Royal Review: May 6-12 (No. 35 in a weekly series)
Women’s tennis (10-8)
The University of Scranton women’s tennis team reached the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament after posting the first NCAA victory in the program’s 38-year history.
The Royals traveled to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. for their NCAA Regional and opened play with a 5-0 victory over LaRoche College in a first-round match on Friday, May 10. Junior Devon Cohen (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) and freshman Emily Walsh (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) each posted a pair of victories.
Scranton also received doubles victories from the teams of senior Lindsay Ward (Bensalem, Pa./Archbishop Wood) and Megan Azzalina (Easton, Pa./Notre Dame), and junior Stephanie Boccuzzi (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) and Megan Azzalina (Harrisburg, Pa./Trinity).
On Saturday, the Royals’ NCAA run came to an end with a 5-0 loss to seventh-ranked Johns Hopkins. Scranton was making its second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament after making its first-ever appearance last season.
The University of Scranton baseball team reached the Landmark Conference championship on Monday, May 6, but lost in the first game to Moravian College, 8-5. The Royals were making their third trip to the championship in the past six seasons.
Needing to beat the Greyhounds twice, Scranton rallied to tie the game at 5 in the sixth inning, but could not complete the comeback. Sophomore first baseman Ross Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights/Blair Academy, N.J.) finished the day with three hits, including a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. Senior shortstop Tim LeCompte (Philadelphia, Pa./Roman Catholic) also had three hits, two RBIs and scored a run.
The Royals won 20 or more games for the third straight season, the first time in school history they’ve accomplished that feat.