MADISON, N.J. — Scranton earned a little payback for a regular season loss by knocking off Drew 5-3 in a Landmark Conference semifinal on Tuesday afternoon. The victory puts the Royals into Saturday’s conference championship match, with a NCAA tournament berth on the line.
Megan Azzalina and Nicole Mahaffey each had a pair of wins for the Royals (8-5), who avenged a 5-4 loss at Drew (8-5) on March 24.
Azzalina rallied at No. 5 singles after dropping the first set for a 5-7, 6-0, 6-2 win against Drew’s Deanna Williams. Mahaffey’s road to a win at No. 6 singles was a bit smoother as she posted a 6-2, 6-2 victory against the Rangers Christine Conde.
Scranton’s freshman duo also paired for a win at No. 3 doubles, by a 8-3 score against Drew’s Conde and Sarit Ashkenazi.
The Royals also got a key win at No. 1 singles from Stephanie Boccuzzi. She rallied from a one-set deficit for a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 triumph against Drew’s Chelsea Lipp.
The No. 2 doubles team of Elisha Connell and Caitlin Ehly earned the Royals’ other win, an 8-6 victory against Drew’s Williams and Lipp.
The win puts Scranton in the Landmark Conference championship match for the second consecutive season and third time in five years. The Royals lost to Moravian in the championship in 2008 and 2011.