Royal Review: February 25-March 3 (No. 25 in a weekly series)
Women’s basketball (19-9)
The University of Scranton women’s basketball team made its 26th appearance in the NCAA Tournament when it traveled to Rochester, N.Y., the site of first- and second-round games on March 1 and 2. The Lady Royals suffered a first-round loss to 15th-ranked Williams College, 79-59, on Friday, March 2.
Sophomore forward Meredith Mesaris (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) led Scranton with 17 points and junior guard Alison Sweeney (Wall, N.J./St. Rose) added 10 points. Sophomore guard Lindsay Fluehr (Bensalem, Pa./Nazareth Academy) had a strong game with six points, eight rebounds and three assists.
The Lady Royals’ season ends at 19-9, their 38th consecutive winning season in the program’s 39 years of existence. Scranton is now 53-31 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
The University of Scranton wrestling team competed in the NCAA East Regional tournament Saturday, March 2, at Gettysburg College.
The Royals finished 14th in the 17-team field with 10.5 points. Sophomore Shawn Flesche (Northvale, N.J./Northern Valley Regional) and junior Chris Silakoski (Trenton, N.J./Notre Dame) posted wins for Scranton.
Flesche earned his 17th win of the season and the 34th of his career by pinning Joe Fiore of Gettysburg at 2:40 of the first period in a consolation-round match at 165. Silakosi won his opening-round match at 197, pinning Ricky Tisinger of McDaniel College at the 6:59 mark of the third period, to pick up his 14th win of the year and the 41st of his career.
The NCAA East Regional concludes the Royals’ season.
The University of Scranton baseball team opened its season by splitting doubleheaders on both Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3. The Royals opened their season by defeating Albright, 11-4, in the first game on Saturday, before falling 5-4 in the second game, both at Diamond Nation in Flemington, N.J.
Junior outfielder Michael Gaeta (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) had three hits, two runs scored and an RBI in the opener, junior designated hitter Eric Pizzico (Royersford, Pa./Spring Ford) singled, homered, drove in a pair and scored once, and four other Royals finished with two hits apiece in the win.
In the second game, sophomore first baseman Ross Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights/Blair Academy, N.J.) singled twice, drove in a run and scored a run, senior catcher Michael Amaturo (Rye, N.Y./Rye) had two hits and an RBI, and freshman outfielder Ray Grapsy (Covington Township, Pa./North Pocono) had two singles and a run scored.
On Sunday, the Royals defeated FDU-Florham, 8-4, in the opener before dropping the second game, 8-3, again at Diamond Nation. Pizzico had three hits, an RBI and a run, Gaeta singled, doubled, drove in a run and scored another, and junior third baseman Michael Trabulsi (Malverne, N.Y./Chaminade) added two hits, an RBI and a run scored. Senior lefty Corey Gorman (Laflin, Pa./Coughlin) struck out six in 4 2/3 innings for the win, and sophomore righty Josh Bayzick (Sugarloaf, Pa./Hazleton Area) threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings for his first career save.
In the second game, Dignam singled twice and drove in a pair of runs, and Pizzico added two hits and an RBI in the loss.
Scranton is back in action on Saturday, March 9, when it goes on the road to face York (Pa.) in a single game at 1:30 p.m.
Men’s lacrosse (1-2)
The University of Scranton men’s lacrosse team dropped a pair of games during the week, falling at York (Pa.), 11-4, on Wednesday, Feb. 27, the losing to Muhlenberg, 6-3, on Saturday, March 2, at Fitzpatrick Field.
In the game at York, senior attacker Taylor Nelson (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) led the Royals with a goal and an assist, and junior attacker Gus Sturm (Devon, Pa./Conestoga), senior midfielder Dillon McInerney (Hawthorne, N.J./Bergen Catholic) and freshman midfielder Alec Mikrut (Belle Mead, N.J./Montgomery) chipped in a goal apiece.
In the loss to Muhlenberg, junior midfielder Matt Tibbitts (West Hartford, Conn./Conard) had two goals, freshman midfielder Alec Mikrut (Belle Mead, N.J./Montgomery) added a goal, senior attacker Taylor Nelson (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) had two assists.
The Royals return to action on Wednesday, March 6, when they face Cortland State at 3:30 p.m. in Cortland, N.Y.
Women’s lacrosse (0-1)
The University of Scranton women’s lacrosse lost its season opener, 12-9, to Haverford in the coaching debut of head coach Cindy Wilson on Saturday, March 2, at Fitzpatrick Field.
Senior midfielder Jilliana DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) and junior attacker Kerry Sullivan (Oceanport, N.J./Shore Regional) led the Royals with three goals apiece and senior attacker Deanna Giorno (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) finished with a goal and an assist.
Scranton also received a goal apiece from sophomore midfielder Emily Goss (Morristown, N.J./Morristown) and junior midfielder Shannon Ginty (Mineola, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) and an assist from junior attacker Christine Dredger (Glen Head, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy Academy).
The Royals are back in action on Saturday, March 9, when they travel to Annville, Pa. to take on Lebanon Valley at 1 p.m.
This Week in University of Scranton Athletics
Men’s lacrosse – at Cortland State (3:30 p.m.)
Friday, March 8
Softball – vs. Washington & Jefferson, at Salisbury, Md. (noon)
Softball – vs. Randolph Macon, at Salisbury, Md. (4 p.m.)
Baseball – at York (Pa.) (1:30 p.m.)
Men’s lacrosse – vs. Lycoming at Malvern, Pa. (2:30 p.m.)
Women’s lacrosse – at Lebanon Valley (1 p.m.)
Softball – vs. Gettysburg, at Salisbury, Md. (10 a.m.)
Softball – vs. Shenandoah, at Salisbury, Md. (2 p.m.)
Baseball – at King’s (noon, DH)