Royal Review: January 29 - February 4

Senior Katie Feehery scored in double-figures in both games as the women's basketball team won twice last week.
Senior Katie Feehery scored in double-figures in both games as the women's basketball team won twice last week.

Women's Basketball (20-1, 9-1)

The University of Scranton women's basketball team extended its winning streak to 15 games by winning a pair of Landmark Conference matchups last week.

For the second time this season, the Lady Royals needed overtime to defeat Moravian, topping the Greyhounds 75-70 on Wednesday on the road. Scranton trailed 65-61 with 2:15 remaining in overtime before Katie Broderick (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield) drained back-to-back three-pointers to start a decisive 12-0 run that gave the Lady Royals the victory. Bridgette Mann (Canadensis, Pa./Wallenpaupack) paced Scranton with 20 points and eight rebounds while Katie Feehery (Media, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) added 14 points in the victory over the Greyhounds.

On Saturday, the Lady Royals used a strong defensive effort to avenge their only loss of the season by defeating Juniata 62-45 in the Long Center.  Scranton built a 50-24 advantage over the first three quarters to cruise past the Eagles as Feehery posted a double-double on team-highs of 13 points and 11 rebounds.  Makenzie Mason (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) added 12 points, Mann had 11 points, and Emily Sheehan (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) totaled 10 points in the win.

The women's basketball team will be back in action on Wednesday evening as it welcomes Drew to the Long Center for a Landmark Conference matchup starting at 7 p.m.

Men's Basketball (10-11, 6-4 Landmark)

The men's basketball team dropped a pair of Landmark Conference games last week and is now tied for fourth in the conference playoff race with four games remaining. The top four teams qualify for the postseason.

The Royals' week began with an 89-64 loss to Moravian on Wednesday in the Long Center. The Royals trailed by five at halftime, but could not slow the hot-shooting Greyhounds, who were 13-for-26 from 3-point range.

Senior forward Drew Schankweiler (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg) led the Royals with 19 points and nine rebounds, and senior guard Mitch Cross (Marriottsville, Md./Loyola-Blakefield) and sophomore forward Matthew Mancuso (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) both had 12 points.

Prior to tip-off, Schankweiler and fellow senior Ethan Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights) were honored by head coach Carl Danzig as co-recipients of the John "Les" Dickman Award, which is presented annually to the team's most valuable player.

On Saturday, the Royals lost a nip-and-tuck battle with Juniata, 74-71, when the Royals' last-second 3-pointer was off the mark. Schankweiler again led the Royals with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Mancuso also had 18 points, sophomore guard Kyle DeVerna (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) finished with 12, and Danzig added 11.

Prior to Saturday's game, The University of Scranton honored the Royals' five seniors -- Schankweiler, Danzig, Cross, guard Kevin Doolan (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) and guard Chris McCullough (Harborfields, N.Y./Greenlawn) -- as part of Senior Day ceremonies.

The Royals will be back in action on Wednesday, Feb. 7, when they travel to Madison, N.J. to take on Drew at 7 p.m.

Women's Indoor Track & Field

Seven student-athletes on The University of Scranton women's track & field team earned top-20 finishes at the Susquehanna University Challenge on Saturday.

The Royals were again led by sophomore Caroline Banas (Dallas, Pa./Holy Redeemer), who finished second in the high jump, clearing a season-best 1.67 meters. Banas is now tied for the fifth-best effort in NCAA Division III this season.

Scranton also received a ninth-place finish from freshman Abigail Corrigan (Carbondale, Pa./Holy Cross) in the mile while sophomore Emily Burns (Middletown, N.J./Middletown South) was also 18th in the mile. Freshman Abigail Guziewicz (Peckville, Pa./Holy Cross) finished 17th in the 3,000-meter run and junior Emily Carr (Elmhurst, Pa./Scranton Prep) was two spots back in 19th.

Sophomore Nora Boussatta (Bloomfield, N.J./Bloomfield) was 18th in the 800-meter run. And sophomore Michaela Farrell (Kirkwood, N.Y./Seton Catholic Central) was 19th in the 400-meter run.

The women's track & field team will be back in action on Feb. 17 when they compete in the Marc Deneault Invitational at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

Men's Indoor Track & Field

Three members of the men's track & field team had top-10 finishes on Saturday at the Susquehanna University Challenge in Selinsgrove, Pa.

Senior Kyle Robbins (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) finished fifth in the triple jump and junior Mark Merli (Peckville, Pa./Valley View) was eighth in the same event. Sophomore Keyser Leepier (Scranton, Pa./Scranton) tied for eighth in the long jump.

The men's track & field team will be back in action on Feb. 17 when they compete in the Marc Deneault Invitational at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.


Junior Daniel D'Agostini (Allentown, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) and sophomore Keegan Connelly (Schnecksville, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) both had fourth-place finishes while competing in the Messiah Open on Saturday at Messiah College.

D'Agostini earned his fourth-place finish at 197 pounds while Connelly was fourth at 285. They were the only Royals to compete in the event.

The wrestling team will be back in action on Friday, Feb. 16, when the Royals travel to Wilkes-Barre, Pa. to take on Wilkes University at 7 p.m.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

 Wednesday, Feb. 7
Men's basketball -- at Drew (7 p.m.)
Women's basketball -- vs. Drew (7 p.m.)

Saturday, Feb. 10
Men's basketball -- vs. Catholic (1 p.m.)
Wall of Fame Induction -- John Long Center (2:40 p.m.)
Women's basketball -- vs. Catholic (3:30 p.m.) 


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