University Of Scranton Rallies To Landmark Title

May 5, 2019

The University of Scranton won three games Saturday to capture its first Landmark Conference softball championship.

The Royals (32-13) defeated Moravian, 9-6, in the losers’ bracket final to advance to the championship round for the second straight year. Scranton defeated Susquehanna, 5-2, to force a deciding game and then won that game against the River Hawks, 7-2, to win the conference title and earn a berth in the NCAA Division III tournament.

Lackawanna Trail graduate Mackenzie Duffy had two hits, three runs and an RBI for Scranton against Moravian. Scranton scored four runs in the sixth inning to earn the win. In the sixth, Duffy had an RBI double and Heather Alich hit a two-run homer.

In the first game against Susquehanna, Scranton pulled away with three runs in the sixth inning. Casey DeSarno hit a two-run home run for the Royals and Meaghan Dowdell allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings to earn the win.

Dowdell got the ball in the circle again in the final game and allowed eight hits and two runs with four strikeouts in seven innings to pick up her second win of the day and earn MVP honors. Jennifer Sweeney had three hits, including the 100th of her career, scored twice and drove in four runs for Scranton.

Lackawanna 9, Del. Tech 1

Morris 14, Lackawanna 1

At Randolph, New Jersey, Lackawanna College split a pair of games on the first day of the Region XIX Division II tournament.

Colleen Cwalina had two hits, including a home run, and three RBIs to lead Lackawanna to a win over Delaware Tech. Mid Valley graduate Mia Pawelski threw a five-hitter with 11 strikeouts to earn the win.

Morris led Lackawanna, 5-1, through three innings in the second game and then pulled away with nine runs in the fourth. Dunmore graduate Marlena Pegula had two hits and scored a run for the Lady Falcons.

Lackawanna (33-20) advances to the losers’ bracket final and will play Delaware Tech on Monday at 1 p.m.


Kevin Johnson had two hits, scored two runs and drove in two to lead the University of Scranton to a 7-3 win over Moravian in the first game of a doubleheader. Moravian won the nightcap, 8-4.

North Pocono graduate Matt Fisch singled and drove in two for the Royals (16-20) and Ian McIntosh singled twice and scored a run.

Moravian broke away from a 3-3 tie in the nightcap with five runs in the seventh inning. Kevin Haag went 3 for 3 with a home run for Scranton.

Keystone 10 32

Clarks Summit 3 1

At La Plume, Keystone College rolled to a doubleheader sweep over Clarks Summit University.

Conrad Holbrook allowed three hits and one run over 5⅔ innings in the opener. Johann Paniagua went 3 for 3 with three runs and two RBIs for the Giants (22-13). Jacob Leisinger had two hits and scored a run for Clarks Summit (7-26).

In the second game, Dakota McFadden had three hits, scored five runs and drove in seven for Keystone and Abington Heights graduate Nick Carlini and Chris Hadsall each had four hits and drove in five runs.

Women’s lacrosse

Catholic University scored eight straight goals to open the second half as the Cardinals earned their sixth straight Landmark Conference championship, 15-9, over the University of Scranton.

Scranton (16-3) led by three with five minutes left in the first half but Anna Maupin and Jess Lyons scored goals to cut the deficit to one at halftime. Lyons then scored three goals in the 8-0 second-half charge.

Jill Henson, Elena Gallo and Christine Olert

each scored two goals for the Royals.

Cabrini 21, Marywood 6

At Scranton, Avery

Murphy had eight goals and two assists as Cabrini

University captured the Atlantic East Conference championship.

Marywood led 2-1 early in the first half but the Cavaliers answered with eight straight goals.

Faith Grieshaber had a goal and three assists for the Pacers (12-5).

Notre Dame (Md.) 19

Keystone 8

At La Plume, Notre Dame of Maryland scored four goals in the opening seven minutes to cruise to a win in the Colonial States Athletic Conference championship game.

Megan Morales scored seven of her nine goals in the first half as the Gators built an 11-4 lead.

Kayla Bain had two goals and an assist for Keystone (12-4) and Alex Williams scored twice.

Men’s tennis

Goucher College won three singles matches and took two of three in doubles to earn its fourth straight Landmark Conference title with a 5-1 victory over the University of Scranton.

Christian Aksu-Brian Harkins had the lone

win for the Royals at No. 2 doubles.

Women’s tennis

Moravian won four singles matches to post a 5-2 win over the University of Scranton in the Landmark Conference championship.

Scranton Prep graduate Emilia Jakubek-Emily Kelly and Claire Loughlin-Elyse Smilnak had doubles wins for Scranton.

Men’s golf

The University of Scranton finished sixth at the Landmark Conference championship at Dauphin Highlands Golf Course.

Scranton finished with a two-day total of 639, 31 shots back of first-place Goucher. Erik Ridley shot 158 over two days to finish tied for 13th for Scranton and Thomas McAuliffe shot 159 and tied for 15th.