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MONROEVILLE, Pa. -– Scranton posted its first NCAA Division III tournament victory in program history on Friday morning, defeating LaRoche College 5-0, in a first-round match at The Club 4 Life and hosted by Carnegie Mellon.

Scranton got out to a fast start against LaRoche (10-6) by sweeping all three doubles matches. Sophomore Megan Azzalina and senior Lindsay Ward got things started with an 8-1 win at No. 3 doubles.

Junior Stephanie Boccuzzi and sophomore Nicole Mahaffey followed with an 8-2 win at No. 1 doubles, and junior Devon Cohen teamed with freshman Emily Walsh to finish the sweep with an 8-3 win at No. 2.

Cohen then swept her way to a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 2 singles to put Scranton up 4-0, and Walsh clinched the victory with a 6-0, 6-1 victory at No. 4 singles. Boccuzzi had a one-set lead at No. 1 singles, as did Azzalina at No. 3, when the match ended. The fifth and sixth singles matches had yet to start.

Boccuzzi, Cohen, Azzalina and Mahaffey each posted their second doubles victories in NCAA play. Each posted a doubles win in last year’s 5-4 loss in the first round to Ithaca, which was the Royals’ first-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament.