Royal Review: January 14-20 (No. 19 in a weekly series)

Royal Review: January 14-20 (No. 19 in a weekly series)
Senior Stephen Nicolosi swam a leg on the winning 400 medley relay team to help Scranton defeat Misericordia on Saturday.

Men’s Swimming & Diving (8-2, 4-1 Landmark)

The University of Scranton men’s swimming & diving team went on the road and posted a 140-120 victory at Misericordia on Saturday, Jan. 19.

Scranton received first-place finishes from freshmen Mitchell Colby (Bernardsville, N.J./Bernards) in the 1000 free (10:44.95) and Nicholas Hennig (Verona, N.J./Verona) in the 100 back (:57.87), sophomores Derek Parrott (Milford, Conn./Notre Dame) in the 100 free (:50.72), Mike Ambrose (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) in the 200 breaststroke (2:24.42), and Brendan McCrossan (Bernardsville, N.J./Bernards) in the 100 fly (:56.51), along with junior John Hughes (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Catholic) in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.70).

The 400 medley relay team of Hennig, Hughes, senior Stephen Nicolosi (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights) and freshman Grant Owens (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) opened the meet with a first-place finish in the 400 medley relay (3:43.99).

Scranton wraps up regular season action when it hosts Landmark Conference foe Drew University on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 1 p.m. in the Byron Center.

Women’s Swimming & Diving (9-2, 5-1 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women’s swimming & diving team won for the third straight week, posting a 139-123 victory at Misericordia on Saturday, Jan. 19.

Sophomore Kaitlyn Maloney (Basking Ridge, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) won the 1000 free (11:37.13) and the 400 individual medley (5:00.49) to lead the Royals. Scranton also received first-place finishes from sophomores Paige Agnello (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) in the 100 back (1:04.85) and Alexis Walsh (Hazlet, N.J./Raritan) in the 200 breaststroke (2:33.75), junior Sara Franciscovich (New Market, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) in the 100 free (:56.03) and freshman Megan Connor (Nesconset, N.Y./Smithtown East) in the 500 free (5:41.59).

The Royals will swim their final dual meet of the season when they host Drew University in a Landmark Conference meet on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 1 p.m. in the Byron Center.

Men’s basketball (12-5, 4-3 Landmark)

The University of Scranton men’s basketball team suffered a pair of Landmark Conference losses during the week to fall into third place in the conference.

The Royals hosted Drew University on Wednesday, Jan. 16, and dropped a narrow 72-69 victory when the Rangers made a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds remaining to win it.

Sophomore guard Ross Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights/Blair Academy, N.J.) had 18 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and four blocks in the defeat. Freshman forward Brendan Boken (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola) had 18 points and six rebounds.

On Saturday, Jan. 19, the Royals traveled to No. 11 Catholic and fell, 58-48. The Royals led by seven at halftime, but hit just five of 29 shots in the second half. Danzig led Scranton with 15 points and eight rebounds, and Boken added 12 points and eight rebounds.

The Royals return to action when they host Landmark Conference foe Moravian College in the Long Center on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m.

Women’s basketball (12-5, 4-2 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women’s basketball team split a pair of Landmark Conference games during the week, and are currently tied for third in the conference.

The Lady Royals opened the week by traveling to Madison, N.J. and knocking off Drew University, 63-44. Sophomore forward Meredith Mesaris (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) had 18 points and four steals, and senior forward Erin Boggan (Danbury, Conn./Danbury) added 12 points and five rebounds.

Scranton traveled to Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Jan. 19, and fell to No. 18 Catholic, 66-50. Mesaris had a team-high 15 points and sophomore guard Lia DiSciascio (Broomall, Pa./Cardinal O’Hara) added eight off the bench.

The Lady Royals will travel to Bethlehem, Pa. to take on Moravian College in a Landmark Conference game on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m.

Wrestling (2-7)

University of Scranton sophomore wrestler Shawn Flesche (Montville, N.J./Montville Township) captured the 165-pound title at the College of Mount St. Vincent Invitational in Riverdale, N.Y. on Saturday, Jan. 19.

Flesche won all three of his matches to improve to 10-6 on the season and 26-22 in his career. He opened the tournament with a 7-2 win over Nick Jordan of Monroe Community College, then downed Gnoleba Seri of Ursinus, 4-2, in the semifinals. He took home the title with a 9-8 decision against Cameron Fine of Waynesburg in the finals.

Freshman Eric Calimano (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) and juniors Joseph Weitemeyer (Damsite, N.Y./Smithtown West) and Ryan Giovanetti (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) finished in the top six in their respective weight classes for the Royals. Calimano finished fourth at 285, Weitemeyer was fifth at 174 and Giovanetti placed sixth at 149.

The Royals return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 23, when they face Bergen Community College at 6 p.m. in Bergen, N.J.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Wednesday, Jan. 23
Men’s basketball – vs. Moravian (7 p.m.)
Women’s basketball – at Moravian (7 p.m.)
Wrestling – at Bergen County College (6 p.m.)

Saturday, Jan. 26
Men’s basketball – vs. Juniata (7 p.m.)
Women’s basketball – vs. Juniata (5 p.m.)
Men’s swimming & diving – vs. Drew (1 p.m.)
Women’s swimming & diving – vs. Drew (1 p.m.)
Wrestling – at Builder Invitational, Newport News, Va. (9 a.m.) 


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