Royal Review: November 12-18 (No. 12 in a weekly series)
Men’s Soccer (17-3-2)
The University of Scranton men’s soccer team advanced to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time since 1983 before falling in a national quarterfinal to top-ranked Messiah.
The Royals won their Sweet 16 match, 1-0, over Stevens Institute of Technology, on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Graham Field on the campus of York College in York, Pa. Sophomore forward Kevin Kozic (Raritan, N.J./Immaculata) scored the game-winning goal in the 65th minute as Scranton reached the national quarterfinals for the first time since 1983.
In the quarterfinal, the Royals couldn’t solve top-ranked Messiah, falling 3-0. The Falcons advanced to the Final Four for the 12th time in school history and will be aiming for its ninth national title.
Scranton’s 17 wins are its most since 1990 and also the most in the 14-year tenure of head coach Matt Pivirotto.
Men’s Basketball (2-0)
The University of Scranton men’s basketball team captured its third straight Radisson Invitational title with a pair of wins in the John Long Center over the weekend.
Scranton posted a 63-55 victory over Oneonta State in an opening-round game on Friday, Nov. 16. The Royals trailed by four, but used a strong defensive effort after halftime to pull out the win. Senior guard Travis Farrell (Middletown, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) and sophomore guard Ross Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights/Blair Academy, N.J.) both had 17 points.
In the title game, Scranton took an early lead and held Baruch College at bay en route to an 81-69 victory on Saturday, Nov. 17. Danzig finished with 22 points, 13 rebounds and six assists to earn MVP honors. Freshman forward Brendan Boken (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola) had 16 points and seven rebounds, Farrell earned all-tournament honors after scoring 13 points and sophomore guard Michael Fee (Richboro, Pa./St. Joseph’s Preparatory) added 10 points.
Scranton is back in action on Tuesday, Nov. 20, when it travels to Dallas, Pa. to face Misericordia at 7 p.m.
Women’s Basketball (2-0)
The University of Scranton women’s basketball team won the Chuck Resler Tournament at the University of Rochester with a pair of victories over the weekend.
In the opener, the Lady Royals took a 19-point second half lead, then held off St. John Fisher for a 65-58 victory. Senior forward Erin Boggan (Danbury, Conn./Danbury) and sophomore forward Meredith Mesaris (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) both had 16 points, and senior guard Christina Hiltunen (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Kearney) added 10.
In the title game, Scranton knocked off No. 24 Rochester, 61-45, behind 19 points and 10 rebounds from Boggan, who earned tournament MVP honors. Mesaris added 15 points while earning all-tournament honors.
Scranton plays its home opener on Tuesday, Nov. 20, against King’s College at 7 p.m. in the Long Center.
Men’s Swimming & Diving (6-1, 3-0 Landmark)
The University of Scranton men’s swimming & diving team posted a 150-111 victory over Susquehanna on Sunday, Nov. 18, in Selinsgrove, Pa.
Freshman Mitchell Colby (Bernardsville, N.J./Bernards) won three events – the 200 free (1:50.66), 200 back (2:04.59) and the 500 free (4:58.21) – and senior Andrew Urban (Ambler, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) captured first in the 50 (:22.56) and 100 (:49.37) free and swam a leg on two first-place finishing relay teams to lead Scranton.
The Royals also picked up first-place finishes from senior Nathan Wynosky (Schnecksville, Pa./Parkland) in the 1000 free (10:36.06), junior John Hughes (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Catholic) in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.83), and senior Stephen Nicolosi (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights) in the 100 fly (:54.71).
The Royals will compete in the Diamond City Invitational in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.
Women’s Swimming & Diving (6-2, 3-1 Landmark)
The University of Scranton women’s swimming & diving team suffered a 150-112 loss to Landmark Conference rival Susquehanna on Sunday, Nov. 18, in Selinsgrove, Pa.
Junior Sara Franciscovich (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) won three events – the 100 (1:01.66) and 200 (2:16.22) backstroke and the 100 fly (1:04.45) to lead the Royals. Scranton also received first-place finishes from sophomore Kaitlyn Maloney (Basking Ridge, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) in the 1000 free (11:17.71), senior Jenny Fitzmaurice (Milford, Conn./Academy of Our Lady of Mercy) in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.25), and freshman Julia Murphy (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) in the 50 free (:26.21).
The Royals will return to action on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, at the Diamond City Invitational in Wilkes-Barre, Pa..
The University of Scranton wrestling team posted a 45-9 victory over Muhlenberg on Saturday, Nov. 17, in Allentown, Pa.
Senior Robert Leavy (Bronx, N.Y./Iona Preparatory) earned a win by decision at 157 pounds and the Royals took advantage of seven forfeit victories in the win.
The Royals will break for the holidays and return to action on Saturday, Jan. 5, when they travel to New York, N.Y. to face New York University, Hunter College and Southern Maine.
This Week in University of
Men’s basketball – at Misericordia (7 p.m.)
Women’s basketball – vs. King’s (7 p.m.)