Royal Review: April 16-22

The University of Scranton men's lacrosse team was picked second in the 2019 Landmark Conference preseason coaches' poll.
The University of Scranton men's lacrosse team was picked second in the 2019 Landmark Conference preseason coaches' poll.

Men's Lacrosse (10-5, 4-2 Landmark)

The University of Scranton men's lacrosse team won a pair of Landmark Conference games to secure a playoff spot last week.

On Wednesday, April 18, the Royals clinched that playoff spot with a 10-6 victory at Drew. Scranton raced out to a 6-2 lead at halftime and 9-3 after three periods before the Rangers narrowed the gap in the fourth period. Sophomore attackman Connor Kirkwood (Millburn, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) led the Royals with three goals, giving him 42 for the season, two shy of matching the Royals' single-season mark of 44.

On Saturday, April 21, Scranton knocked off first-place Susquehanna, 9-8, on Senior Day at Fitzpatrick Field. Freshman Brian Dignen (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) scored the game-winning goal with 5:50 to play. Freshman midfielder Daniel Mallay (South Hempstead, N.Y./South Side) led the Scranton attack with two goals and an assist.

The Royals will wrap up regular season play on Saturday, April 28, when they visit Montclair, N.J. to take on Montclair State in a non-conference game at 7 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse (9-6, 5-1 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team secured the #2 seed in the upcoming Landmark Conference playoffs with a pair of victories last week.  The Royals defeated Drew on Wednesday, 17-7 before earning a 16-9 triumph at Susquehanna on Saturday.

In Wednesday's victory over the Rangers, freshman Jill Henson (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) totaled a game-high six points on three goals and three assists to lead Scranton while freshman Bridget Lalley (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) and junior Kaitlyn Murphy (Somers, N.Y./North Salem) recorded four points apiece.

The Royals secured the #2 seed and a home Landmark Conference semifinal game with Saturday's win over the River Hawks.  Sophomore Shannon Warburton (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) paced Scranton's attack with three goals and two assists while Henson scored twice and had two helpers.

Sophomore goalkeeper Erin Putnam (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks South) and freshman netminder Lauren Devlin (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) combined for 14 saves on the week while sophomore Kate Calabro (Seaford, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) collected 17 draw controls in the Royals' two wins.

Scranton will host Cabrini in a non-conference game on Tuesday starting at 7 p.m. on Fitzpatrick Field.

Softball (24-6, 8-2 Landmark)

The University of Scranton softball team went 5-1 last week, sweeping doubleheaders from Keystone and Drew while splitting a pair of games with Marywood as the Royals hosted a Strikeout Cancer game with the Pacers.

Scranton's doubleheader sweep of Drew on Saturday secured a berth in the Landmark Conference playoffs.  The Royals also honored seniors Kaitlyn Brogan (Oreland, Pa./Saint Basil Academy) and Morgan Rentzheimer (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) on Saturday.

Playing through snow showers on Monday at Magis Field, the Royals outscoring Keystone 18-3 in a pair of six inning victories.  On Wednesday, Scranton bounced back from a 7-4 loss in the opener against Marywood to win the nightcap 9-0 in five innings before getting late timely hits in 2-0 and 5-4 wins over Drew on Saturday.

Rentzheimer and freshman Jennifer Sweeney (Dumont, N.J./Dumont) won two games apiece in the circle for the Royals with Sweeney also collecting team-highs of 10 hits, nine RBI, and three home runs.

Rentzheimer and freshman Meaghan Dowdell (Old Bridge, N.J./Old Bridge) delivered game-winning hits in Saturday's wins over Drew.

Scranton will host King's on Monday in a non-conference doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. at Magis Field.

Baseball (14-13, 6-4 Landmark)

The baseball team went 4-2 during the week, including sweeping a three-game Landmark Conference series over the weekend.

The Royals' week began with a 14-11 loss at William Paterson on Tuesday, April 17. Sophomore shortstop Travis Adams (Clark, N.J./St. Joseph's-Metuchen) led the Scranton offense with three singles, two runs, an RBI and a stolen base. Sophomore designated hitter Kevin Haag (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining/Bridgton Academy) doubled, singled twice, drove in a run and scored a run. Sophomore left fielder Brandon Peters (Peckville, Pa./Valley View) also had a grand slam in the game.

On Wednesday, April 18, the Royals dropped a 7-4 decision against Widener. Scranton hit its first two homers at Volpe Field, as senior center fielder Tommy Trotter (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) led off the bottom of the first with a solo shot and Peters had a two-run shot in the sixth for his second round-tripper in as many days.

On Friday, April 20, Scranton knocked off Marywood, 14-6, at Volpe Field. Trotter finished the game 3-for-4 with a triple, three RBIs, three runs, two walks and four stolen bases. Freshman righty Matthew Yard (Wall Township, N.J./Wall) earned his first career win with 3 2/3 scoreless, hitless innings of relief.

On Saturday, the Royals swept a Landmark doubleheader at Drew, winning both games 6-4. Junior righty Bryan Carmon (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central) earned the save in both games by working out of bases-loaded jams in the final inning both times. Trotter finished the day with three hits, including the 200th of his career.

On Sunday, the Royals completed the three-game sweep with a 14-6 win at Drew. Freshman left fielder Connor Harding (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal Central) led the offense with four hits, including a double, with three RBIs and two runs. Trotter and senior right fielder Chase Standen (Newtown Square, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) both homered in the win.

The baseball team is back in action on Tuesday, April 24, when the Royals play a Landmark Conference doubleheader at Elizabethtown at 12:30 p.m.

Women's Tennis (16-3, 7-0 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women's tennis team won three matches last week to wrap up the regular season with a 16-3 overall record including a perfect 7-0 mark in Landmark Conference play.  The Royals will be the top seed in the Landmark Conference playoffs and will enjoy home court advantage in the postseason tournament.

Scranton defeated Drew on Wednesday, 6-3, Susquehanna on Saturday, 8-1, and Juniata on Sunday, 8-1.

Junior Emilia Jakubek (Honesdale, Pa./Scranton Prep) won all six matches in which she played on the week to lead the Royals, who received five wins apiece from senior Julia Frattaroli (Newtown, Conn./Newtown) sophomore Nastashia DeNunzio (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore), and freshman Tatiana Klacko (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep).

Scranton will host a Landmark Conference semifinal match on Tuesday, May 1 at 4 p.m. against an opponent yet to be determined at the Royal Courts.

Men's Tennis (11-3, 6-1)

The University of Scranton men's tennis team clinched the #2 seed in the Landmark Conference playoffs by posting three wins over conference opponents last week.  The Royals will host a Landmark Conference semifinal against Juniata on Wednesday, May 2 at 3 p.m. at the Royal Courts.

Scranton defeated Drew 7-2 on Wednesday, topped Susquehanna 9-0 on Saturday, and closed the week with an 8-1 triumph over Juniata on Sunday.

Juniors Brian Harkins (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield) and Charles Swope (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) won all six of their matches to lead the Royals while senior Keller McGurrin (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep) won five matches on the week.

Scranton will close out the regular season with a non-conference match on Tuesday against Clarks Summit starting at 4:00 p.m. on the Royal Courts.

Women's Track & Field

Sophomore Caroline Banas (Dallas, Pa./Holy Redeemer) of The University of Scranton women's track & field team cleared 1.58 meters to win the high jump in the All-American Meet at East Stroudsburg University on Saturday.

Banas was one of seven competitors to clear that height (5 feet, 2.25 inches), but was the only one to do it without a single miss along the way. All seven failed on their three attempts at 1.63 meters.

The women's track & field team competes in its final regular season outdoor event on Saturday, April 28, when the Royals take part in the Monarch Open at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Men's Track & Field

Sophomores Maxwell Greene (Brewster, N.Y./Brewster) and Eric Bartlett (Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) both had seventh-place finishes to lead The University of Scranton men's track & field team on Saturday at the All-American Meet at East Stroudsburg University.

Greene was seventh among 16 runners in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:27.70. Bartlett had his seventh-place finish among 19 runners in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:04.20.

The men's track & field team will take part in its final regular season outdoor meet on Saturday, April 28, when the Royals compete in the Monarch Open at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Men's Golf (11-1)

The University of Scranton men's golf team posted a pair of wins in a tri-match against King's and Marywood on Wednesday, April 18, at Glenmaura National Golf Club.

Junior Erik Ridley (Allentown, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) led the Royals with a 5-over-par 76. Senior Michael Boland (Dallas, Pa./Holy Redeemer) added an 80 in the event, in which the Royals beat King's, 314-332, and Marywood, 314-320.

Ridley was also the low player for Scranton in the first round of the Glenmaura National Collegiate Invitational on Sunday, April 22, shooting an 81. The Royals were in eighth place heading into Monday's second and final round.

Women's Golf (4-5)

The University of Scranton women's golf team suffered a narrow 3-2 loss in a match play event against Marywood on Saturday at Scranton Municipal Golf Course.

The Royals got a 6&4 victory from junior Maggie McDonough (Dunmore, Pa./Holy Cross) at no. 5. Her sister, junior Maura McDonough (Dunmore, Pa./Holy Cross) halved her match at no. 2, as did freshman Catherine Shin (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) at no. 4.

The women's golf team will be back in action on Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, when the Royals compete in the Landmark Conference Championships at Susquehanna Valley Country Club in Selinsgrove, Pa. 

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Monday, April 23
Men's golf – Glenmaura National Collegiate Invitational, final round (9 a.m.)
Softball – vs. King's, DH (4 p.m.)

Tuesday, April 24
Baseball – at Elizabethtown, DH (12:30 p.m.)
Men's tennis – vs. Clarks Summit (4 p.m.)
Softball – at Wilkes (5 p.m.)
Women's lacrosse – vs. Cabrini (7 p.m.)

Wednesday, April 25
Baseball – vs. Misericordia (5 p.m.)

Thursday, April 26
Softball – vs. Muhlenberg, DH (4 p.m.)

Saturday, April 28
Men's track & field – at Monarch Open, King's College (9:30 a.m.)
Women's track & field – at Monarch Open, King's College (9:30 a.m.)
Women's golf – at Landmark Conference Championships, Susquehanna Valley C.C. (10:30 a.m.)
Baseball – vs. Moravian, DH (12:30 p.m.)
Softball – at Moravian, DH (1 p.m.)
Women's lacrosse – vs. Juniata (1 p.m.)
Men's lacrosse – at Montclair State (7 p.m.)

Sunday, April 29
Women's golf – at Landmark Conference Championships, Susquehanna Valley C.C. (10:30 a.m.)
Baseball – vs. Moravian (1 p.m.)
Softball – vs. DeSales, DH (2 p.m.)


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