Royal Review: November 14-20

Senior Salvatore Montuori had three pins at heavyweight on Saturday.
Senior Salvatore Montuori had three pins at heavyweight on Saturday.

Wrestling (8-0)

The wrestling team is off to the best start in program history after going 3-0 at the Green Terror Duals on Saturday, Nov. 19, at McDaniel College. The 8-0 start is the longest unbeaten start in the program's 49-year history, surpassing the team's 6-0 start in the 1986-87 season.

The Royals posted victories over McDaniel (41-10), Penn State-Mont Alto (45-6) and Gettysburg (27-10) to stay undefeated in dual match competition. Five Scranton wrestlers went undefeated on the day. They were:

  • Senior Salvatore Montuori (Clark, N.J./Arthur L. Johnson) had three pins at heavyweight, clamping his opponent in each match;
  • Junior Nicholas DePierro (Manalapan, N.J./Freehold), who had a pin, a decision and a forfeit victory at 125 pounds;
  • Sophomore Andrew Gombas (Warren, N.J./Bound Brook), who had a pin and two decisions at 165 pounds;
  • Junior Zachary D'Apolito (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Valley Senior), who had a pin and two decisions at 174 pounds;
  • Freshman Keegan Connelly (Schnecksville, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic), who had two decisions and a forfeit victory at 197 pounds.

The Royals are off this week for the Thanksgiving holiday and will return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 30, when they travel to East Stroudsburg, Pa. to take on East Stroudsburg University at 7 p.m.

Women's Basketball (2-0)

The fifth-ranked University of Scranton women's basketball team kicked off their 2016-17 season this past weekend at the Chuck Resler Invitational on the campus of the University of Rochester, and the Lady Royals were victorious in both games, blowing out Mount Union on Friday night (70-36), then getting past host Rochester (63-59) on Saturday evening in a battle of two preseason Top 10 teams.

Against Mount Union, Scranton opened a 25-6 lead in the first quarter and never looked back in a dominating 34 point victory to start the season. The Lady Royals were led in the win by senior forward Alexix Roman (Hawley, Pa./Wallenpaupack), who scored a game-high 16 points, while snatching eight rebounds off the glass.

It was a tougher go of it against Rochester on Saturday night, but Scranton was able to gut out a tough four point victory to take the Chuck Resler Invitational crown for 2016.

The Lady Royals were led in the win in the scoring department by senior forward Sarah Payonk (Schwnenksville, Pa./Spring-Ford), who scored 21 points to go over 1,000 points for her career. Payonk, who also had 14 rebounds in the win and was named the Resler Invitational MVP for her efforts, became the 27th player in program history to go over 1,000 career points, as well.

Elsewhere, sophomore guard Bridgette Mann (Canadensis, Pa./Wallenpaupack) scored 20 points in the victory, and took over the game in the fourth quarter, scoring Scranton's last 14 points of regulation (nine of which came on free throws). Roman also had another double-double in the win, scoring 12 points with 11 rebounds.

The University of Scranton women's basketball team returns to action on Tuesday night, as they host Cabrini in their 2016-17 home season opener. Tip-off inside the John Long Center is set for 6 p.m.

Men's Basketball (2-0)

The men's basketball team opened its 100th season in school history by winning twice to capture the title in the Hilton Scranton Invitational for the seventh straight season. The Royals opened the tournament with an 85-56 win over Sarah Lawrence on Friday night, then knocked off Bard, 75-52, in Saturday's championship game.

In the opening game on Friday, junior guard Ethan Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights) had a team-high 22 points while making six 3-pointers, and added six rebounds, six assists and a block. Junior guard Kevin Doolan (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) had 11 points, four assists, four rebounds and three steals, and junior guard Chris McCullough (Greenlawn, N.Y./Harborfields) and junior forward Drew Schankweiler (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg) added 10 points each.

In the championship game, senior center John Vitkus (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) had a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds and added two blocks and an assist to take home MVP honors. Dooland finished with 14 points and eight assists, and Danzig earned all-tournament team accolades after scoring 11 points.

The Royals will be back in action on Tuesday, Nov. 22, when they host Cabrini at 8 p.m. in the Long Center.

Men's Swimming (4-1)

The University of Scranton men's swimming & diving team closed out the fall portion of its 2016-17 schedule on Saturday with a win, as the Royals got past host Marywood by a score of 177-100 to move to 4-2 on the year in dual meets.

Scranton got action on the day kicked off in solid fashion on Saturday, as the Royals 200-medley relay team captured the first event of the day in 1:42.62. Junior Patrick Blaser (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) then came on and won the first individual event of the afternoon, the 1000-freestyle, in 11:15.95.

The Royals' next win came in the 100-breastroke, as freshman Timothy Quigley (Hatboro, Pa./Archbishop Wood) was victorious in 1:04.60, which was followed up by a victory by sophomore Robert Kahrs (East Windsor, N.J./Notre Dame) in the 200-butterfly in 2:12.31.

Scranton's next individual win in the pool was notched by sophomore Michael Ramsthaler (Florham Park, N.J./Seton Hall Prep), who captured the 200-backstroke in 2:09.36, which was followed up by a win by freshman Gregory Spicka (Morris Plains, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) in the 200-breaststroke in 2:23.14.

The final win for a Royal swimmer came in the 400-IM, as sophomore Christopher Whalen (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) won in 55.79.

The Royals' only two-time winner on the day, however, was freshman diver Michael Diana (Somerset, N.J./Immaculata-Somerville) who captured both the one-meter (235.00) and three-meter (228.00) events.

Scranton proceeded to end the meet in the pool on a solid note, as the 400-freestyle relay team was victorious in a time of 3:21.90.

The University of Scranton men's swimming & diving team will now be idle through the rest of the fall semester, returning to action on January 14 at Misericordia. Action gets underway at 1 p.m.

Women's Swimming & Diving (6-1) 

The University of Scranton women's swimming & diving closed out the fall portion of its 2016-17 schedule with a victory in a dual meet at Marywood on Saturday, besting the host Pacers by a score of 184-113.

Scranton got the meet off to a fast start, taking the 200-medley relay with a time of 1:58.26.

Then, in the first individual event of the afternoon, sophomore Emma Ilseman (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central) was victorious, hitting the wall in 11:37.77 to win the event. In one of the final individual events of the day, Ilseman won the 500-freestyle, finishing in 5:35.90.

The Royals' next victory came in the 100-backstroke, as freshman Riva Kelly (Bogota, N.J./Teaneck) won the event with a time of 1:04.78. Next in the 100-breaststroke, junior Erica Westlake (West Chester, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame) came out on top in 1:15.17.

In the 50-freestyle, junior Raquel Wasserman (Pound Ridge, N.Y./The Fox Lane) continued her domination of short distance freestyle events, taking the event in 25.55. Later in the meet, Wasserman became a two-time winner on the afternoon, as she grabbed another win in the 100-butterfly in 1:03.12.

Another Scranton victory came in the 200-backstroke, as sophomore Susan Neggia (Fair Lawn, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) won in a time of 2:16.80, then fellow sophomore Claire Mason (Livingston, N.J./Fair Lawn Academy) took the 200-breaststroke in 2:38,59. Later in the meet, Mason won the 400-IM, hitting the wall in 4:54.49.

In the final event of the afternoon, the Royals ended things on a high note, as Scranton captured the 400-freestyle relay in 3:54.61.

The University of Scranton women's swimming & diving team will now be idle through the rest of the Fall semester, returning to action on January 14 at Misericordia. Action gets underway at 1 p.m.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Tuesday, Nov. 22
Women's basketball – vs. Cabrini (6 p.m.)
Men's basketball – vs. Cabrini (8 p.m.)

Saturday, Nov. 26
Men's basketball – vs. King's, at Wilkes (1 p.m.)
Women's basketball – vs. King's (1 p.m.)

Sunday, Nov. 27
Men's basketball – at Wilkes (3 p.m.)
Women's basketball – vs. Wilkes (7 p.m.)

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