Royal Review: March 4-10

Senior Taylor Nelson went over the 100-point career mark in today's 9-4 victory over Lycoming at Malvern Preparatory School in Malvern, Pennsylvania.
Senior Taylor Nelson went over the 100-point career mark in today's 9-4 victory over Lycoming at Malvern Preparatory School in Malvern, Pennsylvania.

Men’s lacrosse (2-3)

The University of Scranton men’s lacrosse team went 1-1 during the week, dropping an 8-3 decision at second-ranked Cortland State on Wednesday, then bouncing back to defeat Lycoming, 9-4, on Saturday in Malvern, Pa.

In the Cortland State game, the Royals jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead before the Scarlet Dragons rallied for the win. Scranton received a goal and an assist from junior midfielder Matt Tibbitts (West Hartford, Conn./Conard) and a goal apiece from senior midfielder Dillon McInerney (Hawthorne, N.J./Bergen Catholic) and freshman Alec Mikrut (Belle Mead, N.J./Montgomery).

In the win over Lycoming, senior attacker Taylor Nelson (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) led the way with three goals and an assist, including the 100th point of his career, and McInerney and sophomore attacker Will Mahle (Montgomery, N.J./Montgomery) added a pair as the Royals snapped a three-game losing streak.

Scranton is back in action on Saturday, March 16, when it faces Marywood on the road at noon.

Women’s lacrosse (0-2)

The University of Scranton women’s lacrosse team rallied from an early deficit, but could not come all the way back, losing at Lebanon Valley, 12-11, on Saturday, March 9.

Freshman midfielder Erin Allen (Syosset, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy Academy) led a balanced Scranton attack with a season-high three goals, senior attacker Deanna Giorno (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) and sophomore midfielder Emily Goss (Morristown, N.J./Morristown) finished with two goals and an assist apiece, and junior attacker Christine Dredger (Glen Head, N.Y./Lady of Mercy Academy) chipped in two goals.

Scranton is back in action on Thursday, March 14, when it travels to Aston, Pa. to face Neumann at 4 p.m.

Softball (2-2)

The University of Scranton softball team opened its season with four games at the Seagull Classic in Salisbury, Md., going 2-2.

The Royals opened play on Friday, March 8, by dropping a pair of games – 10-1 to Washington & Jefferson and 9-2 to Randolph Macon. Sophomore Stephanie Romano (Oak Ridge, N.J./West Milford) had two of Scranton’s five hits in the opener and sophomore Gabrielle Santarelli (Peckville, Pa./Valley View) drove in the Royals’ lone run with a two-out single in the bottom of the second inning.  Scranton’s other hits were by senior captains Jamie Shackles (Philadelphia, Pa./Little Flower) and Kristen Williams (Monroe, N.Y./Monroe Woodbury).

Against Randolph Macon, Williams and freshmen Alison Kucharski (Hampton, N.J./North Hunterdon) and Marie Gentile (Jefferson Township, Pa./North Pocono), who doubled, paced the Royals’ nine-hit attack with two hits apiece.

On Saturday, March 9, the Royals won a pair of one-run games, 10-9 over Gettysburg and 4-3 over Shenandoah. The Royals held off Gettysburg in the opener when sophomore left fielder Karey Fortier (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) reached over the fence and made a catch to rob the Bullets of a two-run home run to end the game.

Romano led Scranton with three hits and two RBIs, Shackles had two hits and two RBIs, and sophomore Blaire Wilkie (Kulpville, Pa./North Penn) smacked two hits and scored three times. Winning pitcher Kucharski and junior Caitlin McHenry (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Walter Panas) each drove in a pair of runs for Scranton, which finished with 11 hits.

Against Shenandoah, Williams had two hits and drove in a run, and Santarelli, freshman Maria Gentile (Jefferson Township, Pa./North Pocono), Shackles, McHenry and Romano each contributed a hit Royals.

Scranton is back in action on Tuesday, March 12, when it travels to Cedar Crest for a doubleheader at 3 p.m.

Baseball (3-4)

The University of Scranton baseball team went 1-2 during the week, winning at York, 11-8, on Saturday, March 9, then dropping a doubleheader at King’s, 5-1 and 3-2, on Sunday, March 10.

In the win over York, sophomore first baseman Ross Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights/Blair Academy, N.J.) had three hits, including a double. Senior shortstop Tim LeCompte (Philadelphia, Pa./Roman Catholic) added a pair of hits and two runs, and the Royals got two RBIs each from junior catcher Eddie Ravert (Havertown, Pa./Malvern Prep), junior third baseman Mike Trabulsi (Malverne, N.Y./Chaminade) and sophomore second baseman Matt Maghini (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand).

Against King’s, Danzig had two hits in the opener, Maghini had a single and a run, and senior outfielder Michael Gaeta (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) had an RBI. In the second game, LeCompte had two hits and a run, freshman outfielder Ray Grapsy (Covington Township, Pa./North Pocono) had two hits and an RBI and sophomore Michael Umerich (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) had an RBI single.

The Royals return to action on Saturday, March 16, when they open Landmark Conference play with a doubleheader at Juniata beginning at 1 p.m.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Tuesday, March 12
Softball – at Cedar Crest (DH, 3 p.m.)

Thursday, March 14
Women’s lacrosse – at Neumann (4 p.m.)

Saturday, March 16
Baseball – at Juniata (DH, 1 p.m.)
Men’s lacrosse – at Marywood (noon)
Women’s lacrosse – at Cabrini (noon)
Men’s tennis – at Juniata (1 p.m.)
Women’s tennis – at Juniata (noon)

Sunday, March 17
Baseball – at Juniata (noon)
Softball – vs. Drew (1 p.m.)