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Baseball Finishes with a Flourish

The University of Scranton baseball team won five straight and seven of the final eight games to finish the season with a 19-19 record. It marked the seventh time in the past 10 years the Royals finished with a .500 or better winning percentage. Junior outfielder Tommy Trotter (pictured) earned first-team all- Landmark Conference honors, while senior second baseman Patrick O’Dell and freshman first baseman Kevin Haag were named to the second team.

Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving Shine at Championships                                      

 Led by first-year head coach Mark Yankovich, both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams posted great performances at the 2017 Landmark Conference Championships, as both programs finished second.

Individually, junior women’s swimmer Raquel Wasserman earned first-team all- Landmark Conference honors in four events at the championships, winning individual titles in the 50 and 100 freestyle while also swimming on the victorious 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams.


On the men’s side, diver Michael Diana, a first-year student, was named Landmark Conference Diver of the Year after winning both the one-meter and three-meter diving events, leading the men’s team to its highest finish at the Landmark Conference championships since 2012. 

 

 


Men’s Lacrosse Makes Seventh Straight Playoff Appearance

Despite battling injuries, illness and poor weather the entire season, the men’s lacrosse team earned its seventh straight trip to the Landmark Conference playoffs. The Royals finished the season with an 8-7 record after missing key players most of the year and overcoming weather problems that forced changes to five of their first seven games. Senior defenseman Sean Ebert (pictured) and junior faceoff specialist Adam Drury earned first-team All-Landmark Conference honors, while senior longstick midfielder Patrick Sawyer and junior midfielder Conor Carey were named to the second team.


Men’s Tennis Makes Postseason Appearance

The men’s tennis team returned to the Landmark Conference playoffs in 2017, finishing with an 8-9 overall mark and a 6-1 ledger in conference play. Scranton was also the second seed in the Landmark playoffs, hosting a playoff match for the first time since 2013. Head coach Jack Rubano was named Landmark Conference Coach of the Year, and four student-athletes earned spots on the All- Landmark Conference Team. They were: junior Keller McGurrin (first-team singles and doubles), sophomore Alexander Ochalski (first-team singles and doubles), senior Matt Prendergast (second-team singles) and sophomore Brian Harkins (second-team singles). 


Fourteenth Straight Playoff Appearance for Women’s Tennis

The women’s tennis team reached the Landmark Conference championship match after qualifying for the playoffs for the 14th straight season. The Royals finished with an 8-9 overall mark, including 4-3 in the Landmark. In the semifinals, Scranton upset topseeded Drew, 5-2, to hand the Rangers their first loss since September. The team was led all season by junior Julia Frattaroli (pictured) and first-year student Natashia DeNunzio. Frattaroli earned All-Landmark Conference first-team singles and second-team doubles honors, while DeNunzio was a second-team doubles honoree.


Wrestling Sets School Record with 15 Dual Match Victories

The wrestling team continued its rise to prominence this season by winning 15 dual matches, eclipsing the previous school record of 13, set in 1980-81. The Royals, who opened the season with 12 straight victories, earned the record-breaking win by defeating Penn College of Technology, 38-12, on Jan. 29. Six Scranton wrestlers had at least 20 victories, led by senior Ian Evans (pictured), who went 32-5. He finished his career with 122 victories, second-most in program history.


 

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