Royal Review: March 27-April 2

Royal Review: March 27-April 2

Softball (7-6, 2-2 Landmark Conference)

The University of Scranton softball team traveled to Elizabethtown on Sunday for a Landmark Conference doubleheader and won both games in come-from-behind fashion, taking game one, 6-2, then game two, 5-4.

In the first game, the Royals did all their damage in the top of the seventh inning, scoring six runs to overcome a one-run deficit entering the inning. In the inning, senior Christine Kiefer (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) had an RBI single that tied the game at one, which was followed up by a two-RBI single by freshman Anna Price (Bordertown, N.J./Bordertown Regional). With two away, senior Marisa Ciriello (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville) then belted a three-run home run that put the Royals ahead, 6-1.

In the pitching circle in the first game, junior Morgan Rentzheimer (Laurys Station, Pa./Parkland) earned the complete-game victory, as she did not allow an earned run on four hits and three strikeouts to move to 5-3 for the year.

Game two saw Scranton claw back from an early 4-0 deficit, as Kiefer completed the comeback with a two-out, pinch-hit RBI single with two outs in the top of the seventh that lifted Scranton to a 5-4 win.

Senior Jacqueline DeSarro (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic) had a big game, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Price was 2-for-3 in the win, while Ciriello scored two runs in the contest.

In the circle, freshman starter Caitlin Long (Ho Ho Kus, N.J./Northern Highlands Regional) earned her first win of the year after keeping Elizabethtown off the scoreboard for the final three innings she was in the game. Rentzheimer also came in the bottom of the seventh and tossed a scoreless inning of relief to earn the save.

The University of Scranton softball team returns to action on Monday, traveling to King's for a non-conference doubleheader at 3:30 p.m.

Men's Lacrosse (5-3, 1-1 Landmark)

The University of Scranton men's lacrosse team went 1-1 during the week, winning a non-conference matchup with SUNY Potsdam on Tuesday before dropping a Landmark Conference game at Catholic on Saturday.

In the 13-7 win over SUNY Potsdam at Fitzpatrick Field, Senior attackman Jake Haimson (Montville, N.J./Montville) and junior midfielder Conor Carey (Long Beach, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) combined for six goals and three assists to lead the Royals. Haimson finished with three goals and two assists while Carey had three goals and an assist.

Freshman midfielder Peter Roche (Chester, N.J./Mendham) added two goals and two assists, and senior midfielder William Joyce (Bethesda, Md./St. John's) scored twice. Senior goalkeeper Alex Malecki (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) finished with a career-high 11 saves, including seven in the second half. Junior midfielder Adam Drury (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) won 17 of 23 faceoffs and had a team-high eight ground balls.

On Saturday, the Royals suffered a 12-4 loss at Catholic in Washington, D.C. The Royals were led by junior attackman Patrick O'Rourke (Floral Park, N.Y./Chaminade), who had a goal and an assist. Senior attackman John Sheridan (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood), Joyce and freshman attackman Connor Kirkwood (Millburn, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) added goals.

The Royals return to action on Wednesday, April 5, when they host SUNY Geneseo in a non-conference game at 5 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.

Baseball (8-11, 0-5 Landmark Conference)

The baseball team had a tough week, going 0-3 and dropping both ends of a Landmark Conference doubleheader.

The Royals opened the week with a 4-1 loss to Muhlenberg on Wednesday, March 29, at Maplezone Sports Institute in Aston, Pa. The Royals managed just five hits in the defeat, including two each from senior outfielder Anthony Simone (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Valley Senior) and junior infielder Brad Schneider (Ambler, Pa./La Salle College H.S.).

On Sunday, April 2, the Royals lost a pair of slugfests to Elizabethtown, 14-10 and 9-8 in eight innings, in Landmark Conference action. Junior designated hitter Chase Standen (Newtown, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) finished the day with six hits and five runs scored, and junior center fielder Tommy Trotter (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) had four hits, three of them doubles, scored twice and drove in four to highlight the day for the Royals.

The Royals complete the three-game series against Elizabethtown on Monday at 4 p.m. at Connell Park.

Women's Golf

The women's golf team opened the spring portion of its season by competing in the Susquehanna Spring Invitational on Sunday, April 2, at Susquehanna Valley Country Club.

The Royals finished fourth in the five-team field, led by Brianna Stein (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) and junior Julie Cranney (Exton, Pa./Downingtown East), who shot 106 and 108, respectively.

The women's golf team will be back in action on Sunday, April 9, when they face Misericordia in a match at Irem Temple Country Club in Dallas, Pa. at 1 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse (6-2, 1-1 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team fell to 10th-ranked Catholic on Saturday at Fitzpatrick Field, 20-4, in a Landmark Conference match.

In the opening half of the contest, Catholic came out fast, opening a 6-0 lead on the Royals in the first 15 minutes of regulation. Scranton, however, clawed their way back into the match after scoring four of the next six goals, slicing the Catholic lead down to 8-4 with about a minute to go in the opening frame.

Scoring goals for Scranton in the period were freshman Shannon Warburton (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh), junior Morgan Windisch (Williston Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy), sophomore Katie Rogers (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's), and senior Meghan Kerr (Warwick, N.Y./John S. Burke Catholic). Kerr and sophomore Kaitlyn Murphy (Somers, N.Y./North Salem) were also credited with assists on two of the four goals scored by the Royals, as well.

However, Catholic ended the half with a goal with two seconds left to take a 9-4 lead into intermission. In the second period, the Cardinals controlled play, outscoring the Royals 11-0 in the frame to roll to the Landmark Conference victory on the road.

The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team returns to action on Tuesday, traveling to Rowan for a non-conference contest at 7 p.m.

Men's Tennis (3-7, 1-0 Landmark)

The University of Scranton men's tennis team opened Landmark Conference play in fine fashion on Sunday at Royal Courts, as the Royals knocked off visiting Elizabethtown, 8-1.

In the win, Scranton got off to a fast start in doubles, sweeping three matches to take a 3-0 lead. Taking the first win of the day was the number one doubles team of sophomore Alexander Ochalski (Hopewell, N.J./Hopewell Valley Central) and junior Keller McGurrin (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep), who were victorious 8-2.

At number two, seniors Matt Prendergast (Flanders, N.J./Mt. Olive) and Michael Pottieger (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing Area) rolled to an 8-0 win, while sophomore Christian Aksu (Exton, Pa./West Chester East) and junior Emmett Ryan (Manchester, Mass./Canterbury School) finished off doubles with an 8-4 win at number three.

In singles, Scranton won five of the six matches contested, clinching the match at number three singles when Prendergast rolled to a 6-2, 6-0 win. At number one singles, McGurrin was a 6-4, 6-0 victor, while at number two, Ochalski won in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0. Scranton finished off the match with winners at number five and six, as sophomores Brian Harkins (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield) and Charles Swope (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) were winners in straight sets.

The University of Scranton men's tennis team returns to action on Saturday, traveling to Goucher for another Landmark Conference match-up. First serve is set for 1 p.m.

Women's Tennis (2-7, 0-1 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women's tennis dropped a match with Elizabethtown on Sunday at Royal Courts, 6-3, in the Landmark Conference season opener for the Royals.

To open the match, Elizabethtown got up 3-0 on the Royals after sweeping doubles action, taking a trio of matches.

In singles, Scranton came back, winning matches at number three and number two singles to cut the Elizabethtown lead down to 4-2. Winning at number three was senior Emily Machado (Fishkill, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes), 7-5, 6-3, while at number two, freshman Nastashia DeNunzio (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) was victorious, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.

But, Elizabethtown was able to clinch the victory with a win at number five singles over the Royals. Despite that, Scranton freshman Sakira Fussner (Kempton, Pa./Kutztown Area) ended the day strong for Scranton, taking a 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 win at number six singles.

The University of Scranton women's tennis team returns to action on Thursday, hosting Marywood in a non-conference match at Royal Courts. Action gets underway at 4 p.m.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Monday, April 3
Softball – at King's, DH (3:30 p.m.)
Baseball – vs. Elizabethtown (4 p.m.)

Tuesday, April 4
Baseball – at Montclair State (4 p.m.)
Women's lacrosse – at Rowan (7 p.m.)

Wednesday, April 5
Men's Lacrosse – vs. SUNY Geneseo (5 p.m.) 

Thursday, April 6
Men's golf – vs. King's/Wilkes, Glenmaura National G.C. (1 p.m.)
Women's tennis – vs. Marywood (4 p.m.)

Friday, April 7
Softball – vs. Cazenovia, DH (4 p.m.)

Saturday, April 8
Baseball – at Catholic, DH (12 p.m.)
Men's lacrosse – at Moravian (1 p.m.)
Women's lacrosse – vs. Moravian (1 p.m.)
Men's tennis – at Goucher (1 p.m.)
Women's tennis – at Goucher (1 p.m.)

Sunday, April 9
Baseball – at Catholic (12 p.m.)
Women's golf – at Misericordia, Irem Temple C.C. (1 p.m.)
Softball – vs. Susquehanna, DH (1 p.m.)
Men's tennis – at Catholic (1 p.m.)
Women's tennis – at Catholic (1 p.m.) 

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