Royal Review: April 3-9

Junior Keller McGurrin won at both doubles and singles on Sunday at Catholic, helping the Royals collect an 8-1 win on the road.
Junior Keller McGurrin won at both doubles and singles on Sunday at Catholic, helping the Royals collect an 8-1 win on the road.

Men's Tennis (5-7, 3-0 Landmark)

It was a big weekend for The University of Scranton men's tennis team, as the Royals collected a pair of Landmark Conference victories at Goucher (6-3) on Saturday, then Catholic on Sunday (8-1).

In the Goucher win, Scranton swept doubles to go up 3-0 entering singles action. There, Goucher took two matches to slice the Scranton lead down to 3-2. But, the Royals bounced back, as sophomore Alexander Ochalski (Hopewell, N.J./Hopewell Valley Central) won at number two (7-5, 6-2) and senior Matt Prendergast (Flanders, N.J./Mt. Olive) won at number three (7-5, 7-6 (7-4)) to clinch the victory for Scranton.

In the Catholic match, the Royals won eight of the nine matches contested on the afternoon to roll to an 8-1 win to remain unbeaten in the Landmark Conference. Scranton had four players win at both doubles and singles in the match – Prendergast, Ochalski, junior Keller McGurrin (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep) and sophomore Brian Harkins (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield).

The University of Scranton men's tennis team returns to action on Wednesday, April 19, as they travel to Drew for another Landmark Conference match at 4 p.m.

Women's Tennis (4-7, 2-1 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women's tennis also had a banner weekend, as the Royals upended both Goucher (7-2) and Catholic (6-3) in Landmark Conference road matches on Saturday and Sunday.

Against Goucher, Scranton won all three doubles matches to take a 3-0 lead into singles. There, Goucher was only victorious in two of the six matches contested, as Scranton clinched their first conference win of the year when junior Julia Frattaroli (Newtown, Conn./Newtown) won at number one singles, 6-0, 7-5.

Also collecting wins in singles action were sophomore Emilia Jakubek (Honesdale, Pa./Scranton Prep) at number four in a shutout (6-0, 6-0), and freshman Nastashia DeNunzio (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) at number two (6-1, 6-3). Both players won matches in doubles action, as well.

In the Catholic match, Scranton once again swept doubles play to go up 3-0 entering singles. There, Catholic captured a pair of matches to cut the Scranton lead down to 3-2, before the Royals won two singles matches in a row of their own to take the match.

In singles Jakubek was dominant at number four, taking a 6-1, 6-0 win. At number one, Frattaroli clinched the win for Scranton with a hard-fought three-set victory (7-6 (10-8), 6-7 (2-7), 6-3). The final victory of the day for Scranton was collected at number six singles, where freshman Sakira Fussner (Kempton, Pa./Kutztown Area) rolled to a 6-3, 6-2 win.

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

Baseball (9-14, 1-8 Landmark Conference)

The University of Scranton baseball team went 1-3 during the week, all in Landmark Conference play.

The Royals opened the week with a 5-3 win over Elizabethtown on Monday, April 3, at Connell Park. They scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to break a 3-3 tie and junior Brian Markowski (Mountain Top, Pa./Crestwood) picked up the win with 3 1/3 strong innings of relief. Senior catcher Dan Hansen (Helena, Mont./Helena) had a two-run homer and junior designated hitter Chase Standen (Newtown Square, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) had two hits and an RBI.

On Saturday, April 8, Scranton dropped both ends of a doubleheader at Catholic, 11-10 and 19-8. In the opener, the Royals rallied from a 10-1 deficit to tie the game in the top of the seventh, but Catholic won it with a home run in the bottom half. Freshman first baseman Kevin Haag (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining/Bridgton) had a two-run homer in the sixth and junior second baseman Brad Schneider (Ambler, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.) had a solo homer in the fifth for the Royals.

In the second game, junior right fielder Ryan Coonahan (Oreland, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.) singled, drove in two and scored a run, and senior center fielder Tommy Trotter (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) singled, stole a base, scored twice and drove in a run.

In the final game of the series at Catholic on Sunday, April 9, the Royals dropped an 11-8 decision. Scranton was led by Trotter, who had three hits, two runs and an RBI. Schneider doubled, drove in a run and scored a run, and senior second baseman Patrick O'Dell (Phoenixville, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) also doubled. Senior left fielder Anthony Simone (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Valley Senior) added a single and two runs, as well.

The Royals are back in action on Tuesday, April 11, when they host Wilkes in a non-conference game at Connell Park at 4 p.m.

Women's Golf (6-1)

The women's golf team defeated Misericordia and Wilkes in a tri-match on Sunday, April 9, at Irem Temple, C.C. in Dallas, Pa.

Freshman Brianna Stein (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) took home medalist honors for the Royals by shooting 90. Scranton finished with a four-player score of 400, easily defeating Misericordia (510) and Wilkes (568). Freshman Kristen Davis (South Abington Twp./Scranton Prep) and sophomore Maggie McDonough (Dunmore, Pa./Holy Cross) both shot 98 for Scranton, as well.

The Royals will be back in action on Thursday, April 13, when they take on Wilkes at Huntsville Golf Club in Shavertown, Pa. at 1 p.m.

Men's Lacrosse (6-4, 2-1 Landmark)

The University of Scranton men's lacrosse team split a pair of games during the week, losing a non-conference matchup and winning a key Landmark Conference game.

The Royals opened the week with an 8-4 loss to SUNY Geneseo on Wednesday, April 5, at Fitzpatrick Field. Scranton received two goals each from senior attackman John Sheridan (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) and junior midfielder Jack Kiess (Glen Rock, N.J./Ramapo).

On Saturday, Scranton moved into third place in the Landmark with an 11-6 win at Moravian. Junior midfielder Conor Carey (Long Beach, N.Y./Chaminade) finished with a team-high three goals and added an assist, and fellow junior midfielder Adam Drury (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) won 17 of 21 faceoffs to help the Royals (6-4, 2-1 Landmark) dominate possession in the win. Junior attackman Patrick O'Rourke (Floral Park, N.Y./Chaminade) added two goals and an assist.

The Royals will be back in action on Thursday, April 13, when they host Elizabethtown in a Landmark Conference matchup at 7 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.

Women's Lacrosse (7-3, 2-1 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team split a pair of matches on the week, falling to Rowan in non-conference play on Tuesday night, 17-8, before knocking off Moravian in Landmark Conference play on Saturday, 20-9.

In the Rowan match, the Profs outscored the Royals, 10-3, in the second half to pull away. Junior Kailyn Angelo (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Acad.) led the offense by scoring three times, while senior Meghan Kerr (Warwick, N.Y./John S. Burke Catholic) scored twice. In net, freshman goalie Erin Putnam (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks South) kept Scranton in the match all evening, making 12 saves in a losing effort.

Against Moravian on Saturday, sophomore Katie Rogers (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's) scored a career-high six goals to lead the offense, as the Royals opened a 13-3 lead at halftime and never looked back in the 11-goal victory.

Elsewhere, a trio of Scranton players scored three goals apiece in the win – Kerr, junior Colleen O'Rourke (Floral Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) and sophomore Elena Gallo (East Meadow, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial). Kerr also ended the day with four assists.

The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team returns to action on Thursday, traveling to Elizabethtown for a Landmark Conference match at 4 p.m.

Softball (8-9, 2-4 Landmark Conference)

The University of Scranton softball team went 1-3 this past week, splitting a doubleheader with King's on Monday, then falling in a pair of Landmark Conference games with Susquehanna on Sunday.

Against King's, the Royals captured game one of a double-dip by a score of 2-1, before falling in game two, 12-4, in six innings. In the game one victory, junior pitcher Morgan Rentzheimer (Laurys Station, Pa./Parkland) tossed a complete game, allowing just a single run in the bottom of the fifth in the victory to move to 6-3 overall on the year.

At the plate in the win, senior Christine Kiefer (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) had a big game, going 3-for-3 with an RBI single. In game two, however, Scranton surrendered an early 4-1 lead, allowing 11 runs in the fifth and sixth innings to lose by eight.

On Sunday in their home season opener at the Jessup Youth Sports Complex, the Royals dropped a pair of Landmark Conference contests to Susquehanna by scores of 3-1 and 6-5.

In game one, Scranton scored its run in the fourth inning, as Susquehanna took an early lead and held it through the majority of the contest. Kiefer went 2-for-3 with a run scored while fellow senior Shannon Stricker (Morrisville, Pa./Conwell Egan) also went 2-for-3 with an RBI single in the fourth.

Game two saw Scranton fall behind, 5-1, in the fourth inning, but the Royals clawed their way back in it, plating two runs in the fifth to cut the Susquehanna lead to 5-3 entering the final two innings. In the seventh, Susquehanna scored what turned out to be the game-winning run in the top half, as Scranton scored two more runs in the bottom of the inning and loaded the bases with two outs. But, a ground out ended the game.

Senior Jacqueline DeSarro (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic) and freshman Casey DeSarno (Wall Township, N.J./Wall) each went 2-for-4 to lead the Royals at the plate, with DeSarno collecting an RBI.

The softball team returns to action on Tuesday, hosting Cazenovia in a non-conference doubleheader at the Jessup Youth Sports Complex. First pitch for game one is set for 4 p.m.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Monday, April 10
Men's golf – vs. King's & Wilkes, Wyoming Valley C.C., Hanover, Pa. (1 p.m.)

Tuesday, April 11
Baseball – vs. Wilkes (4 p.m.)
Softball – vs Cazenovia, DH (4 p.m.)
Women's tennis – vs. Marywood (4 p.m.)

Wednesday, April 12
Softball – vs. Hunter, DH (4 p.m.)

Thursday, April 13
Women's golf – at Wilkes, Huntsville Golf Club, Shavertown, Pa. (1 p.m.)
Softball – vs. Catholic, DH (1 p.m.)
Women's lacrosse – at Elizabethtown (4 p.m.)
Men's lacrosse – vs. Elizabethtown (7 p.m.)

Friday, April 14
Men's golf – Empire 8 Championships, third round, Hershey Country Club, Hershey, Pa.

Saturday, April 15
Men's golf – Empire 8 Championships, final round, Hershey Country Club, Hershey, Pa. 

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