Royal Review: February 6-12

Freshman forward Sofia Recupero came off the bench and scored a season-high 12 points, joining three other Lady Royals who scored in double-figures in Scranton's 70-39 win at Drew on Wednesday night.
Freshman forward Sofia Recupero came off the bench and scored a season-high 12 points, joining three other Lady Royals who scored in double-figures in Scranton's 70-39 win at Drew on Wednesday night.

Women's Basketball (20-3, 9-3 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women's basketball team – ranked 21st in the D3Hoops.com Top 25 and 18th in the WBCA Coaches' Top 25 – had a great week, defeating Drew (70-39) and Catholic (48-46) on the road in Landmark Conference play.

First on Wednesday at Drew, the Lady Royals opened a 40-24 lead at halftime and never looked back, as the 31-point victory was their largest by margin of the Landmark Conference season to date. Four Lady Royals scored in double figures, led by senior forward Alexix Roman (Hawley, Pa./Wallenpaupack), who matched a game-high with 18 points after shooting 7-of-9 from the floor.

Freshman forward Sofia Recupero (Whitestone, N.Y./Saint Francis Prep) finished with a career-high 12 points off the bench, while pulling down six rebounds, while both senior forward Sarah Payonk (Schwenksville, Pa./Spring-Ford) and junior forward Katie Feehery (Media, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) each had 10 points.

On Saturday at Catholic, the Lady Royals gutted out a tough two-point victory in a defensive slugfest, as Scranton handed the host Cardinals their first loss of the season in Landmark Conference play, halting an 11-game winning streak by Catholic in the process.

Scranton was led in the win by Roman, who scored in double figures for the 18th time in 19 games, finishing with 15 points and seven rebounds in the victory. Sophomore guard Bridgette Mann (Canadensis, Pa./Wallenpaupack) finished with 13 points, while Payonk had nine points, pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds and added three assists.

On defense, the Lady Royals were strong the entire game, holding Catholic to single-digit point outputs in the second and fourth periods. They also held the Cardinals to just 29.4 percent shooting from the floor in the win.

The University of Scranton women's basketball team plays their final road game of the regular season on Wednesday night at Susquehanna. The Landmark Conference match-up gets underway at 7 p.m.

Men's Basketball (17-6, 9-3 Landmark)

The University of Scranton men's basketball team went 1-1 during the week and is currently tied for second in the Landmark Conference with two regular season games remaining.

The Royals opened the week by clinching a playoff berth with an 82-68 win over Drew on Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the Long Center. Senior center John Vitkus (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) scored a career-high 24 points and added eight rebounds in the win. Freshman forward Matthew Mancuso (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) matched his career high with 14 points and junior guards Kevin Doolan (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) and Mitch Cross (Marriottsville, Md./Loyola-Blakefield) had 10 points each.

On Saturday, Feb. 11, Scranton had its six-game winning streak snapped in a 63-62 loss at Catholic. Vitkus had a team-high 14 points, Cross finished with 11 and freshman guard Kyle DeVerna (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) added 10.

Scranton will have a chance to move back into first place when the Royals host first-place Susquehanna on Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the Long Center. A win would give the Royals the tie-breaker over the River Hawks, who the Royals defeated once already this season.

Wrestling (15-4)

The University of Scranton wrestling team fell into an early hole and could not rebound in a 26-12 loss at 23rd-ranked College at Brockport in the Royals' final regular season event of the 2016-17 season.

Brockport (6-1) won the first four matches to race out to a 20-0 lead, and Scranton (15-4) could not rally despite winning four of the final six matches. Senior Ian Evans (Laurys Station, Pa./Parkland) got the Royals on the board with a 3-0 decision at 157 pounds. It was his 29th victory of the season and the 119th of his career, which is second in Royals' history. He needs six victories to tie the school's all-time record, held by Darren Buseman (1999-03).

Scranton also received a 2-1 decision from junior Zachary D'Apolito (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Valley Senior) at 174 pounds, a 9-4 decision from sophomore Daniel D'Agostini (Allentown, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) at 184 pounds, and a 4-3 decision from senior Salvatore Montuori (Clark, N.J./Arthur L. Johnson) at 285.

The Royals will now have two weeks to prepare for the NCAA East Regionals on Saturday and Sunday, March 25 and 26, at York College in York, Pa.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Wednesday, Feb. 15
Men's basketball – vs. Susquehanna (7 p.m.)
Women's basketball – at Susquehanna (7 p.m.)

Friday, Feb. 17
Men's swimming & diving – Landmark Conference championships, at Gaithersburg, Md. (10 a.m.)
Women's swimming & diving – Landmark Conference championships, at Gaithersburg, Md. (10 a.m.)

Saturday, Feb. 18

Men's swimming & diving – Landmark Conference championships, at Gaithersburg, Md. (10 a.m.)
Women's swimming & diving – Landmark Conference championships, at Gaithersburg, Md. (10 a.m.)
Women's basketball – vs. Catholic, Senior Day (1 p.m.)
Wall of Fame induction ceremony, John Long Center (2:30 p.m.)
Men's basketball – vs. Catholic, Senior Day (3:15 p.m.)

Sunday, Feb. 19
Men's swimming & diving – Landmark Conference championships, at Gaithersburg, Md. (10 a.m.)
Women's swimming & diving – Landmark Conference championships, at Gaithersburg, Md. (10 a.m.)

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