It was an historic week for the men's and women's basketball teams, which reached 2,500 combined victories between the two programs, making The University of Scranton only the second NCAA Division III institution to reach that lofty milestone, joining St. Thomas (Minn.), which reached 2,500 wins earlier this season.
The historic win came on Saturday, Nov. 27, when the men's basketball team defeated Elizabethtown, 73-64, on the road. When the Lady Royals followed with their own win over Elizabethtown, 46-44, it gave Scranton 2,501 total victories in basketball.
Men's Basketball (10-9, 6-2 Landmark)
The men's basketball team had a pair of victories last week, which moved the Royals into second place in the Landmark Conference with six games remaining.
The Royals opened the week with a come-from-behind 84-73 win over Drew in the Long Center on Wednesday, Jan. 24. Scranton trailed by 11 early in the second half, but rallied behind senior guard Ethan Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights), who scored a season-high 30 points. Senior forward Drew Schankweiler (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg) finished with 13 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, senior guard Mitch Cross (Marriottsville, Md./Loyola-Blakefield) had 14 points, sophomore guard Kyle DeVerna (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) had 12 points and a career-high seven assists, and sophomore forward Matthew Mancuso (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) had 10 points and eight boards.
On Saturday, Jan. 27, the Royals moved into second place with a 73-64 win at Elizabethtown. Danzig again led the way with 19 points, Mancuso finished with 13 points, senior guard Kevin Doolan (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) had 12 and DeVerna added 11.
The men's basketball team will be back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 31, when they host Moravian in a Landmark Conference game at 7 p.m. in the Long Center.
Women's Basketball (16-1, 5-1)
The University of Scranton women's basketball team remained hot, pushing its winning streak to 13 games with a pair of Landmark Conference victories on the road while moving into sole possession of first place in the conference standings.
On Wednesday at Drew, the Lady Royals used strong defense in the opening 20 minutes of play to build a 33-16 halftime lead before going on to secure a 64-51 victory. Bridgette Mann (Canadensis, Pa./Wallenpaupack) scored a game-high 19 points while Taylor Rodriguez (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) sparked the team with a career-high 15 points off the bench, going 5-6 from the field and connected on all four of her attempts from three-point range.
Scranton battled to a hard-fought, 46-44 victory on Saturday at Elizabethtown as Makenzie Mason (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) scored the game-winning basket with 0.6 seconds left in regulation. Mason tied for a game-high with 13 points while Emily Sheehan (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) added eight points in the win.
The women's basketball team will wrap up a four-game road swing on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at Moravian before returning home on Saturday to host Juniata, which dealt the Lady Royals their only loss this season, starting at 1 p.m. in the Long Center.
The wrestling team went on the road and picked up a 27-6 victory at Muhlenberg on Friday, Jan. 26.
Sophomore Nicholas Ciaccia (Freehold, N.J./Howell) picked up his 15th pin of the season at 141 pounds to spark the victory. Freshman Patrick Deacon (Glenside, Pa./La Salle College H.S.) clinched the victory with his 11-7 decision at 184 pounds. Junior Daniel D'Agostini (Allentown, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) was victorious in his hometown with a 12-11 decision at 197 pounds for his 60th career win.
The wrestling team will be back in action on Friday, Feb. 16, when the Royals take on Wilkes University at 7 p.m. in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Women's Swimming & Diving (11-1)
The University of Scranton women's swimming & diving team celebrated its Senior & Alumni Day on Saturday, but suffered its first setback of the season, falling to Susquehanna, 161-101.
Lauren Byrne (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) won three individual events (100 breaststroke, 200 backstroke, and 200 IM) and set a school record in the 100 breaststroke to highlight performances by the Royals against the River Hawks.
Claire Mason (Livingston, N.J./Mt. St. Dominic Academy) also earned a win for Scranton, finishing first in the 200 breaststroke).
Prior to Saturday's meet, the Royals honored the team's seven seniors: Alex Koutsoubis (Monroe Township, N.J./Red Bank Catholic), Kelly Lappin (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield), Maeve Potter (Rye, N.Y./School of the Holy Child), Kara Truskolawski (Kearny, N.J./High Technical), Rebecca Wagner (Maspeth, N.Y./Archbishop Molloy), Raquel Wasserman (Pound Ridge, N.Y./The Fox Lane) and Erica Westlake (West Chester, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame).
The University of Scranton's women's swimming & diving team will next compete in the Landmark Conference Championships which will be held Fri.-Sun., Feb. 16-18, in Germantown, Md.
Men's Swimming & Diving (8-4)
The University of Scranton men's swimming & diving team dropped its final meet of the regular season on Saturday against Susquehanna, falling to the River Hawks 148-114 on the Royals' Senior and Alumni Day.
Prior to Saturday's meet, the Royals honored the team's six seniors: Patrick Blaser (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West), Nicholas Denniston (Lords Valley, Pa./Wallenpaupack Area), Richard Endico (Peekskill, N.Y./Walter Panas), P.J. Ganley (East Williston, N.Y./Chaminade), Michael Twardy (Annandale, N.J./North Hunterdon), and Joseph Vannucci (Swarthmore, Pa./Ridley).
Blaser would go on to help the Royals post a pool record in the 200 meter relay as the senior, along with Michael Ramsthaler (Florham Park, N.J./Seton Hall Prep), Timothy Quigley (Hatboro, Pa./Archbishop Wood), and Brayan Winiarz (Long Pond, Pa./Evergreen Community) won the event by finishing in 1:37.62.
Blaser (100 breaststroke), John Fimmano (Southbury, Conn./Pomperaug) (200 butterfly), and Chris Whalen (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) (100 butterfly) also won individual events for the Royals against Susquehanna.
The University of Scranton's men's swimming & diving team will return to action at the Landmark Conference Championships on Fri.-Sun., Feb. 16-18, in Germantown, Md.
Women's Indoor Track & Field
Competing against a mix of NCAA Division I, II and III student-athletes, sophomore Caroline Banas (Dallas, Pa./Holy Redeemer) outjumped the competition to win the high jump at the John Covert Classic at Lehigh University on Saturday.
Banas was the lone competitor to clear 1.65 meters, which she accomplished in her first attempt. Banas has now won the high jump in both of Scranton's events in the squad's first season of indoor track & field.
The Royals also received four other top-25 finishes in the non-team scoring event. Freshman Abigail Corrigan (Carbondale, Pa./Holy Cross) led that group by finishing 13th in the mile. Fellow freshman Abigail Guziewicz (Peckville, Pa./Holy Cross) was 19th in the 3,000 meters. Sophomore Sophie Evans (Scranton, Pa./West Scranton) finished 23rd in the 60 meters, and sophomore Nora Boussatta (Bloomfield, N.J./Bloomfield) was 24th in the 800 meters in a time of 2:36.36.
The women's track & field team will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Susquehanna University Challenge in Selinsgrove, Pa. Competition begins at 10 a.m.
Men's Indoor Track & Field
The University of Scranton men's track & field team was back in action on Saturday at the John Covert Classic at Lehigh University, the team's first competition since Dec. 2. Competing against a mix of student-athletes from NCAA Division I, II and III, the Royals had four top-25 individual finishes in the non-team scoring event.
Junior Mark Merli (Peckville, Pa./Valley View) led the team with a 15th-place finish in the long jump. Freshman Dylan Weybrecht (Bear Creek Twp., Pa./Holy Redeemer) added a 19th-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles. The Royals also received a 23rd place from senior Kyle Robbins (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) in the long jump, and freshman Matt Kinback (Factoryville, Pa./Lackawanna Trail) was 25th in the 800 meters with a time of 2:05.40.
The men's track & field team will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 3, when the Royals compete at the Susquehanna University Challenge beginning at 10 a.m. in Selinsgrove, Pa.
This Week in University of Scranton Athletics
Wednesday, Jan. 31
Men's basketball – vs. Moravian (7 p.m.)
Women's basketball – at Moravian (7 p.m.)
Saturday, Feb. 3
Men's track & field – at Susquehanna University Challenge (10 a.m.)
Women's track & field – at Susquehanna University Challenge (10 a.m.)
Men's basketball – vs. Juniata, Senior Day (2 p.m.)
Women's basketball – vs. Juniata (4 p.m.)