Royal Review: January 20-26 (No. 20 in a weekly series)

Women’s Basketball (15-2, 7-0 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women’s basketball team extended its winning streak to 13 by winning a pair of Landmark Conference games and securing the team’s hold on first place.

The Lady Royals began the week by defeating Drew, 90-70, on Wednesday, Jan. 22, in the Long Center. Junior forward Meredith Mesaris (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) led the way with 31 points and freshman forward Alexix Roman (Hawley, Pa./Wallenpaupack) added a career-high 18 points.

On Saturday, Jan. 25, in the Long Center, the Lady Royals defeated Catholic, 83-73, in a battle for first place. Junior guard Lindsay Fluehr (Bensalem, Pa./Nazareth Academy) broke a nearly 33-year-old record by handing out 17 assists in the victory. She broke the previous single-game record of 16, set by Fran Gabriel against Upsala on Feb. 5, 1981.

Mesaris, junior guard Lia DiSciascio (Broomall, Pa./Cardinal O’Hara) and sophomore guard Noelle Alicea (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown East) each scored 17 points in the win, and freshman forward Sarah Payonk (Schwenksville, Pa./Spring-Ford) added 15 points in the victory.

Scranton will try for its 14th straight win when it hosts Moravian on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Long Center.

Men’s Basketball (14-3, 4-2 Landmark)

The University of Scranton men’s basketball team won a pair of Landmark Conference games last week, moving into sole possession of second place in the process.

The Royals went on the road and defeated Drew University, 82-72, on Wednesday, Jan. 22, in Madison, N.J. Senior guard Tommy Morgan (Greenlawn, N.Y./Chaminade) led the way with 23 points, junior guard Ross Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights/Blair Academy, N.J.) had 21, sophomore forward Brendan Boken (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola) had 14 and senior guard Michael Barr (North Wales, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) added 11.

On Saturday, Jan. 25, the Royals welcome first-place Catholic to the Long Center by rallying from a 13-point first-half deficit to post a thrilling 92-82 victory. Danzig led the way with a game-high 31 points, leading five Royals in double figures. Boken had 17, Barr had 15, Morgan scored 13 and junior guard Justin Klingman (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) added 10 in the victory.

The Royals are back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 29, when they travel to Bethlehem, Pa. to take on Moravian in a Landmark Conference game at 7 p.m.

Wall of Fame Class of 2013

Between games of the basketball doubleheader on Saturday, Jan. 25, the University held the induction ceremony for the Wall of Fame Class of 2013. The class includes: Liz Baumbach '03 (women's lacrosse), Bridget Lee '03 (women's lacrosse), Laura (Boersig) Castner '02 (field hockey), Darren Buseman '03 (wrestling), Valerie (Crist) Sherwin '88 (women's volleyball), Dan Loftus '03 (men's basketball) and Derek Elphick '03 (men's basketball).

To read more about the Wall of Fame Class of 2013, visit

Women’s Swimming & Diving (9-3)

The University of Scranton women’s swimming & diving team wrapped up its regular season by posting a 162-100 victory at Drew University on Saturday, Jan. 25, in Madison, N.J.

Senior Sara Franciscovich (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) led the way by winning three events – the 100 backstroke (1:03.08), 200 backstroke (2:18.74) and the 100 free (:57.07) – and swimming the opening leg on the first-place finishing 200 freestyle relay (1:45.91).

The Royals also picked up first-place finishes from juniors Alexis Walsh (Hazlet, N.J./Raritan) in the 100 breaststroke (1:13.99) and Kaitlyn Maloney (Basking Ridge, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) in the 200 fly (2:28.72) and 200 individual medley (2:24.10), senior Colleen McMahon (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) in the 200 breaststroke (2:39.97), and sophomore Megan Connor (Nesconset, N.Y./Smithtown East) in the 500 free (5:35.11).

The Scranton women also swept the relay events, as junior Paige Angello (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan), McMahon, senior Kelsy McAnelly (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) and sophomore Julia Murphy (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) finished first in the 200 medley (1:59.04), and McAnelly, sophomore Hanna Sandor (Seaford, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) and Murphy joined Franciscovich on the winning 200 freestyle relay.

The Royals will now prepare for the Landmark Conference championships, which will be held Feb. 7-9 at Marywood University in Scranton, Pa.

Men’s Swimming & Diving (6-5)

The University of Scranton men’s swimming & diving team capped its regular season by defeating Drew University, 176-76, on Saturday, Jan. 25, in Madison, N.J.

Freshman Matt Finnegan (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City Senior) won the 100 breaststroke (1:04.79) and the 500 free (5:17.45) to lead the way. He was joined in the winner’s circle by juniors Conor Donnelly (Newtown, Conn./Newtown) in the 1000 free (11:06.32), Ryan Holmes (Clarks Green, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) in the 200 free (1:54.12), Derek Parrott (Milford, Conn./Notre Dame) in the 100 free (:50.98) and Mike Ambrose (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) in the 200 breaststroke (2:16.43), along with sophomore Kyle Burnett (Cedar Grove, N.J./St. Anthony’s) in the 200 back (2:09.36) and seniors John Hughes (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Catholic) in the 50 free (:22.82) and Adrian Silva (Valley Stream, N.Y./Holy Trinity Diocesan) in the 100 fly (:55.24).

Sophomore Grant Owens (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin), Hughes, junior Matt Flint (West Caldwell, N.J./Montclair Kimberly Academy) and sophomore Chris Conway (Southampton, Pa./Archbishop Wood) opened the meet with a first-place time of 1:41.42 in the 200 medley.

Scranton will now prepare for the Landmark Conference championships, which will be held Feb. 7-9, at Marywood University in Scranton, Pa.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Wednesday, Jan. 22
Men’s basketball – at Moravian (7 p.m.)
Women’s basketball – vs. Moravian (7 p.m.) 

Saturday, Feb. 1
Men’s basketball – at Juniata (2 p.m.)
Women’s basketball – at Juniata (4 p.m.)
Wrestling – vs. Bergen Community College & SUNY-Sullivan (noon) 


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