Royal Review: January 9-15

Freshman Riva Kelly was the first Royal swimmer to take an event on the day, as Scranton improved to 7-1 in dual meets with a win at Misericordia on Saturday.
Freshman Riva Kelly was the first Royal swimmer to take an event on the day, as Scranton improved to 7-1 in dual meets with a win at Misericordia on Saturday.

Women's Swimming & Diving (7-1)

In their first meet in almost two months, The University of Scranton women's swimming & diving team began the 2017 portion of their schedule in style on Saturday afternoon, as the Royals knocked off host Misericordia, 134-122, in a highly contested dual meet on the road.

In the meet, Misericordia was able to take the first three events of the afternoon (400-medley relay, 1000-freestyle, and 200-freestyle), the Royals grabbed their first win of the day in the 100-breaststroke, as freshman Riva Kelly (Bogota, N.J./Teaneck) won the event in a time of 1:07.39. Scranton's next victory came in the 200-butterfly, where fellow freshman Hailey Kenyon (Ringoes, N.J./Hunterdon Central) was victorious in 2:29.39.

In the 200-backstroke, sophomore Susan Neggia (Fair Lawn, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) was the next Royal to win an event, taking the 200-backstroke in 2:17.21, which was followed up by a victory in the 500-freestyle by fellow sophomore Emma Ilseman (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central), who hit the wall in a time of 5:41.44 to win the event by almost three seconds.

The Royals were able to clinch the meet win in the 100-butterfly, as junior Raquel Wasserman (Pound Ridge, N.Y./The Fox Lane) took the event by over four seconds, hitting the wall in 1:02.29

The University of Scranton women's swimming & diving team returns to action on Saturday, hosting Drew in the final home meet of the 2016-17 season inside the Byron Center on campus. Things get underway at 1 p.m.

Men's Swimming & Diving (4-3)

The University of Scranton men's swimming & diving team opened the 2017 portion of its schedule on Saturday at Misericordia, and the host Cougars were able to pull out a 139-115 victory.

On the day, sophomore Robert Kahrs (East Windsor, N.J./Notre Dame) was able to win the first event of the afternoon for Scranton in the 200-butterfly, hitting the wall in 2:13.10 to take the event in almost eight seconds.

Next in the 50-freestyle, fellow freshman Raymond Diorio (Warren, N.J./Watchung Hills) was victorious in 23.06, marking the last time on the afternoon that Scranton captured an event over Misericordia.

The University of Scranton men's swimming & diving team returns to action on Saturday, hosting Drew in their final home meet of the 2016-17 season inside the Byron Center on campus. Things get underway at 1 p.m.

Wrestling (10-0)

The University of Scranton wrestling team continued its impressive work in dual matches, defeating Elizabethtown, 28-6, on Friday, Jan. 13, in the Long Center to improve to 10-0 on the season. It's the first time in program history the Royals have been 10-0.

Scranton won five of the first six bouts by decision, then put the match away when sophomore Kevin Merle (Stroudsburg, Pa./Belvidere) won by pin at 165 pounds and junior Zachary D'Apolito (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Valley Senior) followed with a major decision at 174 for an insurmountable 22-3 lead with three matches left.

In the victory, senior Ian Evans (Laurys Station, Pa./Parkland) scored a 7-4 decision at 157 pounds, the 112th victory of his career. He is 13 away from matching the program's all-time record for career wins of 125, held by Darren Buseman (1999-2003).

The Royals will put their undefeated record on the line on Tuesday, Jan. 17, when they travel to Wilkes-Barre, Pa. to take on King's at 7 p.m.

Women's Basketball (15-0, 4-0 Landmark)

The winning ways continued for the University of Scranton women's basketball team this past week, as the third-ranked Lady Royals remained unbeaten with Landmark Conference victories over Susquehanna (66-53) on Wednesday night and Goucher (76-48) on Saturday.

Against Susquehanna, Scranton fell behind in the first half, trailing by three at intermission (34-31), but stormed back in the second half, outscoring the Riverhawks 35-19 over the final two quarters to take a 13-point win at home, their 24th straight in the regular season inside the John Long Center.

Leading the way for Scranton was sophomore guard Bridgette Mann (Canadensis, Pa./Wallenpaupack), who matched a career-high with 25 point, nailing five three-pointers throughout the contest. Elsewhere, senior forward Alexix Roman (Hawley, Pa./Wallenpaupack) posted her third straight double-double, ending the game with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

It was smooth sailing for Scranton at Goucher on Saturday, as the Lady Royals never trailed in the dominating 28-point victory, the program's 49th straight regular season victory overall, 28th of which have come in Landmark Conference action.

In the win, freshman guard Mackenzie Yori (Hazleton, Pa./Hazleton) lead all Scranton scorers with 18 points, topping four Lady Royals who scored in double-figures in the win. Roman scored in double figures for the 14th time in 15 games on the year, finishing with 14 points. Mann added 12 points with four assists, while senior forward Sarah Payonk (Schwenksville, Pa./Spring-Ford) posted a double-double, scoring 11 points, while grabbing 11 rebounds.

The University of Scranton women's basketball team returns to action on Wednesday, traveling to Moravian for another Landmark Conference match-up on the road. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

Men's Basketball (11-4, 3-1 Landmark)

The University of Scranton men's basketball team went 1-1 during the week and is in a tie for second in the Landmark Conference with 10 games remaining.

The Royals opened the week by going on the road and upsetting 11th-ranked Susquehanna, 76-68, on Wednesday, Jan. 11. Senior center John Vitkus (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) led the way with 20 points and 13 rebounds, his seventh double-double of the season. Junior guard Kevin Doolan (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) added 15 points and junior forward Brandon Feinberg (Avon, Conn./Avon/Suffield Academy) matched his career-high with 14 points.

On Saturday, Jan. 14, Scranton played its final of four straight road games and suffered an 81-73 loss at Goucher. Junior guard Ethan Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights) hit five 3-pointers on his way to a team-high 19 points. Vitkus added 15 points while Feinberg and junior forward Drew Schankweiler (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg) added 10 each.

The Royals will return to action when they host Moravian on Wednesday, Jan. 18, in a Landmark Conference game at 7 p.m. in the Long Center.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Tuesday, Jan. 17
Wrestling – at King's (7 p.m.)

Wednesday, Jan. 18
Men's basketball – vs. Moravian (7 p.m.)
Women's basketball – at Moravian (7 p.m.)

Saturday, Jan. 21
Wrestling – at New York University (11 a.m.)
Wrestling – vs. Mt. St. Vincent, at NYU (11 a.m.)
Men's swimming & diving – vs. Drew, Senior Day (1 p.m.)
Women's swimming & diving – vs. Drew, Senior Day (1 p.m.)
Women's basketball – vs. Catholic (2 p.m.)
Men's basketball – vs. Catholic (4 p.m.) 


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