The wrestling team continued its tremendous start to the season by defeating East Stroudsburg University in a dual match and finishing sixth at the RIT Invitational last week.
The Royals opened the week with a thrilling 19-18 win at East Stroudsburg on Wednesday, Nov. 30. The Royals erased three different deficits in the victory, including an 18-13 hole with two matches left. But freshman Keegan Connelly (Schnecksville, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) won a decision at 197 pounds, and senior Salvatore Montuori (Clark, N.J./Arthur L. Johnson) followed with a decision of his own at 285 for the victory. Scranton also received clutch victories from senior Ian Evans (Laurys Station, Pa./Parkland) at 157 pounds and junior Zachary D'Apolito (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Valley Senior) at 174 pounds
On Saturday, Dec. 3, Evans won the 157-pound title for the third straight year to help the Royals finish sixth in the RIT Invitational in Rochester, N.Y. Junior Nicholas DePierro (Manalapan, N.J./Freehold) finished second at 125 pounds, freshman Nicholas Ciaccia (Freehold, N.J./Howell) was third at 133 pounds, and Connelly took home fourth at 197.
The Royals will now break for the holidays and return to action on Saturday, Jan. 7, when they travel to Lexington, Va. to compete in the Washington & Lee Invitational.
Men's Basketball (6-1, 1-0 Landmark)
The men's basketball team suffered its first loss of the season last week, but bounced back to open Landmark Conference play with a victory on the weekend.
The Royals' week began with a 70-58 loss to Hobart on Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Geneva, N.Y. The Royals led by four at halftime, but could not overcome a poor second-half shooting effort. Junior forward Drew Schankweiler (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg) led the Royals with 18 points and 16 rebounds, both career highs, and freshman guard Kyle DeVerna (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) added 12 points.
Scranton bounced back on Saturday, Dec. 3, to defeat Juniata, 78-61, in the Landmark Conference opener for both teams in the Long Center. Junior guard Ethan Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights) made a season-high seven 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 25 points. Senior center John Vitkus (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) had a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds, DeVerna finished with 14 points and junior guard Kevin Doolan (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) added 11 points, seven assists and four steals.
The Royals will take this week off to focus on final exams. They will return to action on Tuesday, Dec. 13, when they travel to Glenside, Pa. to face Arcadia at 7 p.m.
Women's Basketball (7-0, 1-0 Landmark)
The University of Scranton women's basketball team went into finals week on a high note, as the Lady Royals beat both Neumann (66-61) on Wednesday night, then knocked off Landmark Conference foe Juniata (76-59) on Saturday in the team's conference opener.
Scranton, which is now fourth in the D3Hoops.com Top 25 Poll and third in the WBCA/USA Today Top 25 Coaches' Poll, had its hands full at Neumann on Wednesday, trailing by one entering the fourth quarter (42-41).
But, Scranton finished the game strong, ending the contest on a 7-2 run after the game was tied at 59-59 with two minutes left to take a five-point victory on the road.
Leading the way for Scranton was freshman guard Bridgette Mann (Canadensis, Pa./Wallenpaupack), who scored a career-high 25 points (23 in the second half), off the heels of a 12 of 13 performance from the free throw line. The 12 free throws made for Mann put her in a tie for the sixth-highest total for free throws made in a game in program history, as well
In their final game for the Lady Royals for 11 days on Saturday against Juniata, they used a strong second quarter to distance themselves from the visiting Eagles and coasted through the second half to notch a 17-point win in their Landmark Conference opener.
Mann led the way in the scoring column yet again, ending with 19 points while dishing out seven assists.
Senior forward Alexix Roman (Hawley, Pa./Wallenpaupack) came off the bench to score 18 points (on 7-of-11 shooting), while pulling down nine rebounds. Fellow senior forward Sarah Payonk (Schwenksville, Pa./Spring-Ford) added 13 points and also pulled down nine rebounds, while senior Denise Rizzo (Paramus, N.J./Holy Angels) started the contest and scored eight points.
The University of Scranton women's basketball team will now take a break for finals, returning to the court on Wednesday, Dec. 14, to travel across town to take on Marywood. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
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All teams are off this week during final exams.