Royal Review: Sept. 5-11

The men's soccer team is off to a 4-0 start this season.
The men's soccer team is off to a 4-0 start this season.

Men's Soccer (4-0)

It was another successful week for the University of Scranton men's soccer team, as the Royals posted two more shutout victories, first on Wednesday against Muhlenberg (2-0), then at Centenary on Saturday (1-0).

The 4-0 start for the Royals is their best since 2012, as the team has yet to allow a goal in 360 minutes of game action.

On Wednesday, first-half goals were scored by senior Henry Bonilla (Fairless Hills, Pa./Pennington School) and freshman Jonathan Roberts (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Immaculata-Somerville), which was more than enough for the Royals defense to work with in the shutout win. In net, senior goalie Eric Hintz (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) posted his second shutout of the year, stopping four shots in the win.

Against Centenary on Saturday, it was once again a goal in the first half that proved to be the difference in a 1-0 win. This time, it was junior Connor Casey (Hatfield, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.) scoring off a header. Senior Tim DiBisceglie (Mine Hill, N.J./Gill St. Bernard's) was credited with an assist on the score, which was the fourth game-winning goal of Casey's career.

From there, the Scranton defense took over, allowing just nine shots (three on goal) by Centenary in the victory.

The University of Scranton men's soccer team returns to action on Tuesday, hosting Misericordia at Fitzpatrick Field beginning at 7 p.m.

Volleyball (6-4)

The University of Scranton volleyball team had a busy week on the court this past week, playing five matches. In all, the Royals went 2-3 overall on the week, winning a pair of matches over the weekend at the Buttermaker Tournament hosted by Muhlenberg College.

After a 3-0 loss to Franklin & Marshall on Wednesday, Scranton opened play at the Buttermaker Tournament with a 3-0 defeat to Ithaca on Friday. But, later in the evening, the Royals stopped their losing streak with a 3-1 win over DeSales.

In the win, sophomore Kristin Kirwan (Park Ridge, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) was dominant on the attack, slamming home a match-high 23 kills, while recording 12 digs on the defensive end.  

On Saturday, the Royals once again split a pair of matches, losing to Marymount in five sets, then coming back to knock off host Muhlenberg in five sets.

In the Muhlenberg victory, Kirwan once again had over 20 kills in match, accomplishing the feat for the third time in the last six matches. For her efforts, Kirwan was named to the All-Buttermaker Tournament team, as well.

Many of Kirwan's successful attacks were set up by senior Bailey Woods (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven), who finished with 40 assists, to go along with 16 digs.

The University of Scranton volleyball team returns to action on Wednesday, hosting Cortland State at home beginning at 6 p.m.

Field Hockey (1-2)

In their lone match of the week, the University of Scranton field hockey team dropped a tough decision to visiting William Paterson on Wednesday, falling in a shootout (3-1) after scoreless play by both teams in 100 minutes of action.

The Royals return to action on Tuesday, traveling to Misericordia for another non-conference match. Action gets underway at 7 p.m.

Women's Soccer (2-1-1)

The women's soccer team went 0-1-1 during the week, with both games going into overtime.

The Royals opened the week with a 1-0 loss in overtime at 12th-ranked Swarthmore on Tuesday. The game was knotted deep into the overtime period before Swarthmore scored two seconds before the end of the period to earn the victory.

On Saturday, Scranton earned a 4-4 draw in double overtime in a back-and-forth battle at Western Connecticut State. The Royals forced overtime with 27 seconds left in regulation on a goal by sophomore midfielder Jamie Hreniuk (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell). Scranton also received a second-half goal from senior defender Carolyn Warner (Morris Plains, N.J./Parsippany Hills) and first half goals from junior forward Kelly Pompey (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep) and sophomore midfielder Erica Licari (Saint James, N.Y./Smithtown East).

Scranton is back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 14, when the Royals travel across town to take on Marywood at 7 p.m.

Women's Cross Country

Senior Patricia Hoffman (Jamison, Pa./Mt. St. Joseph Academy) was the first runner across the line for The University of Scranton cross country team at Saturday's Ron Stonitsch Invitational, hosted by Vassar College. She finished the 5,000-meter course in 21:21.2 to help the Royals finished 11th with 328 points.

Junior Elaine House (New Providence, N.J./New Providence) was the next Scranton runner across the line in 94th with a time of 21:51.6, a career-best for 5,000 meters. Sophomore Emily Carr (Elmhurst, Pa./Scranton Prep) was 113th in 22:26.2, and senior Kathryn Hoffman (Jamison, Pa./Mt. St. Joseph Academy) rounded out the Royals' top four by finishing 127th with a time of 22:50.0, also a career-best for 5,000 meters.

Scranton will return to action next Saturday, Sept. 17, when they compete in the Cougar Classic at 11:15 a.m. at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pa.

Men's Cross Country

The University of Scranton men's cross country team ran a steady race en route to finishing 10th at the Ron Stonitsch Invitational at Vassar College in humid conditions on Saturday morning.

Senior Jimmy Buckley (Belle Harbor, N.Y./Xavier) led the Royals by finishing 70th by completing the 6,000-meter course in 20:45.1. His effort helped the Royals amass 328 points. Scranton's second through seventh runners came in within 47 spots of each other, producing a steady effort in the tough conditions. Freshman Eric Bartlett (Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) was the second Royal across the line, finishing 117th in 21:32.7. Sophomore Stephen Grunbok (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) returned to his hometown and finished 126th in 21:41.4, a career-best for 6,000 meters.

Scranton is back in action on Saturday, Sept. 17, when the Royals run in the Cougar Classic at 10:30 a.m. at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pa.

Women's Tennis (1-1)

The University of Scranton women's tennis team kicked off their fall campaign this past weekend, splitting a pair of matches at Messiah (a 5-4 win) and Wilkes (a 9-0 loss).

Against Messiah, junior Julia Frattaroli (Newtown, Conn./Newtown) and freshman Nastashia DeNunzio (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) were victors at number one doubles (8-6), then went on to win their matches in singles play with Frattaroli winning at number one (6-1, 6-1) and DeNunzio taking a 6-4, 6-2 win at number two.

At number three doubles, the freshman duo of Katherine Loughlin (Binghamton, N.Y./Seton Catholic Central) and Katerina Ringes (Sandy Hook, Conn./Immaculate) rolled to an 8-1 victory to give Scranton a 2-1 lead entering singles. The match was then clinched there by senior Emily Machado (Fishkill, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) who took a 6-4, 6-2 win at number three.

The University of Scranton women's tennis team returns to action on Saturday, hosting Oneonta State at Royal Courts. Action gets underway at 4 p.m.

Men's Tennis (1-0)

The University of Scranton men's tennis team opened their fall slate for 2016 on Saturday at Messiah and walked away a 6-3 winner.

Sophomore Alexander Ochalski (Hopewell, N.J./Hopewell Valley Central) posted singles and doubles victories to lead the Royals in the win. At doubles, he and partner Keller McGurrin (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep) captured an 8-3 win at number one. He then went out and posted a 6-4, 6-2 win at no. 2 singles.

Elsewhere, the Royals took a 2-1 lead after doubles thanks to a win at no. 3 doubles by the team of sophomore Christian Aksu (Exton, Pa./West Chester East) and junior Emmett Ryan (Manchester, Mass./Canterbury School), who earned an 8-5 victory.

In singles, Scranton clinched the win with victories at spots four through six on the lineup. Senior Michael Pottieger (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing Area) pulled out a clutch three-set win at no. 4, winning 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 10-7. Sophomore Brian Harkins (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield) rolled to a 6-2, 6-0 win at no. 5, and sophomore Charles Swope (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) won by the same score at no. 6.

Scranton will continue its fall season when it travels across town to face Marywood on Friday, Sept. 23, at 4:30 p.m.

Men's Golf (2-1)

The University of Scranton men's golf team opened the fall season by going 2-1 in a pair of events last week.

The Royals opened the season on Tuesday, Sept. 6, by defeating Marywood, 314-350, and Wilkes, 314-371, at Glenmaura National Golf Club in Moosic, Pa. Sophomore Griffin Lubba (Pompton Plains, N.J./Pequannock Township) shot a 2-over-par 73 in his Scranton debut to lead the Royals. Senior Tyler Huggins (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) shot 78, and the Royals also received an 80 from junior Patrick King (Thornton, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) and an 83 from junior Matthew Kane (Berkeley Heights, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) to round out the team's top four scores.

On Thursday, the Royals fell to King's, 295-327, at Wyoming Valley Country Club in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Scranton was led by sophomore Kyle Hayes (East Norwich, N.Y./Oyster Bay), who shot a 7-over-par 77. Senior Steven Lambrinakos (Stamford, Conn./Trinity) was the only other Royal to break 80, finishing with 79.

The Royals will be back in action on Tuesday, Sept. 13, when they host King's and Keystone at Glenmaura National Golf Club.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Tuesday, Sept. 13
Men's golf – vs. Keystone/King's, Glenmaura National Golf Club (1 p.m.)
Women's golf – vs. Misericordia/Wilkes (1 p.m.)
Field hockey – at Misericordia (7 p.m.)
Men's soccer – vs. Misericordia (7 p.m.)

Wednesday, Sept. 14
Women's volleyball – vs. Cortland State (6 p.m.)
Women's soccer – at Marywood (7 p.m.)

Thursday, Sept. 15
Men's golf – vs. Marywood/Rosemont, Glenmaura National Golf Club (1 p.m.)

Friday, Sept. 16
Women's volleyball – vs. Averett, at Christopher Newport (6 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – at Christopher Newport (8 p.m.)

Saturday, Sept. 17
Men's cross country – at Cougar Classic, at Misericordia (10:30 a.m.)
Women's cross country – at Cougar Classic, at Misericordia (11:15 a.m.)
Men's golf – Empire 8 Conference Championships, 1st round, Timber Banks C.C. (12 p.m.)
Field hockey – at Arcadia (12 p.m.)
Women's soccer – vs. Farmingdale State (1 p.m.)
Women's tennis – vs. Oneonta State (1 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – vs. Averett, at Christopher Newport (2 p.m.)
Men's soccer – at Lycoming (3 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – at Christopher Newport (4 p.m.)

Sunday, Sept. 18
Men's golf – Empire 8 Conference Championships, 2nd round, Timber Banks C.C. (10 a.m.)
Field hockey – vs. King's (12 p.m.)
Women's tennis – at Lebanon Valley (1 p.m.)

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