Royal Review: January 2-8

Senior Ian Evans and the wrestling team finished fourth at the Jim Crytzer Invitational at Washington and Lee on Saturday.
Senior Ian Evans and the wrestling team finished fourth at the Jim Crytzer Invitational at Washington and Lee on Saturday.

Wrestling (9-0)

The University of Scranton wrestling team returned to action following the holiday break and finished fourth in the Jim Crytzer Invitational at Washington and Lee on Saturday.

The event was highlighted by individual titles from junior Nicholas DePierro (Manalapan, N.J./Freehold Township) at 125 pounds and senior Nick Evans (Laurys Station, Pa./Parkland) at 157 pounds. DePierro was named most outstanding wrestler in the event while picking up his first career individual title. Evans won his fifth career individual title and second at the Jim Crytzer Invitational, having also won in 2015.

Scranton also received a second-place finish from freshman Daniel D'Agostini (Allentown, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) at 184 pounds, and a third place from junior Zachary D'Apolito (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Valley Senior) at 174.

The Royals will return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 10, when they host Elizabethtown in a dual match at 7 p.m. in the Long Center.

Women's Basketball (13-0, 2-0 Landmark)

The third-ranked University of Scranton women's basketball team kicked off the new year with a pair of victories last week, knocking off Penn State-Abington on Tuesday (83-31), then rallying late to win at Elizabethtown (51-50) on Saturday in Landmark Conference action.

Against Penn State-Abington, the Lady Royals leapt out to a 21-5 lead in the first quarter and never looked back in a dominating 52-point victory in their final non-conference game of the regular season.

In the win, senior forward Alexix Roman (Hawley, Pa./Wallenpaupack) had a team-high 15 points and 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Junior forward Katie Feehery (Media, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) finished with a career-high 11 points along with five rebounds and two assists in 13 minutes off the bench. Junior guard Bridgette Mann(Canadensis, Pa./Wallenpaupack) added 10 points and three assists.

Scranton had a much tougher go of it on Saturday at Elizabethtown, as the host Blue Jays gave the Lady Royals all they could handle for 40 minutes. In the end, a made free throw by Mann with 22 seconds left proved to be the difference in a tough one-point win on the road as the Lady Royals scored the final four points of the game.

Senior forward Sarah Payonk (Schwenksville, Pa./Spring-Ford) scored a team-high 15 points, 10 of which were scored in the second half. She also grabbed seven rebounds and blocked two shots. Roman ended the game with a double-double, scoring 14 points with 10 rebounds, and was the only other Lady Royal to score in double-figures. Meanwhile, Mann, freshman Mackenzie Yori (Hazleton, Pa./Hazleton) and junior Katie Broderick (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield) each scored six points in the victory.

The University of Scranton women's basketball team returns to action on Wednesday, hosting Susquehanna inside the John Long Center in a Landmark Conference match-up. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

Men's Basketball (10-3, 2-0 Landmark)

The University of Scranton men's basketball team went 2-0 last week, including a victory in Landmark Conference play.

The Royals opened the week with a dominant 75-40 win over Gettysburg on Wednesday, Jan. 4, in the Long Center. Scranton held Gettysburg scoreless for nearly 14 minutes of game time, and the 40 points allowed were the fewest allowed by the Royals in almost 10 years.

Senior center John Vitkus (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) led the way with 14 points and eight rebounds, junior guard Mitch Cross (Marriottsville, Md./Loyola-Blakefield) matched his career high with 14 points, and junior guard Chris McCullough (Harborfields, N.Y./Greenlawn) added 10 points.

On Saturday, Jan. 7, the Royals pulled away late for a 68-55 win at Elizabethtown to improve to 2-0 in Landmark Conference play. Vitkus again led the way with 16 points and nine rebounds, and junior guards Ethan Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights) and Kevin Doolan (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) scored 14 each.

The Royals are back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 11, when they travel to Selinsgrove, Pa. to take on #14 Susquehanna at 7 p.m.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Tuesday, Jan. 10
Wrestling – vs. Elizabethtown (7 p.m.)

Wednesday, Jan. 4
Men's basketball – at Susquehanna (7 p.m.)
Women's basketball – vs. Susquehanna (7 p.m.)

Saturday, Jan. 14
Men's swimming & diving – at Misericordia (1 p.m.)
Women's swimming & diving – at Misericordia (1 p.m.)
Women's basketball – at Goucher (2 p.m.)
Men's basketball – at Goucher (4 p.m.)


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