Royal Review: March 17-23 (No. 28 in a weekly series)
Men’s Tennis (3-2, 1-0 Landmark)
The University of Scranton men’s tennis team went 3-1 during the week, including a victory in its Landmark Conference opener.
The Royals traveled to Hilton Head, S.C. for their spring break trip and went 2-1. They opened the trip with a 9-0 victory over Washington & Jefferson on Wednesday, March 19. Senior James Dalkiewicz (Shavertown, Pa./Lake-Lehman) and sophomore Kevin Murphy (Greenbelt, Md./Gonzaga College H.S.) both had a pair of wins.
On Thursday, March 20, Scranton dropped a 5-4 decision to Springfield despite singles wins from Dalkiewicz and junior Ryan Bair (Leola, Pa./Lancaster Catholic). The Royals wrapped up the trip with a 6-3 win over FDU-Florham on Friday, March 21. Seniors David Teres (Lebanon, N.J./North Hunterdon) and Brian Williams (Madison, N.J./Madison), and freshman Matt Prendergast (Flanders, N.J./Mt. Olive) all won a pair of matches.
Scranton got off to a good start in Landmark Conference play with a 6-3 win at Goucher on Sunday, March 23. Prendergast and Bair each had a pair of victories to lead the Royals.
Scranton returns to action on Saturday, March 29, when it travels to Madison, N.J. to take on Drew University in a Landmark Conference match at 1 p.m.
Women’s Tennis (4-5, 1-0 Landmark)
The University of Scranton women’s tennis team went 3-2 during the week, including a win in its Landmark Conference opener on the weekend.
The Royals wrapped up their spring break trip to Hilton Head, S.C. by going 2-2. Both losses came by the score of 5-4, first to Carroll (Wis.) on Tuesday, March 18, then to Bloomsburg a day later. Junior Megan Azzalina (Easton, Pa./Notre Dame), sophomore Emily Walsh (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) and juniors Nicole Mahaffey (Harrisburg, Pa./Trinity) and Lisa-Marie Lanciotti (Northport, N.Y./Kings Park) all had singles wins. In the loss to Bloomsburg, Walsh, Mahaffey and Lanciotti all posted singles wins.
Later on Wednesday, the Royals bounced back to defeat Washington & Jefferson, 8-1. Azzalina and Walsh both had two victories while sophomore Courtney Barron (New City, N.Y./Clarkstown South) and freshmen Emily Machado (Fishkill, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) and Dana Ranney (Morristown, N.J./Madison) had singles wins.
Scranton completed the trip with a 9-0 win over FDU-Florham on Friday, March 21. Mahaffey and Walsh both picked up a pair of wins in the victory.
The Royals opened Landmark Conference play on Sunday, March 23, with a 7-2 victory at Goucher. Azzalina, Mahaffey, Lanciotti and Walsh all picked up two wins on the day.
Scranton is back in action on Wednesday, March 26, when the Royals travel to Elizabethtown, Pa. to take on Elizabethtown at 3:30 p.m.
Men’s Lacrosse (5-3, 1-0 Landmark)
The University of Scranton men’s lacrosse team split a pair of non-conference games during the week, winning in overtime at King’s and losing at home to Plattsburgh State.
The Royals opened the week with a thrilling 10-9 overtime victory at King’s on Wednesday, March 19. Senior midfielder John Gregitis (Wayne, Pa./St. Joseph’s Prep) scored the game-winning goal with 1:38 remaining in sudden death overtime. Scranton also received three goals from junior attacker Anthony Lombardo (Mendham, N.J./Mendham), two goals and two assists from freshman attacker Ryan Mygatt (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) and two goals from junior attacker Will Mahle (Montgomery, N.J./Montgomery).
On Saturday, March 22, the Royals lost a hard-fought game to Plattsburgh State, 11-7, at Fitzpatrick Field. Scranton, which led by one at intermission, was led by senior attacker Gus Sturm (Devon, Pa./Conestoga) with three goals and sophomore midfielder Alec Mikrut (Belle Mead, N.J./Montgomery) contributed a goal and an assist.
Scranton returns to action on Wednesday, March 26, when they travel to Union, N.J. to face Kean University at 7 p.m.
Softball (3-6, 1-1 Landmark)
The University of Scranton softball team went 2-5 on its spring break trip, then split its first Landmark Conference series over the weekend.
The Royals opened the season on Monday, March 17, in Clermont, Fla. with a 9-2 loss to Wesleyan (Conn.). Freshman Kaitlin O’Sullivan (Bensalem, Pa./Nazareth Academy) had a pair of hits in the loss.
On Tuesday, March 18, Scranton defeated Dubuque, 11-10, on a two-run, walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh by freshman Shannon Stricker (Morrisville, Pa./Conwell-Egan). Freshman Jacqueline DeSarro (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic) had two doubles and scored twice in the win.
A day later, the Royals dropped the conclusion of a suspended game from Monday against Babson, 6-5, then later in the day they fell to St. Norbert, 5-3, and Framingham State, 8-6. In the loss to Babson, Stricker had three hits and scored twice. Against St. Norbert, Stricker doubled and scored, and freshman Angelica Titor (Bellerose Village, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) had an RBI single. In the loss to Framingham State, senior Caitlin McHenry (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Walter Panas) homered and drove in a pair of runs.
On Thursday, March 20, Scranton defeated Wisconsin-River Falls, 4-3, and lost to Hamline, 6-4, to conclude the spring break trip. In the win over Wisconsin-River Falls, Stricker had four hits and junior Gabrielle Santarelli (Peckville, Pa./Valley View) had two hits, scored a run and drove in a run.
The Royals opened Landmark Conference play on Saturday, March 22, by defeating Drew, 6-1, in the first game before dropping the second game, 8-3.
Women’s Lacrosse (1-3, 0-2 Landmark)
The University of Scranton women’s lacrosse team lost its only game of the week, falling at Susquehanna, 15-5, on Saturday, March 22.
Junior goalkeeper Emily Towey (Abington, Pa./Abington) made a school record-tying 23 saves in the defeat. She tied the single-game mark set by Kathleen Scanlan in a 17-16 victory over Widener on April 8, 2000. Scranton also received three goals from junior midfielder Emily Goss (Morristown, N.J./Morristown), and a goal apiece from senior attacker Kerry Sullivan (Oceanport, N.J./Shore Regional) and freshman attacker Alyssa Farrell (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh).
The Royals also had a game against Keene State on Monday, March 17, canceled due to inclement weather during their spring break trip to Clermont, Fla.
Scranton is back in action on Wednesday, March 26, when the Royals travel to Dallas, Pa. to face Misericordia at 7 p.m.
Baseball (4-5, 1-2 Landmark)
The University of Scranton baseball team had six games postponed during the week due to unplayable field conditions both at home and on the road. The Royals return to action on Wednesday, March 26, when they travel to Elizabethtown, Pa. to take on Elizabethtown at 4 p.m.
This Week in University of Scranton Athletics
Baseball – at Elizabethtown (4 p.m.)
Men’s lacrosse – at Kean (7 p.m.)
Women’s lacrosse – at Misericordia (7 p.m.)
Softball – vs. Misericordia (4 p.m., DH)
Women’s tennis – at Elizabethtown (3:30 p.m.)
Baseball – vs. Juniata (3:30 p.m.)
Softball – at Wilkes (4 p.m., DH)
Baseball – vs. Merchant Marine at PNC Field (Noon, DH)
Men’s lacrosse – at Washington & Jefferson (3:30 p.m.)
Women’s lacrosse – vs. Elizabethtown (1 p.m.)
Softball – at Susquehanna (1 p.m., DH)
Men’s tennis – at Drew (1 p.m.)
Women’s tennis – at Drew (1 p.m.)
Baseball – vs. Merchant Marine (Noon)