Royal Review: November 18-24 (No. 13 in a weekly series)
Men’s Swimming & Diving (4-2)
The University of Scranton men’s swimming & diving team repeated as champions at the second annual Diamond City Invitational in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23 and 24.
Scranton finished with 818 points, easily ahead of second-place Misericordia, which finished with 667.
The Royals received first-place finishes from sophomore Grant Owens (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) in the 50 free in 22:30, junior Adrian Silva in the 100 fly in 52.59 and senior John Hughes (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Catholic) in the 100 breaststroke in 59.21.
Scranton also won four relays as the 200 freestyle relay team of freshman Matthew Finnegan (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City Senior), Hughes, junior Ryan Holmes (Clarks Green, Pa./Scranton Prep) and Owens won in 1:28.44. The 400 medley relay team of junior Daniel Gleason, Hughes, Silva and Owens also won in a time of 3:37.03. The same four also teamed up to win the 200 medley in 1:38.39. And Finnegan, Hughes, junior Derek Parrott (Milford, Conn./Notre Dame) and Holmes combined to win the 400 freestyle relay in 3:16.80.
Scranton returns to the pool on Saturday, Dec. 7, when it travels to cross-town rival Marywood for a 1 p.m. meet.
Men’s Basketball (3-0)
The University of Scranton men’s basketball team won its only game of the week, defeating Misericordia, 69-54, on Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the Long Center.
Scranton got a game-high 17 points from junior guard Ross Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights/Blair Academy, N.J.) and a career-high 10 points from junior guard Justin Klingman (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) in the victory. Sophomore forward Brendan Boken (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola) added a career-high 15 rebounds and eight points, and senior guard Tommy Morgan (Brooklawn, N.Y./Chaminade) had six points, nine rebounds and five assists.
Scranton is back in action on Tuesday, Nov. 26, when they visit Cabrini at 8 p.m. in Radnor, Pa.
Women’s Basketball (2-1)
The University of Scranton women’s basketball team won its only game last week, going on the road to defeat King’s College, 79-65, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. on Saturday, Nov. 23.
Senior forward Katie Sherry (Havertown, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy) had career highs in points (10) and steals (4) off the bench. Junior forward Meredith Mesaris (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) led the Lady Royals with 19 points and freshman forward Sarah Payonk (Schwenksville, Pa./Spring-Ford) added 12 points in just 16 minutes of action due to foul trouble. Sophomore guard Noelle Alicea (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown East) added 11 points off the bench as the Lady Royals’ reserves combined for 30 points.
The Lady Royals are back in action on Tuesday, Nov. 26, when they visit Cabrini at 6 p.m. in Radnor, Pa.
Women’s Swimming & Diving (6-1)
The University of Scranton women’s swimming & diving team finished third at the second annual Diamond City Invitational in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23 and 24.
The Royals finished with 612 points, trailing only Misericordia (684.5) and East Stroudsburg (614). Scranton received second-place finishes from junior Kaitlyn Maloney (Basking Ridge, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) in the 400 IM, junior Alexis Walsh (Hazlet, N.J./Raritan) in the 200 breaststroke and sophomore Hannah Scobee (West Granby, Conn./West Granby) in the 200 fly. The 800 freestyle relay team of senior Sara Franciscovich (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson), Scobee, junior Jesse Lewandowski (Toms River, N.J./Toms River East) and Maloney also finished second.
Scranton is back in action on Saturday, Dec. 7, when it travels across town to take on Marywood at 1 p.m.
The University of Scranton wrestling team traveled to McDaniel for four matches in Westminster, Md. on Saturday, Nov. 23, and came away with one victory and two losses. The results of the fourth match were unavailable at the time this article was published.
The Royals posted a 39-7 victory over Southern Virginia while suffering a 24-12 loss to West Virginia Tech and a 34-12 loss to McDaniel. The results of the match against Maryland-Baltimore County were unavailable. The victory over Southern Virginia gives the Royals five on the season, one more than they had all of last season.
Scranton is back in action on Saturday, Dec. 7, when they travel to Rochester, N.Y. for the RIT Invitational at 9:30 a.m.
This Week in University of Scranton Athletics
Women’s basketball – at Cabrini (6 p.m.)
Men’s basketball – at Cabrini (8 p.m.)
Thursday, Nov. 28
Men’s basketball – vs. Mt. St. Mary (N.Y.) (7 p.m.)