Men's Lacrosse (4-2, 1-0 Landmark)
The men's lacrosse team returned to action for the first time in more than two weeks and posted a pair of victories, including a win in the Landmark Conference opener.
On Thursday, March 23, the Royals traveled across town and handed Marywood a 12-5 loss in a non-conference matchup. Scranton built an 11-2 lead early in the fourth quarter before Marywood scored the final three goals.
Junior attackman Matt Carfaro (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris) continued his strong early season with a career high seven points on three goals and four assists. He scored or assisted on five of the Royals' first eight goals. Senior midfielder John Sheridan (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) and freshman attackman Connor Kirkwood (Millburn, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) added three goals each for Scranton. Senior attackman Jake Haimson (Montville, N.J./Montville) and junior attackman Casey Green (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) also had a goal apiece.
On Saturday, March 25, Scranton rallied for an 8-4 victory over Goucher in the Landmark Conference opener at Fitzpatrick Field. The Royals trailed 3-2 at halftime, but outscored the Gophers 6-1 in the second half.
Kirkwood led Scranton with three goals while Haimson and Sheridan had two goals each. Carfaro continued his strong play with a goal and four assists. Senior goalkeeper Alex Malecki (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) finished with seven saves, six of which came in the second half.
The Royals are back in action on Tuesday, March 28, when they host SUNY Potsdam at 4 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.
Baseball (8-8, 0-3 Landmark Conference)
The University of Scranton baseball team got off to a rough start in Landmark Conference play, dropping all three games of a series against Susquehanna on Saturday, March 25, and Sunday, March 26.
In Saturday's doubleheader, the Royals suffered losses of 13-0 and 4-2. In the second game, junior infielder Patrick Mergel (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic) launched a two-run home run in the second inning and later doubled.
In Sunday's single game, Scranton suffered a tough 4-3 loss in 10 innings. Scranton (8-8, 0-3 Landmark) held leads of 2-0 after the top of the fourth and 3-1 after the top of the fifth, but Susquehanna tied the game with runs in the bottom of the fifth and bottom of the seventh.
Freshman designated hitter Kevin Haag (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining/Bridgton Academy) had an RBI double and junior outfielder Chase Standen (Newtown, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) followed with an RBI single in the fourth for Scranton. Senior outfielder Anthony Simone (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Valley Senior) had an RBI single in the fifth for the Royals.
Senior shortstop Patrick O'Dell (Phoenixville, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) had three hits, two stolen bases and a run to lead Scranton. Standen, Simone and junior outfielder Tommy Trotter (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) each had two hits.
The Royals will return to action on Wednesday, March 29, when they travel to Allentown, Pa. to take on Muhlenberg at 3:30 p.m.
Women's Lacrosse (6-1, 1-0 Landmark)
The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team posted a pair of victories on the week, knocking off Marywood on Thursday at home, 14-7, before opening Landmark Conference play for the year with a big 20-2 win at Goucher on Saturday.
In the Marywood matchup, Scranton used a balanced attack to keep a lead on the visiting Pacers for most of the game, as the Royals eventually opened a 12-6 lead midway through the second half.
The Scranton offense was led by senior Meghan Kerr (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) and junior Morgan Windisch (Williston Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Acad.), who each scored four goals. Sophomore Christine Olert (Katonah, N.Y./Somers) ended with two goals and three assists, while freshman Becca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) led the defense with a game-high seven ground balls.
Against Goucher on Saturday, the Royals opened a 6-0 lead in the first 11 minutes of action and never looked back, coasting to victory in their Landmark Conference opener. Eleven different Royals scored goals, led by Kerr, who finished with four goals, giving her a team-best 26 goals this season.
Sophomore Elena Gallo (East Meadow, N.Y./Kellenberg) tallied a hat trick with three goals and one assist, while sophomore Katie Rogers (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's), freshman Shannon Warburton (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh), and juniors Windisch and Kailyn Angelo (West Cheser, Pa./Villa Maria Acad.) all scored two goals apiece.
The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team returns to action on Saturday, hosting Catholic in a Landmark Conference game at Fitzpatrick Field at 1 p.m.
Softball (5-6, 0-2 Landmark Conference)
The University of Scranton softball team fell in a Landmark Conference doubleheader on Sunday at Juniata in their only action of the week, losing game one, 11-6, and game two, 8-4.
In the first game, Juniata jumped out to a 6-2 lead after three innings and never looked back, scoring 11 runs on 15 hits. Scranton still smacked 12 hits in the defeat and had three players with multiple hits. Leading the way was senior Shannon Stricker (Morrisville, Pa./Conwell Egan), who went 2-for-4 with four RBI and a double. Senior Jacqueline DeSarro (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic) and junior Morgan Rentzheimer (Laurys Station, Pa./Parkland) also went 2-for-4, while sophomore Molly Hampsey (Tunkhannock, Pa./Tunkhannock) had a triple.
In game two, the Royals leapt out to a 3-1 lead after three innings, but Juniata was able to score seven of the game's last eight runs. Freshman Megan Zinn (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) was 2-for-4 with a run scored in the leadoff spot for Scranton, while fellow freshman Casey DeSarno (Wall Township, N.J./Wall) was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
The softball team is slated to return to action on Tuesday, hosting Cazenovia in a non-conference doubleheader at the Jessup Youth Sports Complex at 4 p.m.
This Week in University of Scranton Athletics
Tuesday, March 28
Men's lacrosse – vs. SUNY Potsdam (4 p.m.)
Softball – vs. Cazenovia, DH (4 p.m.)
Wednesday, March 29
Baseball – at Muhlenberg (3:30 p.m.)
Thursday, March 30
Men's golf – at Wilkes, Huntsville G.C., Shavertown, Pa. (1 p.m.)
Saturday, April 1
Baseball – vs. Elizabethtown, DH at PNC Field, Moosic, Pa. (1 p.m.)
Men's lacrosse – at Catholic (1 p.m.)
Women's lacrosse – vs. Catholic (1 p.m.)
Softball – at Elizabethtown, DH (1 p.m.)
Men's tennis – vs. Elizabethtown (1 p.m.)
Women's tennis – vs. Elizabethtown (1 p.m.)
Sunday, April 2
Baseball – vs. Elizabethtown (12 p.m.)
Women's golf – at Susquehanna Spring Invitational, Susquehanna Valley, C.C., Selinsgrove, Pa. (12 p.m.)