Royal Review: November 11-17 (No. 12 in a weekly series)

Men’s Basketball (2-0)

The University of Scranton men’s basketball team opened the season with a pair of victories to win the Radisson Invitational in the Long Center.

Scranton opened the season with a 95-76 victory over Immaculata in the opening round on Friday, Nov. 15, in the Long Center. Junior guard Ross Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights/Blair Academy, N.J.) had a 33 points and seven rebounds to lead the way. The Royals also received 14 points from senior guard Tommy Morgan (Greenlawn, N.Y./Chaminade) and 11 apiece from senior forward Jason Pierce (Scranton, Pa./Conestoga) and senior guard Michael Barr (North Wales, Pa./Lansdale Catholic).

In Saturday’s championship game, the Royals held off Randolph-Macon, 78-76, to win their fourth straight Radisson Invitational title. Danzig again led the way with 23 points and six rebounds, and sophomore forward Brendan Boken (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola) had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Morgan added 12 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.

Scranton is back in action on Tuesday, Nov. 19, when it hosts Misericordia at 7 p.m. in the Long Center.

Women’s Basketball (1-1)

The University of Scranton women’s basketball team went 1-1 to open the season at the Gwynedd-Mercy Tip-Off Tournament in Gwynedd Valley, Pa. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 17.

The Lady Royals opened the season with an 86-75 loss to fourth-ranked Montclair State in the opening round on Friday night. Freshman forward Sarah Payonk (Schwenksville, Pa./Spring-Ford) had 18 points and 18 rebounds, and junior forward Meredith Mesaris (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) had 18 points in the loss.

Scranton rebounded with a 79-49 victory over Washington College (Md.) in Saturday’s consolation game. Payonk again led the way with 26 points and 13 rebounds en route to earning a spot on the all-tournament team. Mesaris had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and senior guard Alison Sweeney (Wall, N.J./St. Rose) and sophomore guard Noelle Alicea (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown East) added 10 points each.

Scranton returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 23, when it travels to Wilkes-Barre, Pa. to take on King’s at 1 p.m.

Women’s Soccer (15-3-3)

The University of Scranton women’s soccer team lost an NCAA Tournament first-round match to Endicott College, 1-0, on Saturday, Nov. 16, in Middlebury, Vt.

The loss snapped the Royals’ 18-match unbeaten streak that dated back to the second game of the season. They were making their fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and 15th in program history. The 15 wins are the most since they won 16 in 2010 and marked the 25th season of 10-or-more victories for the program.

Women’s Cross Country

The University of Scranton women’s cross country team finished ninth at the NCAA Mideast Regional at Lehigh on Saturday, Nov. 16, the program’s highest finish at regionals since an eighth-place finish in 2000.

Senior Cara Notarianni (Dunmore, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) led the Royals by finishing 32nd overall. She covered the 6,000-meter course in 22:17. Sophomore Erika Sarno (Dalton, Pa./Abington Heights) was 45th overall in 22:47.

Senior Mary O'Neill (Middletown, N.J./Middletown North) finished 72nd in 23:16, while junior Rachel Coniff (Roaring Brook Township, Pa./North Pocono) was two spots back in 23:18. Freshman Patricia Hoffman (Jamison, Pa./Mt. St. Joseph Academy) rounded out the Royals' scoring runners by finishing 132nd in 24:13.

The regional meet concluded the Royals’ 2013 season.

Men’s Cross Country

The University of Scranton men’s cross country team ended its 2013 season with a 27th-place finish in the 54-team field at the NCAA Mideast Regional at Lehigh University on Saturday, Nov. 16.

Senior Matt DiMaio (Drexel Hill, Pa./Devon Preparatory) was the first Royal across the finish line, placing 100th in a time of 26:49 over the 8000-meter course. He averaged 5:25 per mile.

Freshman James Buckley (Belle Harbor, N.Y./Xavier) and senior Stefan Bossbaly (Washington Crossing, Pa./Holy Ghost Preparatory) were next in 134th (27:20) and 172nd (27:49), respectively, while sophomores Corey Wasilnak (Endwell, N.Y./Maine Endwell) and Roman Golebiowski (Blue Bell, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) rounded out Scranton’s top five in 206th (28:25) and 213th (28:32), respectively.

Wrestling (4-4)

The University of Scranton wrestling team went 2-1 in a quad meet with Ursinus, Muhlenberg and Yeshiva on Sunday, Nov. 17, in the Long Center.

The Royals posted a 59-0 victory over Muhlenberg and a 52-0 win over Yeshiva before falling to Ursinus, 39-6. Senior Robert Leavy (Bronx, N.Y./Iona Preparatory) had a pair of pins at 157 pounds on the day, and the Royals also got three wins each from sophomore Eric Calimano (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) at 285 and freshman Ian Evans (Laurys Station, Pa./Parkland) at 141 and 149.

Scranton returns to the mat on Saturday, Nov. 23, when the Royals travel to Westminster, Md. to take on West Virginia Tech, Southern Virginia, Maryland-Baltimore County and the host school, McDaniel, starting at noon.

Women’s Swimming & Diving (6-1)

The University of Scranton women’s swimming & diving team defeated Ramapo, 142-119, on Saturday, Nov. 16, in Mahwah, N.J.

Junior Paige Agnello (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) won the 100 (1:12.03) and 200 breaststroke (2:35.47), and swam a leg on the winning 200 medley relay team. Scranton also received first-place finishes from junior Kaitlyn Maloney (Basking Ridge, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) in the 1000 free (11:26.13), sophomore Hanna Sandor (Bayport, N.Y./Bayport-Blue Point) in the 200 back (2:19.44), and sophomore Megan Connor (Nesconset, N.Y./Smithtown East) in the 500 free (5:36.87).

Scranton will return to action Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23 and 24, at the Diamond City Invitational at the Catholic Youth Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Men’s Swimming & Diving (4-2)

The University of Scranton men’s swimming & diving team lost to Ramapo, 163-99, on Saturday, Nov. 16, in Mahwah, N.J.

Junior Adrian Silva (Valley Stream, N.Y./Holy Trinity Diocesan) won the 100 (:54.03) and 200 fly (2:05.32), and senior John Hughes (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Catholic) finished first in the 200 breaststroke (2:18.57) for Scranton’s three victories.

The Royals will compete in the Diamond City Invitational on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23 and 24, at the Catholic Youth Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Tuesday, Nov. 19
Men’s basketball – vs. Misericordia (7 p.m.)

Saturday, Nov. 23
Women’s basketball – at King’s (1 p.m.)
Men’s swimming & diving – Diamond City Invitational (9 a.m.)
Women’s swimming & diving – Diamond City Invitational (9 a.m.)
Wrestling – vs. West Virginia Tech, So. Virginia, UMBC & McDaniel, at McDaniel (noon)

Sunday, Nov. 24
Men’s swimming & diving – Diamond City Invitational (10 a.m.)
Women’s swimming & diving – Diamond City Invitational (10 a.m.)

--ROYALS--

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