton women’s basketball team clinched the No. 3 seed in this week’s Landmark Conference playoffs with a pair of victories last week.
The Lady Royals opened the week by defeating No. 23 Moravian, 64-57, in the Long Center on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Senior forward Erin Boggan (Danbury, Conn./Danbury) had a double-double with 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. Sophomore guard Lia DiSciascio (Broomall, Pa./Cardinal O’Hara) had a career-high 16 points and sophomore guard Lindsay Fluehr (Bensalem, Pa./Nazareth Academy) added 10 points and seven assists.
Scranton clinched the No. 3 seed with a 67-35 victory at Goucher College on Saturday, Feb. 16, in Towson, Md. Freshman guard Jaclyn Gantz (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) had a career-high 16 points and sophomore forward Meredith Mesaris (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) added 12 points in the victory.
The Lady Royals will visit second-seeded Moravian in a Landmark Conference semifinal on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. Top-seeded Catholic hosts fourth-seeded Juniata in the other semifinal. The winners meet in the championship on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the home site of the highest remaining seed.
This Week in University of Scranton Athletics
Men’s basketball – Landmark Conference semifinal vs. Juniata (7 p.m.)
Women’s basketball – Landmark Conference semifinal at Moravian (7 p.m.)
Men’s basketball – Landmark Conference championship (TBA)
Women’s basketball – Landmark Conference championship (TBA)
Men’s lacrosse – vs. Farmingdale State (1 p.m.)