Royal Review: January 13-19 (No. 19 in a weekly series)

Women’s Swimming & Diving (9-3)

The University of Scranton women’s swimming & diving team gave its seniors a Senior Day to remember by defeating Misericordia, 157-103, on Saturday, Jan. 18, in the Byron Center.

Senior Sara Franciscovich (Federick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) led the way with three individual victories, winning the 50 free (:25.67), 200 free (2:02.26) and the 200 backstroke (2:15.81).

Junior Alexis Walsh (Hazlet, N.J./Raritan) posted two wins for the Royals, taking the 200 breaststroke (2:33.06) and the 200 individual medley (2:23.48), and Scranton also received first-place finishes from juniors Kaitlyn Maloney (Basking Ridge, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) in the 1000 free (11:42.69) and Paige Agnello (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) in the 100 breaststroke, and sophomores Hannah Scobee (West Granby, Conn./Northwest Catholic) in the 200 fly (2:28.07) and Megan Connor (Nesconset, N.Y./Smithtown East) in the 500 free (5:35.51).

The Royals swim their final regular season meet on Saturday, Jan. 25, when they travel to Madison, N.J. to take on Drew University at 1 p.m.

Men’s Swimming & Diving (5-5)

The University of Scranton men’s swimming & diving team celebrated Senior Day by defeating Misericordia, 147-115, on Saturday, Jan. 18, in the Byron Center.

Seniors John Hughes (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Catholic) and Adrian Silva (Valley Stream, N.Y./Holy Trinity Diocesan) led the way by each winning a pair of individual events. Hughes won the 100 (:59.44) and 200 breaststroke (2:11.66) and swam a leg on the first-place finishing 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams. Silva swept the 100 (:53.97) and 200 butterfly (2:06.75) and swam a leg on the first-place finishing 200 medley relay.

Sophomore Grant Owens (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) also won two individual events, in the 50 (:22.70) and 100 free (:49.51), and he also swam the anchor leg on the 200 medley relay. Joining Hughes, Silva and Owens on the 200 medley relay was junior Brendan McCrossan (Bernardsville, N.J./Bernards). Freshman Matt Finnegan (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City Senior) and junior Ryan Holmes (Clarks Green, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) joined Hughes and Owens on the 400 free relay.

The Royals wrap up their regular season when they travel to Madison, N.J. to take on Drew University on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 1 p.m.

Men’s Basketball (12-3, 2-2 Landmark)

The University of Scranton men’s basketball team posted a pair of victories during the week, including a road win in Landmark Conference play.

The Royals started the week by defeating Ithaca, 67-51, on Tuesday, Jan. 14, in the Long Center. Senior guard Tommy Morgan (Greenlawn, N.Y./Chaminade) led the way with 17 points, sophomore forward Brendan Boken (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola) had 16 and junior guard Ross Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights/Blair Academy, N.J.) added 13.

On Saturday, Jan. 18, Scranton jumped out to a big lead early and rolled to a key Landmark Conference win over Goucher, 90-76, in Towson, Md. Boken scored a game-high 29 points, Danzig had 20 points and junior guard Justin Klingman (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) added 17 in the victory.

The Royals play their second straight Landmark Conference road game when they visit Drew on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. in Madison, N.J.

Women’s Basketball (13-2, 5-0 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women’s basketball team won a pair of Landmark Conference games on the road last week, pushing the team’s win streak to 11, its longest since the 2008-09 season.

The Lady Royals began the week by cruising to an 81-39 victory at Merchant Marine Academy on Wednesday, Jan. 15, in Kings Point, N.Y. Junior forward Meredith Mesaris (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) led the way with 21 points, senior guard Alison Sweeney (Wall, N.J./St. Rose) had 12 and freshman forward Alexix Roman (Hawley, Pa./Wallenpaupack) added a career-high 11.

On Saturday, Jan. 18, Scranton pulled away late against Goucher to post a 65-47 win in Towson, Md. Mesaris again led the way, this time finishing with 23 points. Senior forward Katie Sherry (Havertown, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy) scored a career-high 15 points while going 7-for-7 from the floor.

The Lady Royals will put their win streak on the line when they host Drew in a Landmark Conference game on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Long Center.


The University of Scranton wrestling team finished fifth among 26 teams at The Builder Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 18, at The Apprentice School in Newport News, Va.

Freshman Ian Evans (Laurys Station, Pa./Parkland) won the 141-pound title, his second tournament title in as many weeks. He has now won 14 straight matches and has 27 victories this season, tied for sixth-most in a single season in Scranton history.

The Royals also received a trio of second-place finishes from seniors Shawn Flesche (Northvale, N.J./Northern Valley Regional) and Chris Silakoski (Trenton, N.J./Notre Dame) at 165 and 197 pounds, respectively, as well as sophomore Eric Calimano (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) at 235.

The Royals will return to action in two weeks when they host Bergen Community College on Saturday, Feb. 1, at noon in the Long Center. 

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics 

Wednesday, Jan. 15
Men’s basketball – at Drew (7 p.m.)
Women’s basketball – vs. Drew (7 p.m.) 

Saturday, Jan. 18
Men’s basketball – vs. Catholic (1 p.m.), Wall of Fame Day
Women’s basketball – vs. Catholic (3 p.m.), Wall of Fame Day
Men’s swimming & diving – at Drew (1 p.m.)
Women’s swimming & diving (1 p.m.) 


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