Royal Review: April 7-13 (No. 31 in a weekly series)
Women’s Tennis (8-6, 5-0 Landmark)
The University of Scranton women’s tennis team went 2-0 during the week, securing the top seed in the Landmark Conference playoffs in the process.
The Royals defeated Moravian, 5-4, on Tuesday, April 8, at Royal Courts. Senior Devon Cohen (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) overcame six match points to pull out a dramatic 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory at No. 2 singles to secure the deciding point. Junior Lisa-Marie Lanciotti (Northport, N.Y./Kings Park) added a pair of victories for the Royals.
Scranton wrapped up the top seed on Saturday, April 12, with a 6-3 win over Catholic at Royal Courts. Junior Nicole Mahaffey (Harrisburg, Pa./Trinity) and sophomore Emily Walsh (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep) each had a pair of wins to lead the way.
The Royals will wrap up the regular season on Thursday, April 17, when they visit Susquehanna at 1 p.m.
Men’s Golf (11-1)
The University of Scranton men’s golf team posted five wins and one loss in its first week of competition this spring.
The Royals got the season started with a 291-325 victory over Wilkes on Monday, April 7, at Huntsville Golf Club in Dallas, Pa. Junior Erik Meyer (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) captured medalist honors with a one-under-par 71, and Scranton also received a career-low rounds of 72 from sophomore Ryan Brown (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) and senior Brandon Gano (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan).
On Wednesday, April 9, Scranton posted a 316-342 victory over King’s and a 316-431 win over Baptist Bible College at Glenmaura National Golf Club. The Royals were led by senior Charles Hudacek (Moosic, Pa./Scranton Prep), who shot a 6-over-par 77, and juniors Meyer and Grant Gulick (Binghamton, N.Y./Johnson City), who finished with 78 and 79, respectively.
A day later, the Royals defeated Baptist Bible, 339-404, and King’s, 339-357, but fell to Marywood, 339-334, at Glenmaura National Golf Club. Meyer led the Royals with a 5-over-par 76.
On Sunday, April 13, Scranton put itself in position to win a fourth straight Glenmaura National Collegiate Invitational by shooting 313 in the first of two rounds, six shots behind the leader, McDaniel College. Hudacek shot 74 and Brown had 78 to lead the Royals.
Scranton will complete the Glenmaura National Collegiate Invitational on Monday, April 14, at Glenmaura National Golf Club in Moosic, Pa.
Men’s Lacrosse (9-5, 4-0 Landmark)
The University of Scranton men’s lacrosse team went 1-1 during the week, including a Landmark Conference victory that kept the Royals in first place with two games remaining.
Scranton opened the week with a 13-7 loss to Franklin & Marshall on Wednesday, April 9, at Fitzpatrick Field. Sophomore forward Alec Mikrut (Belle Mead, N.J./Montgomery) had a season-high five goals, and senior attacker Gus Sturm (Devon, Pa./Conestoga) and freshman attacker Ryan Mygatt (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) chipped in one apiece.
On Saturday, April 12, the Royals remained unbeaten in conference play with an 11-4 victory over Merchant Marine Academy at Fitzpatrick Field. Sophomore goalkeeper Nicholas McKaba (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris) made seven second-half saves as the Royals allowed just one goal after intermission. The Royals also received two goals apiece from sophomores Brad Elkin (West Chester, Pa./Malvern Preparatory) and Mikrut, as well as Sturm and fellow senior Matt Tibbitts (West Hartford, Conn./Conard).
Scranton returns to action on Thursday, April 17, when it travels to Selinsgrove, Pa. to take on Susquehanna at 6 p.m.
Men’s Tennis (6-4, 4-2 Landmark)
The University of Scranton men’s tennis team went 2-1 on the week, clinching a Landmark Conference playoff berth in the process.
The Royals began the week by edging Moravian, 3-2, on Wednesday, April 9, at Royal Courts. Senior James Dalkiewicz (Shavertown, Pa./Lake-Lehman) pulled out a three-set victory at No. 6 singles and fellow seniors David Teres (Lebanon, N.J./North Hunterdon) and Brian Williams (Madison, N.J./Madison) won a hard-fought match at No. 1 doubles to lead the way.
On Saturday, April 12, the Royals suffered a 7-2 setback against Catholic at Royal Courts. Teres picked up a win at No. 1 singles and junior Ryan Bair (Leola, Pa./Lancaster Catholic) and freshman Matt Prendergast (Flanders, N.J./Mt. Olive) teamed for a win at No. 2 doubles.
A day later, Scranton clinched a playoff berth with a 7-2 win over Merchant Marine Academy at Royal Courts. Prendergast and sophomore Michael O’Malley (Middletown, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) each had a pair of victories.
Scranton is back in action when it hosts Ursinus on Wednesday, April 16, at 4 p.m. at Royal Courts.
Women’s Lacrosse (3-7, 2-3 Landmark)
The University of Scranton women’s lacrosse team went 1-1 on the week, including an important Landmark Conference victory.
The Royals opened the week with a narrow 12-11 loss to Ursinus on Tuesday, April 8, at Fitzpatrick Field. Junior midfielder Emily Goss (Morristown, N.J./Morristown) had a team-high five goals and freshman Meghan Kerr (Warwick, N.Y./John S. Burke Catholic) added a pair of goals.
On Saturday, April 12, Scranton kept its playoff hopes alive with a 12-9 victory over Goucher at Fitzpatrick Field. Junior goalkeeper Emily Towey (Abington, Pa./Abington) made 11 saves, and senior Christine Dredger (Glen Head, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy Academy) had three goals and an assist, and Kerr added three goals in the win.
Scranton is back in action on Tuesday, April 15, when it hosts Cabrini at 7 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.
Softball (3-6, 1-1 Landmark)
The University of Scranton softball team went 2-4 during the week, including 1-3 in Landmark Conference play.
The Royals opened the week by splitting a doubleheader against King’s, losing 21-9 and winning 9-8, on Tuesday, April 8, at the Jessup Youth Sports Complex. Senior Caitlin McHenry (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Walter Panas) singled, doubled, drove in a run and scored a run in the opener. In the nightcap, freshman first baseman Kaitlin O’Sullivan (Bensalem, Pa./Nazareth Academy) lined a walk-off RBI double in the bottom of the seventh to win it. Freshmen Shannon Stricker (Morrisville, Pa./Conwell Egan), Marisa Ciriello (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) and Christine Kiefer (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) each homered in the win.
On Saturday, April 12, the Royals split a Landmark Conference doubleheader against Juniata, winning 17-9 and losing 7-5, at the Jessup Youth Sports Complex. In the opener, McHenry singled, doubled, homered, drove in four and scored twice. Stricker, Ciriello and junior second baseman Stephanie Romano (Oak Ridge, N.J./West Milford) each added three hits. In the second game, Kiefer had three hits, two RBIs and scored a run, and freshman catcher Jacqueline DeSarro (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic) added three hits.
A day later, the Royals dropped both ends of a Landmark Conference doubleheader at Susquehanna, falling 8-0 and 7-3. Stricker had the Royals’ lone hit in the opener. In the second game, junior center fielder Gabrielle Santarelli (Peckville, Pa./Valley View) had a three-run double.
Scranton is back in action on Tuesday, April 16, when it hosts Keystone College in a doubleheader at 4 p.m. at the Jessup Youth Sports Complex.
Baseball (7-7, 2-3 Landmark)
The University of Scranton baseball team went 1-3 during the week, with all four games coming in Landmark Conference play.
On Tuesday, April 8, the Royals fell to Merchant Marine Academy, 14-5, in a game played at Keystone College in LaPlume, Pa. Senior right fielder Michael Gaeta (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) and sophomore center fielder Zach Dignam (Bridgewater, N.J./Immaculata) hit solo home runs in the loss.
On Saturday, April 12, Scranton split a Landmark Conference doubleheader at Susquehanna, winning 8-7 and losing 6-1. Junior first baseman Ross Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights/Blair Academy, N.J.) had a grand slam in the opener, junior shortstop Justin Klingman (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) had three hits and scored twice, and junior righty Michael Villegas (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) stranded runners on second and third for his fourth save. In the second game, senior second baseman Matt Maghini (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) singled and scored a run.
A day later, the Royals lost the final game of the series at Susquehanna, 11-6. Dignam blasted a two-run home run among his three hits, Gaeta had two hits and junior left fielder Michael Umerich (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) scored twice.
Scranton is back in action on Monday, April 14, when it hosts Merchant Marine Academy in a doubleheader at 4 p.m. at PNC Field in Moosic, Pa.
This Week in University of Scranton Athletics
Baseball – vs. Merchant Marine Academy at PNC Field (4 p.m., DH)
Men’s golf – Glenmaura National Collegiate Invitational, final round (8 a.m.)
Women’s lacrosse – vs. Cabrini (7 p.m.)
Softball – vs. Keystone (4 p.m., DH)
Baseball – vs. Keystone at PNC Field (4 p.m.)
Women’s lacrosse – at Mt. St. Vincent (4 p.m.)
Softball – at Penn State-Hazleton (3 p.m., DH)
Men’s tennis – vs. Ursinus (4 p.m.)
Men’s lacrosse – at Susquehanna (6 p.m.)
Men’s tennis – at Susquehanna (1 p.m.)
Women’s tennis – at Susquehanna (1 p.m.)
Men’s golf – Empire 8 Conference Championships, third round, Hershey Country Club East Course (TBA)
Baseball – vs. Moravian (1 p.m., DH)
Men’s golf – Empire 8 Conference Championships, final round, Hershey Country Club East Course (TBA)