Royal Review: Jan. 8-14

Senior guard Ethan Danzig scored the 1,000th point of his career in the Royals' win over Susquehanna on Wednesday, Jan. 10.
Senior guard Ethan Danzig scored the 1,000th point of his career in the Royals' win over Susquehanna on Wednesday, Jan. 10.

Men's Basketball (7-8, 3-1 Landmark)

The University of Scranton men's basketball team won twice during the week, extending its winning streak to five and improving to 3-1 in conference play.

On Wednesday, Jan. 10, the Royals knocked off Susquehanna, 84-73, in the Long Center. Senior guard Ethan Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights) had 20 points, including the 1,000th of his career. He became the 43rd player in program history to reach that milestone.

Senior forward Drew Schankweiler (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg) finished with 18 points and eight rebounds, senior guard Mitch Cross (Marriottsville, Md./Loyola-Blakefield) had 13 points, and senior guard Kevin Doolan (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) and sophomore guard Kyle DeVerna (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) both had 12 points.

On Saturday, Scranton continued its winning ways by thumping Goucher, 96-72, in the Long Center. Sophomore forward Matthew Mancuso (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) scored a career-high 24 points and Danzig hit seven 3-pointers on his way to 23 points. Schankweiler also had a double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds.

The Royals will be back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 17, when they travel to Bethlehem, Pa. to take on Moravian in a Landmark Conference game at 7 p.m.

Women's Basketball (14-1, 3-1 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women's basketball team also stayed hot, winning twice to push its winning streak to nine. 

The Lady Royals began the week with a hard-fought 49-43 win at Susquehanna on Wednesday, Jan. 10. Sophomore center Sofia Recupero (Whitestone, N.Y./Saint Francis Prep) had a team-high 12 points and nine rebounds, and senior center Katie Feehery (Media, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) and junior guard Bridgette Mann (Canadensis, Pa./Wallenpaupack) both had 10.

On Saturday, Scranton cruised to a 66-41 win over Goucher in the Long Center. Feehery had a team-high 14 points, Recupero finished with 12, and freshman guard Josie Barrett (Ambler, Pa./Upper Dublin) finished with nine.

The women's basketball team is back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 17, when the Lady Royals host Moravian in a Landmark Conference game at 7 p.m.

Women's Swimming & Diving (7-0)

The University of Scranton women's swimming team returned from a layoff of more than a month and showed no signs of rust, winning all 14 events en route to a 230.5-47.5 win at Elizabethtown on Saturday afternoon.

Ten different Royals won individual events as the team finished 1-2 in 11 different events in its first meet since Dec. 2. Junior Susannah Ilseman (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central) was was one of two swimmers to win two individual events, taking the 50 freestyle in :29.26 and the 500 freestyle in 5:54.35. Freshman Lauren Byrne (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) also won twice, capturing the 200 freestyle in 2:02.75 and the 100 butterfly in 1:02.81.

The duo also each swam on a winning relay team, as Ilseman teamed with her twin sister, junior Emma Ilseman (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central), junior Lucy Fulton (Wayne, Pa./Radnor) and sophomore Elizabeth Howlin (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:45.46.

Byrne joined junior Susan Neggia (Fair Lawn, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy), Howlin and Emma Ilseman to win the 200 medley relay in 1:56.54.

The University of Scranton women's swimming & diving team will be in action twice this week. On Friday, the Royals will travel across town to take on Marywood and Misericordia at 5 p.m. On Saturday, they will visit Madison, N.J. to take on Drew at 1 p.m.

Men's Swimming & Diving (5-3)

The University of Scranton returned to the pool for the first time since December 2 with a convincing 160-91 victory over host Elizabethtown College on Saturday afternoon.  The Royals won the first six events to pull away from the Blue Jays to improve to 5-3 on the season.

Matthew Mills (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) paced Scranton with a pair of individual wins, finishing first in the 100-yard breaststroke with a mark of 1:01.89 before leading the field in the 400-yard individual medley by posting a time of 4:28.78.

Scranton will make the short trip to Marywood University on Friday night to take on the host Pacers along with Misericordia University starting at 5 p.m.

Wrestling (6-3)

The University of Scranton dropped a dual match at Elizabethtown, falling 29-21, on Thursday, Jan. 11. The Royals led, 21-14, but the Blue Jays won the final three matches, including the decisive match at 285 pounds in three overtime periods.

The Royals fell in a quick 10-0 hole after two matches before sophomore Nicholas Ciaccia (Freehold, N.J./Howell)won by injury default at 141 pounds and sophomore T.J. Conlon (Long Branch, N.J./Long Branch) followed with a pin in 4:28 at 149 pounds for a 12-10 lead.

Elizabethtown picked up a major decision at 157 pounds to regain the lead at 14-12. But Scranton junior Kevin Merle (Stroudsburg, Pa./Belvidere) picked up a second-period pin in 4:56 at 165 pounds, and senior Zachary D'Apolito (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Valley Senior) pulled out a 5-4 decision at 174 for the 21-14 lead before the Blue Jays rallied at the end.

The wrestling team will be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 20, when the Royals host Keystone and Mt. St. Vincent beginning at 10 a.m. in the Long Center.

This Week In University of Scranton Athletics 

Wednesday, Jan. 17
Men's basketball -- at Moravian (7 p.m.)
Women's basketball -- vs. Moravian (7 p.m.) 

Friday, Jan. 19
Men's swimming & diving -- at Marywood w/Misericordia (5 p.m.)
Women's swimming & diving -- at Marywood w/Misericordia (5 p.m.) 

Saturday, Jan. 20
Wrestling -- vs. Keystone & Mt. St. Vincent (10 a.m.)
Men's swimming & diving -- at Drew (1 p.m.)
Women's swimming & diving -- at Drew (1 p.m.)
Men's basketball -- at Catholic (2 p.m.)
Women's basketball -- at Catholic (4 p.m.)





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