The University of Scranton men's tennis team has been picked to finish second in the Landmark Conference standing this fall according to a preseason poll of the conference's eight head coaches which was released on Wednesday morning.
The Royals, who posted an 8-9 overall record last season while going 6-1 in Landmark Conference matches, earned 56 points in this year's preseason poll and captured one first-place vote. Scranton reached the Landmark Conference semifinals for the second year in a row last spring.
Goucher, the two-time defending conference champion, was tabbed as the preseason favorite with 64 points and six first-place votes. Trailing Scranton third place in the poll is Juniata with 48 points and one first-place vote while Drew came in fourth with 38 points.
Elizabethtown sits fifth with 24 points, Catholic is sixth with 18 points, and Moravian and Susquehanna round out the poll in a tie for seventh with 12 points apiece.
Led by fourth-year head coach Jack Rubano, who was named the 2017 Landmark Conference Coach of the Year, Scranton returns the majority of its lineup from last season including four players who have earned All-Landmark Conference honors during their careers.
Senior Keller McGurrin (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep) has collected All-Conference honors in each of his first three seasons with the Royals including First Team accolades in both singles and doubles last spring. McGurrin was also a Second Team selection for doubles as sophomore after picking up Second Team singles honors during his freshman year. Last season, McGurrin went 8-8 (4-3 Landmark) in singles matches and 9-6 (6-1 Landmark) in doubles competition.
Junior Alexander Ochalski (Hopewell, N.J./Hopewell Valley Central) returns after capturing All-Landmark Conference First Team laurels in both singles and doubles last season. Ochalski, who was also a Second Team honoree in doubles as a freshman, went 8-8 (6-1 Landmark) in singles matches last spring and was 9-5 (6-1 Landmark) in doubles action.
Junior Brian Harkins (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield) is back after enjoying an outstanding sophomore campaign last year. Harkins earned All-Landmark Conference Second Team honors in singles after posting a 13-2 record in singles competition including a perfect 7-0 mark in conference matches. Harkins also went 8-3 (5-1 Landmark) in doubles play.
Junior Charles Swope (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) was an All-Landmark Conference Second Team pick in singles as a freshman and posted a 9-6 (5-2 Landmark) record in singles action last spring. Swope also went 3-1 in doubles competition during his sophomore year.
Scranton, which went 2-0 in fall matches this season, opens spring play on March, March 12 when it opens it Spring Break trip in Orlando, Florida against Franciscan starting at 1:00 p.m.