Royal Review: April 14-20 (No. 32 in a weekly series)
Men’s Golf (11-1)
The University of Scranton men’s golf team finished second at the Empire 8 Conference Championships for the second straight season as three players finished in the top six.
Scranton opened the week by finishing second at the Glenmaura National Collegiate Invitational in the two-day event that concluded on Monday, April 14. The Royals finished four shots behind McDaniel College, ending Scranton’s three-year reign as the event champion. Scranton received a second-place finish from senior Charles Hudacek (Moosic, Pa./Scranton Preparatory), who shot 10-over-par 152, and a third place from junior Erik Meyer (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights), who finished at 12-over 154.
At the final two rounds of the Empire 8 championships on Friday and Saturday, April 18 and 19, at Hershey Country Club’s East Course in Hershey, Pa., Scranton finished the event with a total of 1,230, which was 94-over-par for the four total rounds, and 26 shots behind St. John Fisher, which won its fourth straight conference crown.
Meyer finished in a tie for second with a four-round total of 304, one stroke behind the conference champion. Sophomore Eric Montella (Waverly, Pa./Abington Heights) finished fifth with a total of 307, and fellow sophomore Ryan Brown (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep) finished tied for sixth at 309.
Scranton is back in action on Monday, April 21, when it takes on Baptist Bible College at 1 p.m. at Stone Hedge Golf Club in Tunkhannock, Pa.
Women’s Tennis (9-6, 6-0 Landmark)
The University of Scranton women’s tennis team completed an undefeated regular season in conference play with a 9-0 victory at Susquehanna on Thursday, April 17.
Five players posted both singles and doubles victories -- senior Devon Cohen (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham), sophomore Emily Walsh (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep) and juniors Megan Azzalina (Easton, Pa./Notre Dame), Nicole Mahaffey (Harrisburg, Pa./Trinity) and Lisa-Marie Lanciotti (Northport, N.Y./Kings Park).
Top-seeded Scranton will begin its quest for a third straight Landmark Conference title when it hosts fourth-seeded Juniata on Tuesday, April 22, at 3:30 p.m. in a Landmark Conference semifinal at Royal Courts.
Men’s Tennis (7-4, 5-2 Landmark)
The University of Scranton men’s tennis team wrapped up its regular season with an 8-1 win at Susquehanna on Thursday, April 17.
Senior Brian Williams (Madison, N.J./Madison), juniors Ryan Bair (Leola, Pa./Lancaster Catholic) and Kevin Prendergast (Flanders, N.J./Mt. Olive), and freshmen Matt Prendergast (Flanders, N.J./Mt. Olive) and Michael Pottieger (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing Area) each had singles and doubles victories.
The Royals will enter this week’s Landmark Conference playoffs as the third seed and will visit Catholic on Wednesday, April 23, at 3:15 p.m. for a semifinal match.
Women’s Lacrosse (5-7, 2-3 Landmark)
The University of Scranton women’s lacrosse team won a pair of non-conference games during the week to push its winning to three straight.
The Royals opened the week with a 13-11 victory over Cabrini on Tuesday, April 15, at snowy Fitzpatrick Field. Senior Kerry Sullivan (Oceanport, N.J./Shore Regional) scored a season-high six goals, and freshman Meghan Kerr (Warwick, N.Y./John S. Burke Catholic) had four goals and four assists. The Royals also received three goals and two assists from sophomore Erin Allen (Syosset, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy Academy) and a 12-save performance in goal from junior Emily Towey (Abington, Pa./Abington).
A day later, Scranton rolled to an 18-7 victory over Mt. St. Vincent in Yonkers, N.Y. Sullivan had three goals while Kerr and senior attacker Erin Green (Merrick, N.Y./Sandford Calhoun) both had two goals and two assists in the victory.
The Royals are back in action on Wednesday, April 23, when they host Oneonta State at 7 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.
Men’s Lacrosse (9-6, 4-1 Landmark)
The University of Scranton men’s lacrosse team suffered an 8-7 defeat at Susquehanna on Thursday, April 17, dropping the Royals into a three-way tie for first place in the Landmark Conference with one game remaining.
The Royals were led by senior midfielder John Gregitis (Wayne, Pa./St. Joseph’s Preparatory) with three goals and freshman attacker Ryan Mygatt (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) had a goal and an assist.
Scranton, which has clinched a Landmark Conference playoff berth, will complete its regular season on Saturday, April 26, when the Royals travel to Towson, Md. to take on Goucher in a Landmark Conference game at 3:30 p.m.
Baseball (8-14, 3-10 Landmark)
The University of Scranton baseball team lost four games during the week, all in Landmark Conference play.
The Royals opened the week by dropping a doubleheader against Merchant Marine Academy, losing 10-3 and 5-4, on Monday, April 14, at PNC Field in Moosic, Pa. In the opener, junior shortstop Justin Klingman (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) singled and scored, and seniors Matt Maghini (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) and Michael Gaeta (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) and junior Michael Umerich (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) each had RBIs. In the nightcap, which went nine innings, sophomore outfielder Nick Papillo (Germantown, Md./St. John’s College H.S.) had an RBI single and junior first baseman Ross Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights/Blair Academy, N.J.) had a two-run single.
On Saturday, April 19, the Royals lost a pair to Moravian, 7-4 and 12-1, at Connell Park. In the opener, Danzig had an RBI single in the first inning, and Gaeta had an RBI double, senior third baseman Mike Trabulsi (Malverne, N.Y./Chaminade) had an RBI single, and Umerich singled twice, walked twice and scored twice. In the second game, Umerich had an RBI single for the Royals’ only run.
Scranton and Moravian complete their series with a single game on Monday, April 21, at 3 p.m. at Connell Park.
Softball (6-15, 2-6 Landmark)
The University of Scranton softball team did not play during the week after having a doubleheader at Penn State-Hazleton canceled on Wednesday, April 16, due to unplayable field conditions.
The Royals are back on the diamond on Monday, April 21, when they travel across town to take on Marywood at 3 p.m.
Baseball – vs. Moravian (3 p.m.)
Men’s golf – at Baptist Bible (1 p.m.)
Softball – at Marywood (3 p.m.)
Baseball – at Wilkes (4 p.m.)
Men’s golf – vs. Marywood (1 p.m.)
Softball – vs. Moravian (4 p.m.)
Women’s tennis – vs. Juniata, Landmark Conference semifinal (3:30 p.m.)
Baseball – vs. Ramapo (3:30 p.m.)
Women’s lacrosse – vs. Oneonta State (7 p.m.)
Men’s tennis – at Catholic, Landmark Conference semifinal (3:15 p.m.)
Baseball – vs. Juniata (4 p.m.)
Softball – at Hunter (3 p.m.)
Baseball – at Drew (1 p.m., DH)
Men’s lacrosse – at Goucher (3:30 p.m.)
Women’s lacrosse – at Merchant Marine Academy (2 p.m.)
Softball – at Catholic (1 p.m.)
Baseball – at Drew (Noon)