Women's Indoor Track & Field
Sophomore Caroline Banas (Dallas, Pa./Holy Redeemer) became the first track & field All-American in school history when she finished seventh in the high jump at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships on Saturday, March 10, in Birmingham, Ala.
Banas cleared 1.68 meters (5 feet, 6 inches) for her best jump of the day, but could not match her season best of 1.71 (5 feet, 7.25 inches) meters in the next round. The day started well for Banas, who cleared the first three heights – 1.55, 1.60 and 1.65 meters – on her first try. At 1.68 meters, she missed twice before clearing the ball on her final attempt. She could not replicate that effort at 1.71 meters, which would have matched her career-best, which she set in the Marc Deneault Invitational at Cornell University on Feb. 17.
The track & field teams will begin their outdoor seasons in two weeks.
Women's Basketball (29-2)
The University of Scranton women's basketball team saw their outstanding season come to an end with a 66-54 loss to No. 5 Bowdoin in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Friday night in the Long Center.
The 10th-ranked Lady Royals led the Polar Bears after the first quarter, but Bowdoin used an 18-0 run in the second period to open up a 38-24 lead at halftime. Scranton battled back to within seven points early in the four quarter, but was unable to come any closer as the Polar Bears, who went on to advance to the Final Four with a win over Tufts on Saturday, snapped the Lady Royals' 23-game win streak.
Katie Feehery (Media, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara), who played her final game in a Scranton uniform along with fellow senior Katie Broderick (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield), led the Lady Royals with 15 points to end her career second all-time in program history in field goal percentage.
Junior Bridgette Mann (Canadensis, Pa./Wallenpaupack) added 13 points and a game-high five assists, sophomore Emily Sheehan (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) netted 11 points, and sophomore Makenzie Mason (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) collected a team-leading eight rebounds in the loss.
Men's Lacrosse (4-2)
The men's lacrosse team snapped a two-game losing streak with a 14-7 win at King's on Tuesday, March 6.
Junior attackman Tim Dolan (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) led the Royals' attack with four goals. Senior attackman Matt Carfaro (Long Valley, N.J./ West Morris) finished with two goals and two assists, and sophomore midfielders Michael Elefonte (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) and Joe Hill (South Hempstead, N.Y./South Side) both had two goals and an assist.
Junior midfielder Adam Maiale (Blue Bell, Pa./La Salle College H.S.) had a big game on the defensive end, finishing with nine caused turnovers and seven ground balls, both team highs. Freshman midfielder Matt Thermann (Spring Lake, N.J./Manasquan) went 15-for-20 in the faceoff circle and collected six ground balls.
The Royals return to action on Monday, March 12, when they face Hampden-Sydney on the road at 4 p.m.
Women's Lacrosse (2-3)
The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team dropped a pair of games last week, falling at #8 Ithaca on Thursday, 16-7, before suffering a 17-14 setback at Shenandoah on Saturday afternoon.
The Royals battled eighth-ranked Ithaca tightly on Thursday and were tied 7-7 at halftime before the Bombers netted nine unanswered goals in the second half to pull away with the victory. Junior Katie Rogers (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's) led Scranton with three goals, junior Elena Gallo (East Meadow, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) scored twice, and sophomore Kate Calabro (Seaford, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) added two assists for the Royals.
Sophomore Erin Putnam (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks South) made a career-high 15 saves in the loss to Ithaca.
On Saturday at Shenandoah, Rogers recorded a team-leading five points including the 100th of her career, but it wasn't enough as the Hornets held off the Royals for the victory.
Freshman Jill Henson (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) totaled four points on two goals and two assists while Calabro netted three goals and collected 13 draw controls, the third most in a single game in program history, in the setback at Shenandoah.
Scranton will next play at Piedmont on Wednesday evening starting at 5 p.m.
The baseball team opened its spring break trip to Fort Pierce, Fla. by going 2-1 over the weekend.
The Royals began the trip by sweeping a doubleheader from SUNY Maritime, 5-2 and 5-0, on Saturday, March 11. The wins were highlighted by a no-hitter by sophomore right Bobby Hegarty (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) in the second game. He allowed just two baserunners – one on an error and the other on a walk – before the game was shortened to five innings due to rain.
Hegarty's no-hitter is just the fourth on record in school history and the first since 1993.
In Saturday's opener, senior lefty Brian Markowski (Mountain Top, Pa./Crestwood) struck out nine over the first six innings to pick up the win. Freshman left fielder Connor Harding (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal Central) had two RBIs and junior third baseman Ian McIntosh (Newtown, Pa./La Salle College H.S.) singled, doubled and scored twice.
On Sunday, the Royals fell to Hood College, 12-6, in Fort Pierce. Harding singled twice, drove in three and scored a run, and senior second baseman Patrick Mergel (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic) doubled twice, drove in a run and scored a run.
The University of Scranton softball team went 2-2 to open its Spring Break trip over the weekend, defeating Delaware Valley and New England on Saturday before falling to St. Mary's (Ind.) and Transylvania on Sunday.
Senior Morgan Rentzheimer (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) tossed a complete game, two-hit shutout while striking out 10 batters to lead the Royals to a 6-0 victory over Delaware Valley in Saturday's season opener. Freshman Jennifer Sweeney (Dumont, N.J./Dumont), senior Kaitlyn Brogan (Oreland, Pa./Saint Basil Academy), and freshman Mackenzie Duffy (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Lackawanna Trail) had two hits apiece against the Aggies.
In a 7-3 win over New England, Sweeney hurled a complete game and allowed just one earned run while striking out five batters. Sophomore Megan Zinn (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) hit a two-run home run while Duffy and sophomore Casey DeSarno (Wall Township, N.J./Wall) added three hits apiece.
On Sunday, the Royals were held to just seven total hits in losses to St. Mary's and Transylvania, both of which were 3-1 setbacks. Brogan and Zinn had two hits apiece to lead Scranton while Rentzheimer and Sweeney twirled complete games in the circle.
The Royals continue their Spring Break trip on Monday with games against Ripon (9 a.m.) and Minnesota-Morris (11:30 a.m.)
Women's Tennis (7-2)
The University of Scranton women's tennis team opened the spring portion of its schedule with an 8-1 victory over Stevens on Sunday in Florida.
Senior Julia Frattaroli (Newtown, Conn./Newtown), sophomore Nastashia DeNunzio (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore), junior Emilia Jakubek (Honesdale, Pa./Scranton Prep), and freshman Tatiana Klacko (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep) were all two-match winners to lead the Royals past the Ducks.
Senior Katherine Loughlin (Binghamton, N.Y./Seton Catholic Central) and junior Elyse Smilnak (Hollidaysburg, Pa./Hollidaysburg) won at #3 doubles while freshman Lindsay Roberto (Princeton, N.J./Notre Dame) earned a win at #6 singles for Scranton.
The Royals continue their Spring Break trip this week beginning on Monday with a 7 p.m. match against Rennselaer.
This Week in University of Scranton Athletics
Monday, March 12
Softball – vs. Ripon, Clermont, Fla. (9 a.m.)
Baseball – vs. Messiah, Fort Pierce, Fla. (9 a.m.)
Softball – vs. Minnesota-Morris, Clermont, Fla. (11:30 a.m.)
Men's tennis – vs. Franciscan, Orlando, Fla. (3 p.m.)
Men's lacrosse – at Hampden-Syndey (4 p.m.)
Women's tennis – vs. Rensselaer, Orlando, Fla. (7 p.m.)
Tuesday, March 13
Men's tennis – vs. Colby-Sawyer, Orlando, Fla. (TBA)
Wednesday, March 14
Men's tennis – vs. Roger Williams, Orlando, Fla. (10 a.m.)
Baseball – vs. Kenyon, Fort Pierce, Fla. (10 a.m.)
Softball – vs. Concordia (Wisc.), Clermont, Fla. (2 p.m.)
Baseball – vs. Earlham, Fort Pierce, Fla. (2 p.m.)
Men's tennis – vs. Flagler, Orlando, Fla. (3 p.m.)
Men's lacrosse – vs. Morrisville State (4 p.m.)
Women's tennis – vs. Roger Williams, Orlando, Fla. (6:30 p.m.)
Softball – vs. MCLA, Clermont, Fla. (7 p.m.)
Thursday, March 15
Baseball – vs. Gettysburg, Fort Pierce, Fla. (10 a.m.)
Men's tennis – vs. Franklin & Marshall, Orlando, Fla. (11 a.m.)
Women's tennis – vs. Franklin & Marshall, Orlando, Fla. (11 a.m.)
Softball – vs. Fredonia, Clermont, Fla. (2 p.m.)
Softball – vs. UMass.-Boston, Clermont, Fla. (7 p.m.)
Saturday, March 17
Baseball – at Juniata, DH (12:30 p.m.)
Softball – vs. Juniata, DH (1 p.m.)
Sunday, March 18
Baseball – at Juniata (12 p.m.)