Royal Review: February 18-24 (No. 24 in a weekly series)

Senior goalie Ben Worthington made 13 saves in the Royals' 9-3 season-opening victory over Farmingdale State on Saturday.
Senior goalie Ben Worthington made 13 saves in the Royals' 9-3 season-opening victory over Farmingdale State on Saturday.

Women’s basketball (19-8)

The University of Scranton women’s basketball team reached the Landmark Conference championship last week, but could not capture its first title since 2009, falling on the road against Catholic in the title game on Saturday, Feb. 23.

The Lady Royals advanced to the title game with a thrilling 72-71 victory at Moravian on Wednesday, Feb. 20. Senior forward Erin Boggan (Danbury, Conn./Danbury) drilled an 18-footer with five seconds left to lift Scranton to the victory, capping her 12-point, 16-point performance. Scranton also received a game-high 21 points from sophomore forward Meredith Mesaris (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) and 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists from sophomore guard Lindsay Fluehr (Bensalem, Pa./Nazareth Academy).

Scranton led by four with 10 minutes to play in the title game at Catholic, but the Cardinals used a big run down the stretch to post a 72-52 victory. Sophomore guard Lia DiSciascio (Broomall, Pa./Cardinal O’Hara) had a team-high 15 points for Scranton, and Boggan added 14 points and seven rebounds.

The Lady Royals received an at-large bid and will make their 26th NCAA Tournament appearance when they face Williams College in a first-round game on Friday at a time to be determined in Rochester, N.Y.

Men’s basketball (19-7)

The University of Scranton men’s basketball team suffered a heart-breaking loss to Juniata in the Landmark Conference semifinals, falling 84-74 in double overtime on Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the Long Center.

Scranton led by 10 with just under four minutes to play, but Juniata scored the final 10 points of regulation and eventually pulled away in the second overtime. Sophomore guard Ross Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights/Blair Academy, N.J.) scored a game-high 26 points to lead Scranton. Senior guard Travis Farrell (Middletown, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) had 16 points, 14 rebounds and five assists, and freshman forward Brendan Boken (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola) had 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Men’s lacrosse (1-0)

The University of Scranton men’s lacrosse team pulled away for a 9-3 victory over Farmingdale State in the season opener on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Fitzpatrick Field, giving Doug Sage a victory in his head coaching debut.

Senior midfielder Dillon McInerney (Hawthorne, N.J./Bergen Catholic) scored a career-high six goals and senior goalie Ben Worthington (Annapolis, Md./Gonzaga) made 13 saves in the victory. Junior midfielder John Gregitis (Wayne, Pa./St. Joseph’s Preparatory) chipped in two goals and junior attacker Joe Johnson (Annapolis, Md./Gonzaga) had one for Scranton.

The Royals are back in action on Wednesday, Feb. 27, when they visit York (Pa.) at 3 p.m.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Wednesday, Feb. 27
Men’s lacrosse – at York (Pa.) (3 p.m.)

Saturday, March 2

Baseball – vs. Albright, at Flemington, N.J. (noon, DH)
Men’s lacrosse – vs. Muhlenberg (noon)
Women’s lacrosse – vs. Haverford (3 p.m.)
Wrestling – NCAA East Regional, at Gettysburg (9 a.m.) 

Sunday, March 3
Baseball – vs. FDU-Florham, at Flemington, N.J. (noon, DH)