Royal Review: January 7-13 (No. 18 in a weekly series)
Men’s Swimming & Diving (7-2, 4-1 Landmark)
The University of Scranton swimming & diving team posted a 155-102 victory over Catholic University in a Landmark Conference meet on Saturday, Jan. 12, in the Byron Center.
Freshman Mitchell Colby (Bernardsville, N.J./Bernards) continued his strong season, winning three events for the fifth straight event. He had victories in the 1,000 freestyle (1:35.41), 200 backstroke (2:09.5) and 500 freestyle (5:10.07). Junior John Hughes (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Catholic) earned victories in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.26) and 200 breaststroke (2:22.95).
Scranton also received individual wins from freshman Kyle Burnett (Cedar Grove, N.J./St. Anthony’s) in the 200 freestyle (1:52.75), freshman Grant Owens (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) in the 100 freestyle (49.57) and sophomore Matthew Flint (West Caldwell, N.J./Montclair Kimberly Academy) in the 100 butterfly (57.73), and two Royals – freshman Christopher Conway (Southampton, Pa./Archbishop Wood) and sophomore Brendan McCrossan (Bernardsville, N.J./Bernards) – tied for first in the 100 backstroke in 57.99.
The Royals’ team of McCrossan, Hughes, senior Stephen Nicolosi (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights) and senior Andrew Urban (Ambler, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) won the 200 medley relay in 1:40.65.
Scranton returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 19, when it travels to nearby Dallas, Pa. to take on Misericordia at 1 p.m.
Women’s Swimming & Diving (8-2, 5-1 Landmark)
The University of Scranton women’s swimming & diving team rolled to a 159-100 victory over Catholic University in a Landmark Conference meet on Saturday, Jan. 12, in the Byron Center.
Junior Sara Franciscovich (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) posted wins in the 100 backstroke (1:03.09) and 200 backstroke (2:17.75), swam a leg on the winning 400 freestyle relay team, and finished second in the 100 butterfly. She now has 14 individual victories this season. Freshman Alexis Walsh (Hazlet, N.J./Raritan) also had two victories, winning the 100 breaststroke (1:12.39) and 200 breaststroke (2:33.93).
Scranton (8-2, 5-1 Landmark) also received individual wins from sophomore Kaitlyn Maloney (Basking Ridge, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) in the 1,000 freestyle (11:36.11) and freshman Megan Connor (Nesconset, N.Y./Smithtown East) in the 500 freestyle (5:35.97).
The 400 freestyle team of Franciscovich, Connor, junior Kelsy McAnelly (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) and freshman Julia Murphy (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) earn a first-place finish in 1:58.52. The 200 medley relay team of sophomore Paige Agnello (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan), senior Jenny Fitzmaurice (Milford, Conn./Academy of Our Lady Mercy), McAnelly and Murphy also won, finishing in 3:50.16.
The Royals return to the pool on Saturday, Jan. 19, when they travel to nearby Dallas, Pa. to face Misericordia at 1 p.m.
Men’s basketball (12-3, 4-1 Landmark)
The University of Scranton men’s basketball team had a strong week, posting a pair of Landmark Conference victories to move into first place by a half-game.
The Royals began the week by earning an 84-78 victory at Merchant Marine Academy on Wednesday, Jan. 9. The Royals avenged their only conference loss of the season as junior guard Tommy Morgan (Greenlawn, N.Y./Chaminade) poured in a career-high 27 points and made six assists.
Sophomore guard Ross Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights/Blair Academy, N.J.) added 19 points and senior guard Tim Lavelle (Clarks Green, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) and freshman forward Brendan Boken (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola) each had 10 points.
Scranton followed that victory by rolling to a 78-41 victory over Goucher College on Saturday, Jan. 12, in the Long Center. Sophomore forward Jason Pierce (Scranton, Pa./Conestoga/Lackawanna College) had a career-high 13 points while pulling down nine rebounds, Morgan had 11 points, eight assists and three steals, and Boken finished with 11 points.
The 37-point margin of victory was the largest for the Royals since they doubled up Bard, 96-48, on Nov. 21, 2009, in the Long Center.
The Royals return to the court on Wednesday, Jan. 16, when they host Drew University in a Landmark Conference game in the Long Center at 7 p.m.
Women’s basketball (11-4, 3-1 Landmark)
The University of Scranton women’s basketball team won its only game of the week, defeating Goucher College, 85-38, on Saturday, Jan. 12, in the Long Center.
The Lady Royals were led by sophomore forward Meredith Mesaris (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax), who had a game-high 15 points. Freshman guard Jaclyn Gantz (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) had a career-high 13 points, including a trio of 3-pointers in the first half, and senior forward Erin Boggan (Danbury, Conn./Danbury) added 10 points and seven rebounds.
The 47-point margin of victory was the largest for the Lady Royals since a 53-point victory (91-38) over Goucher on Feb. 4, 2011, in the Long Center.
Scranton returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 16, when it travels to Madison, N.J. to take on Drew University in a Landmark Conference game at 7 p.m.
This Week in University of Scranton Athletics
Wrestling – at King’s (7 p.m.)
Men’s basketball – vs. Drew (7 p.m.)
Women’s basketball – at Drew (7 p.m.)
Men’s basketball – at Catholic (6 p.m.)
Women’s basketball – at Catholic (4 p.m.)
Men’s swimming & diving – at Misericorida (1 p.m.)
Women’s swimming & diving – at Misericordia (1 p.m.)