Royal Review: March 6-12

The women's basketball team was one of four Scranton squads to win a Landmark Conference championship in 2016-17.
The women's basketball team was one of four Scranton squads to win a Landmark Conference championship in 2016-17.

Women's Basketball (26-4)

The University of Scranton women's basketball team had its season come to an end on Friday evening, as the Lady Royals were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament by Tufts, 65-48, in a Sweet 16 matchup. The game was played at Washington University in St. Louis.

In the defeat, sophomore guard Bridgette Mann (Canadensis, Pa./Wallenpaupack) led the Scranton offense, scoring 15 points, while senior forward Alexix Roman (Hawley, Pa./Wallenpaupack) posted 12 points and seven rebounds in her final game in a Lady Royal uniform.

Despite suffering the defeat, it was another successful season for Scranton, as it won the Landmark Conference championship for the fifth time in program history late last month, clinching the 30th all-time bid to the NCAA Tournament for the program, an NCAA Division III record.

The Lady Royals also advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third time in four seasons and the 21st time in program history.

The loss also concluded the banner careers of Roman, Sarah Payonk (Schwenksville, Pa./Spring-Ford) and Denise Rizzo (Paramus, N.J./Holy Angels), who collectively led the Lady Royals to 106 victories over the last four years, three Landmark Conference titles, and four NCAA Tournament bids.

Baseball (5-3)

The University of Scranton baseball team opened its spring break trip with victories on Saturday and Sunday in Fort Myers, Fla.

The Royals began the trip with a 7-3 win over Lakeland University on Saturday afternoon. Freshman designated hitter Kevin Haag (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining/Bridgton Academy) went 4-for-5 with three RBIs to lead the offense. Junior righty Anthony Caladie (Mountain Top, Pa./Crestwood) worked 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs, all earned, on three hits and two walks while striking out four to earn his first win of the season.

On Sunday, the Royals' offense had a banner day in a 17-9 win over Gallaudet. The Royals finished with 16 hits, led by junior outfielder Tommy Trotter (Cranford, N.J./Cranford), who went 5-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, three RBIs and a run scored. Junior designated hitter Chase Standen (Newtown Square, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) also had a triple, a double and drove in five in the victory.

The Royals' trip continues with games on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before the team returns home.

Men's Lacrosse (2-2)

The men's lacrosse team won its only game of the week, defeating King's, 10-4, on Wednesday, March 8, at Fitzpatrick Field.

Junior attackman Matt Carfaro (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris) led the Royals with a career-high four goals in the victory. Freshman Michael Elefonte (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) added two goals, the first of his career. And junior midfielder Adam Drury (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) won 14 of 16 faceoffs and scooped up 10 ground balls to help the Royals control possession most of the game.

The Royals' game at SUNY Geneseo on Saturday, March 11, was postponed due to inclement weather. No makeup date has been announced. The Royals will return to action on Wednesday, March 15, when they travel to Dallas, Pa. to face Misericordia at 4 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse (3-0)

The women's lacrosse team's game at Farmingdale State on Saturday, March 11, was postponed due to inclement weather. No makeup date has been scheduled.

The Royals will return to action when they face Guilford on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Greensboro, N.C. as part of the team's spring break trip.

Softball (1-3)

The University of Scranton softball team opened its season this past weekend in Florida, falling in games to Concordia-Wisconsin (4-3, eight innings), Oneonta St. (4-0) and Rutgers-Newark (16-6), before knocking off Oswego State (9-6) on Sunday.

In the Oswego State victory, senior Jacqueline DeSarro (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic) smacked a game-winning three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning, lifting the Royals to their first win of the season. In the victory, DeSarro went 2-for-4 with five RBI to lead the offense, while fellow senior Shannon Stricker (Morrisville, Pa./Conwell Egan) also went 2-for-4 with two RBI.

The Royals will have a busy week in Florida as they continue their spring break trip with six games in four days, beginning on Monday when they will take on Gordon at 3:30 p.m., followed by a contest with RIT (8:30 p.m.).

Men's Tennis (2-4)

The University of Scranton men's tennis team opened the spring portion of its schedule this past weekend in Orlando, Fla., dropping a pair of 9-0 decisions to Wisconsin-La Crosse on Saturday and Hobart on Sunday.

The Royals will continue play in Florida when they face Ohio Wesleyan on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Women's Tennis (2-3)

The University of Scranton women's tennis team is also in Orlando to kick-off the spring portion of its schedule, as the Royals dropped a 9-0 decision to Wisconsin-La Crosse on Saturday in the first match of the trip.

The Royals will continue play in Florida when they face Ohio Wesleyan on Monday at 3 p.m.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Monday, March 13
Baseball – vs. MacMurray, in Fort Myers, Fla. (12 p.m.)
Women's tennis – vs. Ohio Wesleyan, in Orlando, Fla. (3 p.m.)
Softball – vs. Gordon, in Clermont, Fla. (3:30 p.m.)
Softball – vs. Rochester Inst. of Technology, in Clermont, Fla. (8:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, March 14
Women's tennis – vs. Hobart, in Orlando, Fla. (9:30 a.m.)
Baseball – vs. Washington College, in Fort Myers, Fla. (12 p.m., DH)
Men's tennis – vs. Ohio Wesleyan, in Orlando, Fla. (6:30 p.m.)
Women's lacrosse – at Guilford (7 p.m.)

Wednesday, March 15
Baseball – vs. Old Westbury, in Fort Myers, Fla. (9 a.m., DH)
Softball – vs. Gallaudet, in Clermont, Fla. (1 p.m.)
Softball – vs.  Rensselaer, in Clermont, Fla. (3:30 p.m.)
Men's lacrosse – at Misericordia (4 p.m.)
Men's tennis – vs. Lindenwood, in Orlando, Fla. (7 p.m.)

Thursday, March 16
Women's tennis – vs. St. Norbert, in Orlando, Fla. (8 a.m.)
Men's tennis – vs. Springfield, in Orlando, Fla. (2:30 p.m.)
Softball – vs. Mass. College of Liberal Arts, in Clermont, Fla. (3:30 p.m.)
Softball – vs. Dallas, in Clermont, Fla. (6 p.m.)

Friday, March 17
Women's lacrosse – at Meredith (5 p.m.)
Men's lacrosse – vs. SUNY-Potsdam, at Onandaga C.C., Syracuse, N.Y. (7 p.m.)

Saturday, March 18
Baseball – vs. Juniata (1 p.m., DH)
Softball – at Juniata (1 p.m., DH)

Sunday, March 19
Baseball – vs. Juniata (12 p.m.)

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