Royal Review (April 21-27): No. 33 in a weekly series

Royal Review (April 21-27): No. 33 in a weekly series
The University of Scranton women's tennis team won its third straight Landmark Conference championship on Sunday!

Women’s Tennis (11-6)

The University of Scranton women’s tennis team won its third straight Landmark Conference championship with a pair of playoff victories at Royal Courts last week.

The Royals won the title with a thrilling 5-3 victory over Catholic on Sunday, April 27. They rallied from a 2-1 deficit after doubles play, and trailed 3-1 after the No. 1 singles match ended. But Scranton took the next four singles matches to secure its third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. 

Sophomore Emily Walsh (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep) posted a pair of wins in the championship match and was named most valuable player. She overcame an early 5-2 deficit in the first match to win her No. 3 singles match, 7-5, 6-2. She also teamed with senior Devon Cohen (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) to overcome 3-0 and 4-1 deficits for an 8-5 win at No. 2 doubles.

Cohen also posted a win at No. 2 doubles, and juniors Nicole Mahaffey (Harrisburg, Pa./Trinity) and Lisa-Marie Lanciotti (Northport, N.Y./Kings Park) also posted wins at No. 5 and 6 singles, respectively. 

Scranton reached the championship with a 5-3 victory over Juniata in a semifinal match on Thursday, April 24, at Royal Courts. Walsh and junior Megan Azzalina (Easton, Pa./Notre Dame) both won twice, teaming with Cohen and Lanciotti, respectively, in their doubles wins, and Mahaffey earned a singles victory.

Scranton now advances to the NCAA Tournament, which begins on May 9-10. 

Men’s Tennis (7-5)

The University of Scranton men’s tennis team lost in the Landmark Conference semifinals, losing 5-1 at Catholic on Wednesday, April 23.

Junior Ryan Bair (Leola, Pa./Lancaster Catholic) and freshman Matt Prendergast (Flanders, N.J./Mt. Olive) teamed for an 8-6 victory at No. 2 doubles for the Royals’ only point. The loss marked the first time in the past five seasons in which Scranton did not reach the conference championship. The Royals were making their eighth straight conference playoff appearance. 

Men’s Lacrosse (10-6, 5-1 Landmark)

The University of Scranton men’s lacrosse team secured the No. 2 seed in the Landmark Conference playoffs with an 8-7 victory over Goucher on Saturday, April 26, in Towson, Md.

The Royals led 4-3 at halftime and 7-5 at the end of three periods, then held off the Gophers. Sophomore goalkeeper Nicholas McKaba (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris) made 11 saves, and sophomore Alec Mikrut (Belle Mead, N.J./Montgomery) had three goals and senior Gus Sturm (Devon, Pa./Conestoga) added two in the win. 

Scranton will host Goucher in a Landmark Conference semifinal on Wednesday, April 30, at 7 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.

Women’s Lacrosse (6-8, 3-3 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women’s lacrosse team went 1-1 during the week, and secured a playoff bid with a Landmark Conference win on the weekend. 

The Royals began the week with a 16-9 loss to Oneonta State on Wednesday, April 23, at Fitzpatrick Field. Freshman attacker Meghan Kerr (Warwick, N.Y./John S. Burke Catholic) had three goals while senior attacker Kerry Sullivan (Oceanport, N.J./Shore Regional) and junior midfielder Emily Goss (Morristown, N.J./Morristown) had two goals each.

Scranton earned a Landmark Conference playoff berth with a 19-4 victory at Merchant Marine Academy on Saturday, April 26. The Royals led 15-1 at halftime. Sullivan and Goss finished with four goals each, senior attacker Erin Green (Merrick, N.Y./Sandford Calhoun) had three goals and an assist, and Kerr had two goals and four assists in the victory. 

The fourth-seeded Royals will travel to Washington, D.C. to take on top-seeded Catholic University on Wednesday, April 30, at 4 p.m. in a conference semifinal game.

Men’s Golf (13-1)

The University of Scranton men’s golf team wrapped up its season with record-setting victories over Baptist Bible College and Marywood on Monday, April 21, at Stone Hedge Golf Club in Tunkhannock, Pa. 

The Royals finished with a total of 287, the lowest team total on record in school history. Senior Grant Gulick (Binghamton, N.Y./Johnson City) shot a 2-under par 69, and the Royals also received an even-par 71 from sophomore Eric Montella (Waverly, Pa./Abington Heights), a 73 from sophomore Ryan Brown (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Preparatory), a 74 from junior Erik Meyer (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) and a 75 from senior Charles Hudacek (Moosic, Pa./Scranton Preparatory).

Softball (9-20, 3-9 Landmark)

The University of Scranton softball team went 3-5 during the week, including 1-3 in Landmark Conference play. 

The Royals opened the week by splitting a non-conference doubleheader at Marywood on Monday, April 21, with identical scores of 12-4. The Royals lost the opener despite a single, double and two RBIs from senior Caitlin McHenry (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Walter Panas). In the second game, freshman Angelica Titor (Bellerose Village, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) had three hits, five RBIs and two runs scored, and fellow freshman Shannon Stricker (Morrisville, Pa./Conwell Egan) had three hits, four runs scored and an RBI.

On Thursday, April 24, the Royals dropped both ends of a Landmark Conference doubleheader against Moravian, 3-1 and 19-11, at the Jessup Youth Sports Complex. In the opener, sophomore Alison Kucharski (Hampton, N.J./North Hunterdon) allowed three runs on eight hits while striking out two. In the nightcap, junior Gabrielle Santarelli (Peckville, Pa./Valley View) had four hits, including a double, and scored three times, and Stricker had three hits, including a double, three RBIs and three runs scored. 

Scranton split a non-conference doubleheader at Hunter College on Friday, April 25, winning 9-6 and losing 11-9. In the opener, Santarelli had a three-run homer, freshman Jenna Snyder (Thornwood, N.Y./Westlake) had two hits, two runs and two RBIs, junior Stephanie Romano (Oak Ridge, N.J./West Milford) had two hits, a run and an RBI, and McHenry had two hits and two runs scored. In the second game, sophomore Marie Gentile (Jefferson Township, Pa./North Pocono) had three hits and two runs, Stricker had two hits and four RBIs, McHenry singled, doubled, scored twice and drove in a run, and freshman Kaitlin O’Sullivan (Bensalem, Pa./Nazareth Academy) had two hits, an RBI and a run.

The Royals split a Landmark Conference doubleheader on Saturday, April 26, at Catholic, losing 6-1 and winning 2-0. In the opener, Romano had three hits while Stricker had two and an RBI. In the second game, freshman Emily Simon (Freehold, N.J./Red Bank Catholic) threw a complete game six-hitter with five strikeouts, and Stricker had two hits and an RBI. 

The Royals are back in action on Tuesday, April 29, when they host Misericordia at 5 p.m. at the Jessup Youth Sports Complex.

Baseball (9-20, 4-14 Landmark)

The University of Scranton baseball team went 1-6 during the week, including 1-4 to complete Landmark Conference play. 

The Royals opened the week with a 9-3 victory over Moravian on Monday, April 21, at Connell Park. Freshman second baseman Anthony Simone (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Valley Senior) had four hits, including a triple, scored three times and drove in a run. Junior outfielder Michael Umerich (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) had three hits, scored twice and drove in a run, and senior designated hitter Eric Pizzico (Royersford, Pa./Spring-Ford) doubled, singled twice, drove in two and scored one. Three relievers combined for 3 2/3 scoreless innings to secure the first career victory for freshman Michael Haag (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining/Bridgton Academy, Maine).

On Tuesday, April 22, Scranton fell to Ramapo, 11-5, in a non-conference game at Connell Park. Senior third baseman Mike Trabulsi (Malverne, N.Y./Chaminade) and junior first baseman Ross Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights/Blair Academy, N.J.) both had a hit and an RBI. 

Scranton dropped a non-conference game at Wilkes, 8-7, on Thursday, April 24, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Sophomore Brian Healy (Middletown, N.J./Middletown South) led the Royals with two hits and drove in three runs and sophomore Kyle Hamer (Germantown, Md./St. John’s College H.S.) had two hits and drove in a run.

The Royals lost a Landmark Conference game to Juniata, 11-5, on Friday, April 25, at Connell Park. Pizzico and senior catcher Eddie Ravert (Havertown, Pa./Malvern Prep) both had two hits, an RBI and a run scored. 

On Saturday, April 25, Scranton dropped both ends of a Landmark Conference doubleheader at Drew, losing 5-2 and 8-1. In the opener, Hamer had two hits and an RBI, freshman shortstop Patrick O’Dell (Phoenixville, Pa./St. Joseph’s Prep) had two hits, and senior center fielder Michael Gaeta (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) doubled. In the second game, Danzig doubled and scored, and Trabulsi had a hit and an RBI.

A day later, the Royals fell to Drew in the series finale, 9-5. Trabulsi had two hits, an RBI and a run scored, Healy tripled, drove in a run and scored twice, and Pizzico had a two-run double. 

Scranton is back on the diamond on Monday, April 28, when it travels to Dallas, Pa. to take on Misericoridia at 4 p.m.

Monday, April 28
Baseball – at Misericordia (4 p.m.) 

Tuesday, April 29
Baseball – vs. Wilkes (4 p.m.)
Softball – vs. Misericordia (5 p.m.)

Wednesday, April 30
Baseball – at Keystone (4 p.m.)
Men’s lacrosse – vs. Goucher, Landmark Conference semifinal (7 p.m.)
Women’s lacrosse – at Catholic, Landmark Conference semifinal (4 p.m.)
Softball – at Muhlenberg (3 p.m.) 

Saturday, May 3
Baseball – vs. York (Noon, DH)
Men’s lacrosse – Landmark Conference championship (TBA)
Women’s lacrosse – Landmark Conference championship (TBA)


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