Royal Review: April 30-May 6

Senior Michael Boland became the fourth Royal in school history to win a conference championship in men's golf when he won the Landmark Conference title on Sunday.
Senior Michael Boland became the fourth Royal in school history to win a conference championship in men's golf when he won the Landmark Conference title on Sunday.

Men's Golf (11-1)

Senior Michael Boland (Dallas, Pa./Holy Redeemer) captured the individual title at the Landmark Conference Men's Golf Championships on Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6, at Glenmaura National Golf Club in Moosic, Pa.

Boland shot a two-round total of 78-78 -- 156 on the par-71 layout to become the fourth golfer in school history to win a conference championship. He joins his head coach, Ed Karpovich, who won Middle Atlantic Conference titles in 1974 and 1976, Will Carey (1988) and J.T. Yarem (2005) as Royals to win a conference title.

Freshman Thomas McAuliffe (Reiserstown, Md./Loyola-Blakefield) finished second after carding 80-78 -- 158 to earn Rookie of the Year honors.

Scranton finished second with a two-day total of 652, three shots behind Goucher, which won the title with 649.

Women's Tennis (18-3)

The University of Scranton women's tennis team won its first Landmark Conference championship since 2014 and fourth overall by defeating Catholic on Saturday at the Royal Courts, 5-1.  Scranton also claimed an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with the victory over the Cardinals.

Senior Julia Frattaroli (Newtown, Conn./Newtown) was named the championship MVP after leading the Royals to the title.

Scranton advanced to the championship contest with a 5-0 victory over Elizabethtown on Tuesday.  The Royals swept doubles play before junior Elyse Smilnak (Hollidaysburg, Pa./Hollidaysburg) and freshman Tatiana Klacko (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep) won their second matches of the day in singles action to clinch the match for Scranton.

In Saturday's championship match, the Royals again swept the three doubles matches and received wins from Klacko and freshman Lindsay Roberto (Princeton, N.J./Notre Dame) in singles action to secure the title.

Scranton will open the NCAA Tournament on Thursday against Gwynedd Mercy at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.

Women's Track & Field

Sophomore Caroline Banas (Dallas, Pa./Holy Redeemer) continued her standout season with the women's track & field team, winning the high jump at the Landmark Conference Outdoor Championships on Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6.

Banas won with a jump of 1.62 meters, giving her the gold in both the indoor and outdoor championships in the event. Banas entered the weekend ranked 10th in the country in the high jump and is expected to qualify for the NCAA Division III Championships on May 24-26.

The Royals had eight other finishes on the podium on the weekend. Freshman Emily Way (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) was the team's other top finisher with a second place in the 400-meter hurdles, and Banas had a second top-8 finished with a sixth in the long jump.

Men's Track & Field

The University of Scranton men's track & field competed in the Landmark Conference Outdoor Championships on Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6, at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pa.

Freshman David Gerace (Pitman, N.J./Pitman) became the University's first conference champion in men's track & field when he won the discus with a throw of 41.96 meters on his final attempt.

Scranton had five other podium finishes on the weekend, including two by senior Kyle Robbins (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor), who finished sixth in the long jump and the 100-meter dash.

Baseball (20-19, 11-7 Landmark)

The University of Scranton baseball team completed its regular season by going 3-3 during the week.

On Monday, April 30, the Royals posted a 13-3 win over Lebanon Valley at Volpe Field. Sophomore infielder Brandon Peters (Peckville, Pa./Valley View) tripled, doubled twice, scored three times and drove in two runs to lead the way.

A day later, the Royals suffered a 16-14 loss to Stevens at Volpe Field. Freshman left fielder Connor Harding (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) had three hits, two runs, an RBI and a stolen base to lead Scranton. Junior first baseman Ian McIntosh (Newtown, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.) had a two-run homer in the fifth and finished with three RBIs.

On Thursday, May 3, Scranton dropped a 9-4 decision to Keystone at Volpe Field. Senior outfielder Sean Haveron (Old Tappan, N.J./Northern Valley Regional) finished with a single, double and a run scored.

On Saturday, May 5, the Royals swept a Landmark Conference doubleheader against Susquehanna, winning 3-2 and 6-5 in 10 innings. In the first game, senior Chase Standen (Newtown Square, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) came off the bench to deliver a pinch-hit, game-winning double in the bottom of the seventh. In the second game, senior center fielder Tommy Trotter (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) ripped a walk-off double in the bottom of the 10th for the victory.

In the second game, Trotter collected the 214th hit of his career, setting a new Landmark Conference record for career hits. He enters this week's playoffs with 216 carer hits.

On Sunday, the Royals completed their regular season with a 4-2 loss to Susquehanna. Harding singled twice and scored a base, and McIntosh doubled in the loss.

Scranton will host the Landmark Conference Championship on Friday through Sunday, May 11-13, at Volpe Field. The Royals are the no. 3 seed and will face second-seeded Elizabethtown on Friday at 7 p.m. in the double-elimination event.

Men's Lacrosse (10-7)

The University of Scranton men's lacrosse team's season came to an end after a 13-7 loss to Susquehanna in a Landmark Conference semifinal on Wednesday, May 2.

Junior attackman Tim Dolan (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) led the Royals' attack with three goals and an assist, and senior attackman Matt Carfaro (Long Beach, N.Y./West Morris) had two goals and an assist.

Scranton's season comes to an end after the Royals made their eighth straight Landmark Conference playoff appearance. They finished with double-digits in wins for the fourth time in the past five seasons.

Women's Lacrosse (12-7)

The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team finished the season as the Landmark Conference runner-up for the third year in a row after falling at No. 15 Catholic on Saturday in the championships game, 18-10.  The Royals totaled 12 wins this spring to post their most wins in a season since 2005.

Scranton advanced to Saturday's title game by defeating Moravian in the semifinal round on Wednesday night at Fitzpatrick Field, 17-10.  The Royals overcame an early three-goal deficit by using a 13-1 run in the middle of the game to pull away with the victory over the Greyhounds.

Sophomore Kate Calabro (Seaford, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) recorded a game-high seven points on three goals and four assists in the semifinal win over Moravian while junior Elena Gallo (East Meadow, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) scored six goals. Sophomore Erin Putnam (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks South) made a game-high 15 saves to earn the victory against Moravian.

In Saturday's championship contest, Scranton played the five-time defending Landmark champion Cardinals tight through the first 36 minutes, pulling to within a goal at 11-10 with 24:07 remaining, but Catholic scored the final seven goals of the game to pull away with the victory.

Senior Morgan Windisch (Williston Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) and freshman Jill Henson (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) both scored hat tricks while junior Kaitlyn Murphy (Somers, N.Y./North Salem) also finished with three points on a goal and two assists. Putnam again made a game-high 15 saves on the afternoon at Catholic.

Softball (33-11)

The University of Scranton softball team finished a record-breaking year as the Landmark Conference runner-up after falling to No. 11 Moravian in the title round of this past weekend's conference championship tournament.

The Royals opened the double-elimination tournament with a 2-1 victory over Susquehanna on Friday led by freshman Jennifer Sweeney (Dumont, N.J./Dumont), who drove in the game-winning run with a fifth inning double and pitched a complete game in the circle to earn the win.

In a winner's bracket game against Moravian, the Royals dropped a 4-1 decision to Moravian before bouncing back with a 7-2 victory over Susquehanna on Saturday afternoon to reach the championship game.

Freshman Maggie Donnelly (New Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy Academy) went 2-for-3 with two RBI while sophomores Anna Price (Bordentown, N.J./Bordentown Regional) and Casey DeSarno (Wall Township, N.J./Wall Township) drove in two runs apiece as Scranton defeated the River Hawks for the second time in the tournament.

Needing one win for the conference title, Moravian defeated Scranton 3-0 in the title game, scoring runs in the first, fifth, and sixth innings while outhitting the Royals 9-4 in the contest.

Men's Tennis (13-4, 6-1)

The University of Scranton men's tennis team closed out a strong season by claiming a runner-up finish in the Landmark Conference playoffs.  The Royals defeated Juniata in the semifinals on Wednesday at the Royals Courts, 5-2, before dropping a 5-2 decision to top-seeded Goucher in Saturday's championship match.

In Wednesday's win over Juniata, Scranton took a 2-1 lead at the end of doubles play as senior Keller McGurrin (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep) and freshman Tarquin McGurrin (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep) won at #1 doubles while senior Christian Aksu (Exton, Pa./West Chester East) and junior Charles Swope (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) were victorious at #3 doubles.

Tarquin McGurrin, junior Brian Harkins (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield), and freshman Connor Lemieux (Guilford, Conn./The Gunnery) won in singles competition to send the Royals to the championship match.

Goucher took a 2-1 edge into singles play on Saturday in the title match with Harkins and junior Alexander Ochalski (Hopewell, N.J./Hopewell Valley Central) winning at #2 doubles for Scranton.

Ochalski won at #3 singles, but the Gophers picked up three more wins in singles matches to claim the title.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Thursday, May 10
Women's tennis – vs. Gwynedd Mercy, NCAA Tournament first round, Williamstown, Mass. (TBA)

Friday, May 11
Women's tennis – NCAA Tournament second round, Williamstown, Mass. (TBA)
Baseball – vs. Elizabethtown, Landmark Conference Championship, Game 2 (7 p.m.)

Saturday, May 12
Women's tennis – NCAA Tournament third round, Williamstown, Mass. (TBA)
Baseball – Landmark Conference Championship (TBA)

Sunday, May 13
Baseball – Landmark Conference Championship (TBA)


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