Royal Review -- January 21-27 (No. 20 in a weekly series)
Men’s basketball (14-5, 6-3 Landmark)
The University of Scranton men’s basketball team won a pair of Landmark Conference games at home during the week to move into second place with five conference games remaining.
The Royals opened the week by handing Moravian College an 80-65 defeat in the Long Center on Wednesday, Jan. 23. Senior guard Tim Lavelle (Clarks Green, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) scored a career-high 17 points to go along with five assists, three rebounds and two steals.
Senior guard Travis Farrell (Middletown, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) had 14 points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals, sophomore guard Ross Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights/Blair Academy, N.J.) had 13 points, five rebounds and four assists, and freshman forward Brendan Boken (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola) added 12 points and eight rebounds in the win.
Scranton kept up its strong play on Saturday, Jan. 26, when it knocked off visiting Juniata College, 81-60, in the Long Center. Danzig led the way with 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Boken finished with 12 points and six rebounds and junior guard Tommy Morgan (Greenlawn, N.Y./Chaminade) added 12 points and three assists.
Prior to tip-off, Danzig was presented with the 60th annual John “Les” Dickman Award, which is annually given to the team’s most valuable player.
The Royals return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 29, when they travel to Ithaca, N.Y. for a non-conference game against Ithaca College at 7 p.m.
Women’s basketball (13-6, 5-3 Landmark)
The University of Scranton women’s basketball team split a pair of Landmark Conference games during the week and is currently tied for third place with six games remaining.
The Lady Royals opened the week with a 70-62 loss at first-place Moravian on Wednesday, Jan. 23. Senior forward Erin Boggan (Danbury, Conn./Danbury) scored a career-high 24 points while pulling down seven rebounds and making two blocks in the loss. Sophomore forward Meredith Mesaris (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) added 12 points.
Scranton rebounded on Saturday, Jan. 26, to post a 65-58 victory over Juniata College in the Long Center. The win pulled the Lady Royals into a tie for third place with Juniata after splitting the two regular seasons meetings with the Eagles.
The Lady Royals overcame a nine-point halftime deficit as junior guard Alison Sweeney (Wall, N.J./St. Rose) and sophomore guard Lindsay Fluehr (Bensalem, Pa./Nazareth Academy) each had 12 points. Mesaris added 11 points and Boggan finished with nine points and 10 rebounds in the win.
Scranton is back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 30, when it travels to Kings Point, N.Y. for a Landmark Conference game at Merchant Marine Academy.
Women’s Swimming & Diving (10-2, 6-1 Landmark)
The University of Scranton women’s swimming & diving team wrapped up its regular season with a 154-91 victory over Drew University in the Long Center on Saturday, Jan. 26.
Junior Sara Franciscovich (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson), sophomore Paige Agnello (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) and junior Kelsy McAnelly (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) combined to play a role in eight of the team’s 10 victories.
Franciscovich picked up her 16th and 17th wins of the season by taking the 100 freestyle in 56.70 and the 200 freestyle in 2:05.69. She also swam on the winning 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams.
Agnello now has 10 individual wins this season after taking first place in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.06) and 200 breaststroke (1:11.06). McAnelly earned a first-place finish in the 100 butterfly (1:07.55) while joining Franciscovich on the two winning relay teams.
The Royals will now prepare for the Landmark Conference championships, which will be held Feb. 8-10 at nearby Marywood University.
Men’s Swimming & Diving (9-2, 5-1 Landmark)
The University of Scranton men’s swimming & diving team completed its regular season by defeating Drew University, 166-70, on Saturday, Jan. 26, in the Byron Center.
The Royals received two first-place finishes each from sophomore Mitchell Colby (Bernardsville, N.J./Bernards) in the 100 free (10:24.26) and the 200 back (2:05.44), junior John Hughes (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Catholic) in the 100 (1:01.54) and 200 breaststroke (2:22.30), and freshman Kyle Burnett (Cedar Grove, N.J./St. Anthony’s) in the 200 free (1:51.94) and 200 individual medley (2:07.50).
Scranton now has two weeks to get ready for the Landmark Conference championships, which will be held Feb. 8-10 at nearby Marywood University.
The University of Scranton wrestling team dropped a dual meet and finished third at an invitational last week.
The Royals traveled to Bergen, N.J. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, and fell to Bergen Community College, 28-15, on Wednesday, Jan. 23. Sophomore Shawn Flesche (Northvale, N.J./Northern Valley Regional) scored a pin at 165 pounds, and Scranton got victories by decision from junior Ryan Giovanetti (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) at 149, junior Chris Silakowski (Trenton, N.J./Notre Dame) at 197 and freshman Eric Calimano (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) at 285.
Scranton traveled to Newport News, Va. and finished third among 21 teams at The Builder Invitational at The Apprentice School on Saturday, Jan. 26. Flesche took home the title at 165 pounds while junior Joseph Weitemeyer (Damsite, N.Y./Smithtown West) finished third at 174. The Royals also got fourth-place finishes from Silakoski at 197 and freshman Corey Forlenza (Montville, N.J./Montville Township) at 125.
Scranton returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 30, when the Royals travel to New York, N.Y. to face Yeshiva University at 8 p.m.
This Week in University of Scranton Athletics
Men’s basketball – at Ithaca (7 p.m.)
Women’s basketball – at Merchant Marine Academy (7 p.m.)
Wrestling – at Yeshiva (8 p.m.)
Men’s basketball – at Susquehanna (4 p.m.)
Women’s basketball – at Susquehanna (2 p.m.)