Royal Review: April 10-16

Kailyn Angelo and the women's lacrosse team scored a key road win in Landmark Conference play last week.
Kailyn Angelo and the women's lacrosse team scored a key road win in Landmark Conference play last week.

Women's Lacrosse (8-3, 3-1 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team knocked off Elizabethtown on the road on Thursday in the team's lone match of the week, collecting a key 15-11 victory in come from behind fashion on the road.

In the win, the Royals rallied from an 8-4 halftime deficit, outscoring the host Blue Jays, 11-3, in the second half to race to a four-goal win on the road. Sophomore Kaitlyn Murphy (Somers, N.Y./North Salem) and junior Morgan Windisch (Williston Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Acad.) had hat tricks in the win, with Windisch adding two assists and Murphy recording one.

Sophomore Katie Rogers (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's) scored two goals and added three assists, while junior Kailyn Angelo (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) also scored twice with an assist. Sophomore Christine Olert (Katonah, N.Y./Somers) also posted a two goal, one assist match, as well.

On defense, freshman goalie Erin Putnam (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks South) made nine saves in net for the Royals, and Angelo notched a match-high 12 draw controls in the win.

The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team returns to action on Wednesday at Drew in another Landmark Conference road match. Things get underway at 7 p.m.

Baseball (10-14, 1-8 Landmark Conference)

The University of Scranton baseball team won its only game of the week, defeating Wilkes, 17-16, on Tuesday, April 11, at Connell Park.

The Royals overcame a three-run deficit over the final three innings by scoring twice in the 7th, once in the 8th and once in the 9th, the winning run coming on an RBI sacrifice fly by sophomore infielder Ian McIntosh (Newtown, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.).

The game featured a Landmark Conference record as Scranton freshman first baseman Kevin Haag (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining/Bridgton Academy) was hit by a pitch four times, which is a conference record, surpassing the previous record of three, which happened six times in the conference's first nine seasons. Haag finished the game with a single, four hit by pitches, a walk and three runs scored.

Scranton was led by junior designated hitter Chase Standen (Newtown Square, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep), who finished a double shy of a cycle. He had a three-run homer in the first and a two-run triple in the third en route to finishing 3-for-6 with five RBIs and two runs scored. Junior center fielder Tommy Trotter (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) finished with two hits, two runs and a stolen base.

Senior right-hander Sean McNamara (Scarsdale, N.Y./Fordham Prep) worked perfect 8th and 9th innings to pick up the win, his fourth of the season.

The Royals are back in action on Monday, April 17, when they travel to Annville, Pa. to take on Lebanon Valley in a non-conference game at 3:30 p.m.

Men's Golf (8-3)

The University of Scranton men's golf team had a busy week, splitting a pair of dual matches and competing in the final two rounds of the Empire 8 Conference Championship.

The Royals opened the week with a 298-324 loss to King's in a match played at Wyoming Valley Country Club in Hanover, Pa. on Monday, April 10. Scranton was led by sophomore Kyle Hayes (East Norwich, N.Y./Oyster Bay), who shot nine-over-par 80 on the par-71 layout.

A day later, the Royals defeated Marywood, 310-326, in a match played at Scranton Municipal Golf Course in Mount Cobb, Pa. Sophomore Erik Ridley (Allentown, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) took home medalist honors with an even-par 72, and freshman Patrick Budicini (Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield) added a 77 to pace the team.

On Friday and Saturday, the men's golf team had a solid showing in the final two rounds of the Empire 8 Conference Championship to finish the four-round event fourth, the seventh straight season the Royals have finished in the top four.

Senior Tyler Huggins (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) shot rounds of 77-83 to finish with a four-round total of 322, good for eighth place. His 77 on Friday was tied for the second-lowest round of the day. Sophomore Kyle Hayes (East Norwich, N.Y./Oyster Bay) shot 80-80 to finish the event at 326 and finish a spot behind Huggins in ninth. Huggins and Hayes both earned second-team all-conference honors with their finishes.

Junior David Harris (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) added a 76 in Saturday's final round, tied for the second-lowest round of the day. He finished the event at 334, the third-best score on the team.

The opening two rounds of the conference championship were played during the fall.

The men's golf team is back in action on Monday, April 17, when the Royals host Marywood and Keystone at 1 p.m. at Glenmaura National Golf Club.

Women's Golf (8-2)

The women's golf team went 2-1 during the week, all in match play. The Royals opened the week with a 5-0 loss to Marywood on Tuesday, April 11, at Scranton Municipal Golf Course in Mount Cobb, Pa.

The Royals rebounded two days later, defeating Wilkes, 5-0, and Misericordia, 3½-1½. Sophomore Maggie McDonough (Dunmore, Pa./Holy Cross) led the way with a pair of impressive victories, winning 9 & 8 against Wilkes and 9 & 7 against Misericordia. Her twin sister Maura McDonough (Dunmore, Pa./Holy Cross) was almost as impressive, winning 8 & 7 against Wilkes and 3 & 1 against Misericordia. Freshman Brianna Stein (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) was the other Royal to post two victories, winning 9 & 7 against Wilkes and 2-up against Misericordia.

The women's golf team is back in action on Monday, April 17, against Marywood at 1 p.m. at Glenmaura National Golf Club.

Men's Lacrosse (6-5, 2-2 Landmark)

The men's lacrosse team suffered a hard-fought 8-7 loss to Elizabethtown in the team's lone gameo of the week on Thursday, April 13, at Fitzpatrick Field.

The Royals trailed 4-0 at halftime, but rallied to tie the game at 6 early in the fourth period. Scranton was led by freshman midfielder Michael Elefonte (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon), who had three goals. Senior midfielder William Joyce (Bethesda, Md./St. John's), junior attackman Casey Green (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) and freshman midfielders Joe Hill (South Hempstead, N.Y./South Side) and Peter Roche (Chester, N.J./Mendham) had one goal each.

Scranton also held a dominant edge in the faceoff circle as junior midfielder Adam Drury (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) went 17-for-18. Drury and junior midfielder Conor Carey (Long Beach, N.Y./Chaminade), who had two assists, tied for the team lead with six ground balls each as the Royals held a slim 34-32 edge in that category.

The Royals return to action on Wednesday, April 19, when they host Drew in a Landmark Conference game at 7 p.m.

Softball (12-11, 2-6 Landmark Conference)

It was a busy week for The University of Scranton softball team, as the Royals went 4-2 in three straight doubleheaders played at the Jessup Youth Sports Complex Tuesday through Thursday.

First on Tuesday against Cazenovia, Scranton swept a doubleheader in non-conference action, taking game one, 5-1, before rolling in game two, 14-2, in five innings. In the first game of the afternoon, Scranton rallied from an early 1-0 deficit, putting Cazenovia away with a three-run bottom of the fourth inning that put the Royals up for good at 4-1.

The run support was all junior pitcher Morgan Rentzheimer (Laurys Station, Pa./Parkland) needed, as she collected her seventh win of the year after tossing six innings of shutout softball, allowing just three hits, while striking out 10.

Overall in game one, senior Shannon Stricker (Morrisville, Pa./Conwell-Egan) was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, while fellow senior Christine Kiefer (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) went 1-for-3 with an RBI double.

In the second game, Scranton get up early and never look back, as the Royals opened a 5-0 lead in the first inning, then added nine more runs in the second to go up 14-0 after two. Senior Kaitlin O'Sullivan (Bensalem, Pa./Nazareth Academy) roped a two-RBI single up the middle, her 100th career hit. O'Sullivan joins teammate and fellow senior Jacqueline DeSarro (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic) in joining the 100 career-hit club during the 2017 season, as DeSarro hit the mark last month.

It was more of the same for the Royals in another non-conference doubleheader sweep on Wednesday against Hunter, as Scranton won game one, 7-0, before rolling to a 12-4 win in game two in five innings. With the sweep, head coach Mia Collarini Wascura became the winningest coach in program history, collecting her 99th career victory in the second game of the afternoon.

In the first game, the Royals did all their damage in the fourth inning, scoring seven runs to take an insurmountable 7-0 lead into the later innings of the contest. Freshman Casey DeSarno (Wall Township, N.J./Wall), Rentzheimer, and senior Angelica Titor (Bellerose Village, N.Y./Floral Park Memorial) each had two hits in the game one victory. Rentzheimer also earned the win (moving to 8-4 overall) after tossing five innings of shutout softball, allowing just five hits, while striking out five.

The second game saw Scranton put away Hunter early in the contest, opening up a 6-0 lead in the first inning, then tacking on three runs in both the second and third innings to go up 12 after three full. O'Sullivan was 2-for-2 with three RBI in game two, while fellow senior Shannon Stricker (Morrisville, Pa./Conwell-Egan) was also 2-for-2 with an RBI, a run scored, and a triple.

In their final doubleheader of the week against Landmark Conference foe Catholic on Thursday, the Royals dropped a pair of games, first a 3-1 heartbreaker in extra innings in game one, then a 7-2 decision in game two.

The Royals return to action on Tuesday when they host Wilkes in a non-conference doubleheader in Jessup. The games, which will serve as the program's Strike Out Cancer games, begin at 5 p.m.

Women's Tennis (5-7, 2-1 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women's tennis team won its only match on the week, besting Marywood, 8-1, on Tuesday at home.

For the third consecutive match, Scranton started play with a clean sweep in doubles, taking all three matches contested to go up 3-0 entering singles. At number one, senior Emily Machado (Fishkill, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) and sophomore Emilia Jakubek (Honesdale, Pa./Scranton Prep) captured an 8-4 win, while at number two, freshman Nastashia DeNunzio (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) and sophomore Elyse Smilnak (Holidaysburg, Pa./Holidaysburg) took an 8-5 win. Scranton completed the doubles sweep with a win at number three, as the freshman duo of Katerina Ringes (Sandy Hook, Conn./Immaculate) and Emily Kelly (West Chester, Pa./B. Reed Henderson) coasted to an 8-1 win.

In singles action, Scranton continued its convincing play, taking five of the six matches contested. Doubling up on victories in singles were DeNunzio at number one (6-1, 6-2), Jakubek at number two (6-2, 6-1), Smilnak at four (6-3, 6-0) and Ringes at number six (6-2, 6-0). Freshman Sakira Fussner (Kempton, Pa./Kutztown Area) was Scranton's last winner of the day, taking a hard fought three-set decision at number five (2-6, 6-1, 11-9).

The University of Scranton women's tennis team returns to action on Wednesday, traveling to Drew for a Landmark Conference match on the road. Action gets underway at 4 p.m.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Monday, April 17
Men's golf – vs. Marywood & Keystone, Glenmaura National G.C. (1 p.m.)
Women's golf – vs. Marywood, Glenmaura National G.C. (1 p.m.)
Baseball – at Lebanon Valley (3:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, April 18
Men's golf – vs. King's, Glenmaura National G.C. (1 p.m.)
Baseball – vs. William Paterson, PNC Field, Moosic, Pa. (5 p.m.)
Softball – vs. Wilkes, DH (5 p.m.)

Wednesday, April 19
Men's tennis – at Drew (4 p.m.)
Women's tennis – at Drew (4 p.m.)
Baseball – vs. King's, PNC Field, Moosic, Pa. (7 p.m.)
Men's lacrosse – vs. Drew (7 p.m.)
Women's lacrosse – at Drew (7 p.m.)

Thursday, April 20
Men's tennis – at Moravian (4 p.m.)
Softball – vs. PSU-Hazleton, DH (5 p.m.)

Saturday, April 22
Baseball – vs. Drew, DH (1 p.m.)
Men's lacrosse – at Susquehanna (1 p.m.)
Women's lacrosse – vs. Susquehanna (1 p.m.)
Softball – at Drew, DH (1 p.m.)
Men's tennis – vs. Susquehanna (1 p.m.)
Women's tennis – vs. Susquehanna (1 p.m.)

Sunday, April 13
Baseball – vs. Drew, PNC Field, Moosic, Pa. (11 a.m.)
Baseball – vs. Misericordia, PNC Field, Moosic, Pa. (5 p.m.)
Softball – at Keystone, DH (1 p.m.)
Men's tennis – vs. Juniata (1 p.m.)
Women's tennis – vs. Juniata (1 p.m.)



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