Royal Review: April 30-May 6 (No. 35 in a weekly series)
Softball (26-10, 5-5 Landmark Conference)
The University of Scranton softball team was eliminated from the Landmark Conference playoffs with a pair of losses in the double-elimination tournament. Prior to the playoffs, the Royals won three of four non-conference games.
Scranton opened the week by sweeping a doubleheader from Hunter College, 8-3 and 12-4, on Monday, April 30, at the Jessup Youth Sports Complex. Sophomore third baseman Caitlin McHenry (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Walter Panas) homered in each game and finished with five RBIs on the day. Freshman outfielder Gabrielle Santarelli (Peckville, Pa./Valley View) finished with four hits, three RBIs and three runs scored, and junior right fielder Jamie Shackles (Monroe, N.Y./Monroe Woodbury) had four RBIs.
On Tuesday, May 1, the Royals split a doubleheader against King’s College, winning 8-0 and losing 4-1, at the Jessup Youth Sports Complex. McHenry and senior shortstop Kelly Zaccheo (Scranton, Pa./West Scranton) both homered in the first game and freshman pitcher Catherine Galvin (Highland Mills, N.Y./Monroe Woodbury) pitched a three-hit shutout. McHenry had the lone RBI in the second game and finished with four RBIs on the day.
Scranton dropped its playoff opener on Friday, May 4, against Moravian, 5-2, at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa. Senior second baseman Nina Bruno (Teaneck, N.J./Academy of Holy Angels) had the lone RBI for the Royals.
Scranton’s playoff run ended with a 5-1 loss to Catholic on Saturday, May 5, at Susquehanna University. Senior first baseman Tia Dimou (Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh) drove in the Royals’ only run with an RBI double.
The Royals’ 26 wins are one shy of tying the school record for victories, set in 2008.
Men’s Lacrosse (9-7, 3-3 Landmark Conference)
The University of Scranton men’s lacrosse team suffered a 15-9 loss to Drew University in a Landmark Conference semifinal game on Wednesday, May 2, in Madison, N.J.
Junior attacker Taylor Nelson (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) led the defending champion Royals with three goals and three assists and senior midfielder Mike Rufo (Broomall, Pa./Haverford School) and junior midfielder Dillon McInerney (Hawthorne, N.J./Bergen Catholic) chipped in two goals apiece.
Scranton’s season is now over after having won at least nine games for the second straight season and fourth time in the past five years.
Women’s Lacrosse (11-7, 1-3 Landmark Conference)
The University of Scranton women’s lacrosse team dropped a hard-fought 14-11 decision against 13th-ranked Catholic University in a Landmark Conference semifinal on Wednesday, May 2, in Washington, D.C.
Sophomore attacker Kerry Sullivan (Oceanport, N.J./Shore Regional) scored a game-high four goals for the Royals. The Royals also received two goals and two assists from junior attacker Deanna Giorno (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South), two goals and an assist from senior attacker Kaela Mahon (Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ/Saint Rose), and a goal and an assist from freshman midfielder Emily Goss (Morristown, NJ/Morristown).
Scranton’s season ends after having won 11 games for the first time since 2006.
Women’s Tennis (9-5, 4-2 Landmark Conference)
The University of Scranton women’s tennis team will find out on Monday, May 7, the details of its NCAA Division III Tournament appearance. The Royals will likely play on either Friday, May 11, or Saturday, May 12, at a site and time to be determined.
This will be the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance.
Baseball (20-16, 9-9 Landmark Conference)
The University of Scranton baseball team had two games rained out last season, bringing the Royals’ season to an end. The 20-16 record marks back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in school history.
This Week In University of Scranton Athletics
Friday, May 11
Women’s tennis – vs. Ithaca, NCAA Tournament first round (TBA)
Women’s tennis – TBA, NCAA Tournament second round
Sunday, May 13
Women’s tennis – TBA, NCAA Tournament third round