Royal Review: March 10-16 (No. 27 in a weekly series)

Women’s Basketball (26-4)

The University of Scranton women’s basketball team made its 17th NCAA Sweet 16 appearance when it faced eighth-ranked Montclair State on Friday, March 14, in Madison, N.J. The Lady Royals came out on the losing end, falling 82-77, despite rallying from a double-digit deficit.

Junior forward Meredith Mesaris (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) had a team-high 21 points, freshman forward Alexix Roman (Hawley, Pa./Wallenpaupack) had 19 points and freshman forward Sarah Payonk (Schwenksville, Pa./Spring-Ford) added 13 points and 16 rebounds. Junior guard Lindsay Fluehr (Bensalem, Pa./Nazareth Academy) also added 10 points and six assists.

Scranton trailed by 10 at halftime and 18 early in the second half, but whittled the deficit to five with 35 seconds remaining, but could not get any closer.

The Lady Royals’ 27 victories are the most for the program since they won 27 games in 2006-07.

Baseball (4-5, 1-2 Landmark)

The University of Scranton baseball team opened Landmark Conference play by going 1-2 in a three-game series at Catholic on Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16, in Washington, D.C.

The Royals won the opener, 12-10, behind three hits, three runs and an RBI from sophomore right fielder Zach Dignam (Bridgewater, N.J./Immaculata) and four RBIs and a double from junior first baseman Ross Danzig).

In Saturday’s second game, the Royals fell, 3-2 in nine innings, despite eight strong innings on the hill from junior right-hander Matt Calamoneri (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough). He allowed two runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out four. Danzig added two hits and two RBIs.

In Sunday’s series finale, the Royals rallied from a 7-1 deficit, but ultimately lost, 10-9. Freshman shortstop Patrick O’Dell (Phoenixville, Pa./St. Joseph’s Prep) singled, doubled twice and drove in three runs, senior third baseman Mike Trabulsi (Malverne, N.Y./Chaminade) had four hits, scored three runs and drove in one, and Danzig had three hits and scored twice.

The Royals are back in action on Tuesday, March 18, when they face Marywood at 3:30 p.m. at Connell Park.

Men’s Lacrosse (4-2, 1-0)

The University of Scranton men’s lacrosse team won a pair of games during the week, including a victory in the Landmark Conference opener.

The Royals began the week with an 8-5 victory over Marywood on Tuesday, March 11, at Fitzpatrick Field. The Royals scored the last three goals in the final 6:35. Senior midfielder John Gregitis (Wayne, Pa./St. Joseph’s Prep) had two goals and an assist, including the game-winning goal in the final period. Senior midfielder Matt Tibbitts (West Hartford, Conn./Conard) and freshman attacker Brian Quinn (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) each added two goals.

Scranton opened Landmark Conference play on Friday, March 14, with a thrilling 5-4 victory over Catholic at Ftizpatrick Field. The Royals scored all five goals in the final period, including the game-winner by Gregitis with 3.6 left in the period. Sophomore midfielder Alec Mikrut (Belle Mead, N.J./Montgomery) had two goals and Gregitis also had two assists in the victory.

The Royals are back in action on Wednesday, March 19, when they travel to Wilkes-Barre Township, Pa. to take on King’s at 4 p.m.

Women’s Lacrosse (1-0)

The University of Scranton women’s lacrosse team dropped a pair of games during the week, including the Landmark Conference opener.

The Royals began the week with a 12-9 loss to Lebanon Valley on Monday, March 10. Junior midfielder Emily Goss (Morristown, N.J./Morristown) had three goals, and senior attacker Christine Dredger (Glen Head, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy Academy) and senior defender Erin Green (Merrick, N.Y./Sandford Calhoun) both had a goal and an assist.

On Friday, March 14, the Royals dropped a heart-breaker against Drew, 13-12, in the Landmark Conference opener at Fitzpatrick Field. Senior attacker Kerry Sullivan (Oceanport, N.J./Shore Regional) had three goals, Green had two goals and an assist, and Goss and sophomore midfielder Erin Allen (Syosset, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy Academy) had two goals each.

The Royals are back in action on Monday, March 17, when they take on Keene State at 5 p.m. in Clermont, Fla.

Women’s Tennis (1-0)

The University of Scranton women’s tennis team opened its spring season with an 8-1 victory over Clarion on Sunday, March 16, in Hilton Head, S.C. The win was the 200th career victory for first-year head coach Janice Winslow, who had 99 victories as the head coach at Marywood from 1986 to 2007.

The Royals swept all six singles matches and won a pair of doubles matches in the win. Juniors Megan Azzalina (Easton, Pa./Notra Dame) and Nicole Mahaffey (Harrisburg, Pa./Trinity) and sophomore Emily Walsh (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) each won singles and doubles matches.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Monday, March 17
Women’s lacrosse – vs. Keene State, Clermont, Fla. (5 p.m.)
Softball – vs. Wesleyan (Conn.), Clermont, Fla. (9 a.m.)
Softball – vs. Babson, Clermont, Fla. (11 a.m.)
Men’s tennis – vs. Messiah, Hilton Head, S.C. (10:30 a.m.)

Tuesday, March 18
Softball – vs. Dubuque, Clermont, Fla. (5 p.m.)
Softball – vs. Endicott, Clermont, Fla. (7 p.m.)
Women’s tennis – vs. Carroll (Wisc.), Hilton Head, S.C. (12:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, March 19
Men’s lacrosse – at King’s (4 p.m.)
Softball – vs. St. Norbert, Clermont, Fla. (5 p.m.)
Softball – vs. Framingham State, Clermont, Fla. (7 p.m.)
Men’s tennis – vs. Washington & Jefferson, Hilton Head, S.C. (3 p.m.)
Women’s tennis – vs. Bloomsburg, Hilton Head, S.C. (12:30 p.m.)

Thursday, March 20
Baseball – at DeSales (3:30 p.m.)
Softball – vs. Wisc.-River Falls, Clermont, Fla. (11 a.m.)
Softball – vs. Hamline, Clermont, Fla. (1 p.m.)
Men’s tennis – vs. Springfield, Hilton Head, S.C. (8 a.m.)

Friday, March 21
Men’s tennis – vs. FDU-Florham, Hilton Head, S.C. (10:30 a.m.)
Women’s tennis – vs. FDU-Florham, Hilton Head, S.C. (10:30 a.m.)

Saturday, March 22
Baseball – vs. Juniata, DH (1 p.m.)
Men’s lacrosse – vs. Plattsburg State (1 p.m.)
Softball – at Drew, DH (1 p.m.)
Women’s lacrosse – at Susquehanna (noon)

Sunday, March 23
Baseball – vs. Juniata (noon)
Men’s tennis – at Goucher (1 p.m.)
Women’s tennis – at Goucher (1 p.m.)


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