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Winter Sports Wrap-Up

 

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Head coach Mike Strong earned his 800th career victory while leading the women’s basketball team to the Sweet 16 and a final record of 26-4.

Men’s Basketball
The men’s basketball captured its fifth Landmark Conference championship in seven years and the 22nd conference title in program history this past season. The Royals made their 25th NCAA Tournament appearance and finished the season with a 24-4 record, the fourth time in the past six seasons they won at least 20 games, and the most wins since they went 24-6 in 2002-03. Junior guard Ross Danzig, son of head coach Carl Danzig, was named conference Player of the Year, as well as earning first-team all-region by d3hoops.com and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and senior Tommy Morganwas named conference Defensive Player of the Year.

Women’s Basketball
The women’s basketball finished 26-4, won the Landmark Conference championship and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009. The Lady Royals finished the season ranked 16th in the d3hoops.com Top 25, and head coach Mike Strong became the first women’s basketball coach at the NCAA Division III level to reach 800 career victories. Junior forward Meredith Mesaris was named honorable mention All-American by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association after leading the conference in scoring. 

Men’s Swimming & Diving
The men’s swimming & diving team went 6-5 in dual meet competition, and finished fifth at the Landmark Conference championships under head coach Paul DeAngelo. Senior John Hughes set two school records at the conference championships and swam on two other relay teams that set school records. Hughes led the Royals with 15 individual victories and swam on 13 winning relay teams throughout the season.

Women’s Swimming & Diving
Under the direction of head coach Paul DeAngelo, the women’s swimming & diving team finished second at the Landmark Conference championships for the fourth straight season after going 9-3 in dual meet competition. Juniors Paige Agnello, Colleen Barry and Alexis Walsh each won individual conference titles as the Royals set seven school records during the championships. Four student-athletes earned all-conference honors, including Barry, who was named Female Diver of the Year.

Wrestling
The wrestling team went 8-9 in dual meet competition and finished in the top five at three invitational tournaments under head coach Al Russomano. The Royals’ eight victories are the most since the 2004-05 season, when Scranton went 10-9. Senior Chris Silakoski was the team’s highest finisher at the NCAA East Regional, placing fourth at 197 pounds. Silakoski, junior Shawn Flesche, sophomore Eric Calimanoand freshman Ian Evans all posted at least 20 victories, with Evans leading the way with 29 wins despite missing the final two events due to an injury.