The University of Scranton men's tennis team will play in the Landmark Conference championship match for the second straight season on Saturday, as the Royals will head south to top-seeded Goucher for the contest. First serve is set for 10:30 a.m. in Towson, Md.
Fans unable to make the trip to the Baltimore area for the match on Saturday are reminded that Goucher will be providing live stats and a live video stream of the championship match on Saturday, as well.
Scranton, who is 11-6 on the year, earned a spot into the Landmark championship match with a 5-0 drubbing of third-seeded Juniata on Tuesday in their semifinal match at Royal Courts. In the win, sophomore Tarquin McGurrin (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep) and senior Alexander Ochalski (Hopewell, N.J./Hopewell Valley Central) won as a team in doubles, then captured their individual matches in singles to clinch the victory for Scranton.
For the year, Ochalski is now 16-5 in singles action for the year with his win on Tuesday, while McGurrin is 13-7 in singles, playing in the top spot of the line-up all year for Scranton. As a doubles team, Ochalski and McGurrin are now 12-8 on the year, as well.
Senior Brian Harkins (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield), meanwhile, had a lead in his match on Tuesday before the match was clinched by McGurrin, as he sits at 56 career singles victories entering the title match, needing one more win to match the school record for all-time singles victories. Harkins is also 15-5 in doubles matches for the year, as well.
On Saturday, the Royals will try to deny Goucher their fourth straight Landmark Conference championship, as the Gophers come into the title match with a 16-5 overall mark for the year. Goucher clinched their bid into the championship match with a 5-0 win of their own in Tuesday's semifinals over Susquehanna.
During the regular season, Goucher knocked off Scranton in Towson on Mar. 31, 7-2. Last season, the Royals fell at Goucher in the championship match, as the Gophers won their third straight Landmark title with a 5-2 victory over the Royals.
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