Royal Review: January 28-February 3 (No. 21 in a weekly series)

Wrestling (3-8)

The University of Scranton wrestling team posted a 51-0 victory in its lone match during the week at Yeshiva on Wednesday, Jan. 30, in New York, N.Y.

The Royals picked up pins by sophomore Shawn Flesche (Northvale, N.J./Northern Valley Regional) at 165 and junior Joseph Weitemeyer (Damsite, N.Y./Smithtown West) at 174, and a technical fall by Ryan Giovnetti (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) at 149. 

Senior Josh Javitz (Dickson City, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) picked up his fourth win with a 9-3 decision at 133, and sophomore Pierce Keane (Stewart Manor, N.Y./Chaminade) followed with a 10-5 decision at 141. The Royals also received a win at 157 from junior Robert Leavy (Bronx, N.Y./Iona Preparatory), who scored a 9-0 major decision. Scranton was also the beneficiary of four forfeit victories.

Scranton hits the mat again on Sunday, Feb. 10, when it hosts Mount St. Vincent in the Long Center at noon.

Women’s basketball (15-6, 7-3 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women’s basketball team posted a pair of road victories in Landmark Conference play last week, moving into third place in the conference with four games remaining.

The Lady Royals opened the week with a 63-54 win at Merchant Marine Academy on Wednesday, Jan. 30, in Kings Point, N.Y. Sophomore forward Meredith Mesaris (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) scored a team-high 17 points, sophomore guard Lindsay Fluehr (Bensalem, Pa./Nazareth Academy) had 12 points and senior guard Katherine Torto (Binghamton, N.Y./Seton Catholic Central) added a season-high 10.

Scranton traveled to Selinsgrove, Pa. on Saturday, Feb. 2, and handed Susquehanna an 82-54 loss behind a career-high 14 points from freshman guard Jaclyn Gantz (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) and 14 from senior forward Erin Boggan (Danbury, Conn./Danbury). Senior guard Christina Hiltunen (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Kearney) added 10 points as the Lady Royals won their third straight.

Scranton is back in action on Wednesday, Feb. 6, when it hosts Drew University in the Long Center at 7 p.m.

Men’s basketball (15-6, 6-4 Landmark)

The University of Scranton men’s basketball team split a pair of games last week, winning a non-conference road game Tuesday and dropping a Landmark Conference game on Saturday.

The Royals rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat Ithaca, 54-51, on Tuesday, Jan. 29, in Ithaca, N.Y. Scranton got 11 points each from junior guard Tommy Morgan (Greenlawn, N.Y./Chaminade) and freshman forward Brendan Boken (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola), and eight points each from senior guard Travis Farrell (Middletown, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) and sophomore guard Justin Klingman (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights). Farrell’s 3-pointer with 1:24 to play put the Royals ahead for good.

On Saturday, Feb. 2, the Royals dropped an 85-76 decision in overtime on the road to Landmark Conference foe Susquehanna. Boken scored a team-high 22 points, sophomore guard Ross Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights/Blair Academy, N.J.) had 20 points and Farrell finished with 12 points and six assists.

The loss dropped Scranton into a tie for second place in the conference with Juniata. The Royals hold the tie-breaker over the Eagles after beating them twice this season.

Scranton is back in action when it travels to Madison, N.J. on Wednesday, Feb. 6, to face Landmark Conference foe Drew University at 7 p.m..

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Wednesday, Feb. 6
Men’s basketball – at Drew (7 p.m.)
Women’s basketball – vs. Drew (7 p.m.)

Friday, Feb. 8
Men’s swimming & diving – Landmark Conference championships at Marywood (10:30 a.m.)
Women’s swimming & diving – Landmark Conference championships at Marywood (10:30 a.m.)

Saturday, Feb. 9
Men’s basketball – vs. Catholic (7 p.m.)
Women’s basketball – vs. Catholic (5 p.m.)
Men’s swimming & diving – Landmark Conference championships at Marywood (10:30 a.m.)
Women’s swimming & diving – Landmark Conference championships at Marywood (10:30 a.m.)

Sunday, Feb. 10
Men’s swimming & diving – Landmark Conference championships at Marywood (10:30 a.m.)
Women’s swimming & diving – Landmark Conference championships at Marywood (10:30 a.m.) 

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