Royal Review: December 2-8 (No. 15 in a weekly series)
Women’s Swimming & Diving (7-1)
The University of Scranton women’s swimming & diving team picked up its fourth straight victory when it defeated Landmark Conference and crosstown rival Marywood, 193-107, on the road.
Senior Sara Franciscovich (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) and junior Paige Agnello (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) won three individual events apiece to lead the Royals.
Franciscovich won the 200 free (2:04.06), 200 back (2:19.43) and the 100 fly (1:04.42), along with swimming the opening leg on the first-place finishing 200 freestyle relay (1:44.40). Agnello captured the 100 (1:11.44) and 200 breaststroke (2:33.65) and the 200 individual medley (2:21.38).
Scranton also received first-place finishes from sophomores Hannah Scobee (West Granby, Conn./Northwest Catholic) and Megan Connor (Nesconset, N.Y./Smithtown East) in the 200 fly (2:29.34) and the 500 free (5:40.29), respectively, while juniors Kaitlyn Maloney (Basking Ridge, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) and Colleen Barry (Pembroke, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) won the 1000 free (11:23.91) and 1-meter diving (215.80).
Joining Franciscovich on the 200 free relay were senior Jessica Merino (New Hyde Park, N.Y./Holy Trinity Diocesan) and sophomores Hanna Sandor (Bayport, N.Y./Bayport-Blue Point) and Julia Murphy (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy).
The Royals will now break for the holidays before returning to action on Wednesday, Jan. 8, when they host Susquehanna at 6 p.m. in the Byron Center.
Women’s Basketball (3-2)
The University of Scranton women’s basketball team won its only game of the week by opening Landmark Conference play with a 79-61 win at Susquehanna on Saturday, Dec. 7, in Selinsgrove, Pa.
Junior forward Meredith Mesaris (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) led the Lady Royals with 16 points and five rebounds, freshman forward Sarah Payonk (Schwenksville, Pa./Spring-Ford) had 12 points, five rebounds and three steals, and senior guard Alison Sweeney (Wall, N.J./St. Rose) added 10 points in the win.
Junior guard Lindsay Fluehr (Bensalem, Pa./Nazareth Academy) also had a strong all-around game, finishing with seven points, eight assists, six rebounds and two steals. Scranton finished with season highs in assists (21) and steals (14).
The Lady Royals will play their home opener on Saturday, Dec. 14, when they host Merchant Marine Academy at 4 p.m. in the Long Center.
Men’s Basketball (5-1)
The University of Scranton men’s basketball team went on the road and won its Landmark Conference opener, 82-68, against Susquehanna on Saturday, Dec. 7, in Selinsgrove, Pa.
Junior guard Ross Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights/Blair Academy, N.J.) led the Royals with 22 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Senior guard Tommy Morgan (Greenlawn, N.Y./Chaminade) had 16 points, six rebounds and three assists, and senior guard Michael Barr (North Wales, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) had 13 points as the Royals won at Susquehanna for the first time since 2010.
Scranton returns to action when it hosts Landmark Conference foe Merchant Marine Academy on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m. in the Long Center.
The University of Scranton wrestling team finished 10th at the Rochester Institute of Technology Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 7, in Rochester, N.Y.
Sophomore Eric Calimano (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) won the title at 285 pounds with an 11-5 decision over Oneonta State’s Stephen Provenzano in the final. The Royals also received a third-place finish at 141 pounds from freshman Ian Evans (Laurys Station, Pa./Parkland), who won six straight consolation matches to finish third. Senior Chris Silakoski (Trenton, N.J./Notre Dame) added a fifth-place finish at 184 pounds for Scranton.
The Royals will now break for the holidays before returning to action on Saturday, Jan. 5, when they travel to Riverdale, N.Y. to take on Mt. St. Vincent at 11 a.m.
Men’s Swimming & Diving (4-3)
The University of Scranton men’s swimming & diving team lost to Landmark Conference and crosstown rival Marywood, 164-127, on Saturday, Dec. 7.
Scranton was led by sophomore Grant Owens (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin), who had a pair of first-place finishes and swam on a winning relay team. He won the 50 free in 22.24 and the 100 free in 49.46, and also swam the anchor leg on the winning 200 free relay team that won with a time of 1:39.84. Owens was joined on that winning relay team by senior Dan Gleason (South Abington Township, Pa./Abington Heights), senior John Hughes (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Catholic) and junior Adrian Silva (Valley Stream, N.Y./Holy Trinity Diocesan).
The Royals also received first-place finishes from junior Mike Ambrose (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.79), Hughes in the 200 breaststroke (2:18.66), Silva in the 100 fly (53.60) and junior Steven Stora (Staten Island, N.Y./Monsignor Farrell) in the 1-meter diving (162.30 points).
The 200 freestyle relay team of Hughes, junior Derek Parrott (Milford, Conn./Notre Dame), junior Ryan Holmes (Clarks Green, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) and Owens also finished first in 1:29.67.
Scranton will now break for the holidays and return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 8, when they host Susquehanna in the Byron Center at 6 p.m.
This Week in University of Scranton Athletics
Men’s Basketball – vs. Merchant Marine Academy (2 p.m.)
Women’s Basketball – vs. Merchant Marine Academy (4 p.m.)
Sunday, Dec. 15
Women’s Basketball – at Kean (3 p.m.)