Royal Review: October 10-16

Royal Review: October 10-16

Volleyball (15-13, 3-3 Landmark)

The Royals clinched the fourth seed in next month's Landmark Conference Tournament on Friday night, as Scranton bested both Elizabethtown (3-0) and Moravian (3-1) in a pair of matches played at Elizabethtown.

In the Elizabethtown match, Scranton swept past the host Blue Jays, taking away any kind of momentum from the hosts after a big comeback in the first set (25-23, 25-18, 25-17).

In the victory, sophomore Kristin Kirwan (Park Ridge, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) led the Royals attack yet again, slamming home a match-high 12 kills, while hitting .333 in the win. Kirwan also notched 11 digs and had two block-assists in the victory, as well..

Elsewhere, senior Brittany Cafiero (Merrick, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) posted 29 assists and had 10 digs, while freshman Victoria Capogna (Farmingdale, N.Y./St. Anthony's) had seven kills and four block-assists up front to round out the top performers in the first match of the day for Scranton.

The Royals then went on to sew up and Landmark Conference Tournament spot with their four-set win over Moravian (25-22, 25-15, 18-25, 25-20). In the victory, Kirwan and sophomore Megan Monastra (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) had big games to lead the attack.

Kirwan went into double figures yet again on kills, recording 13, to go along with 14 digs.

For Kirwan, this marked the sixth straight match that she's gone into double-figures in the kills department, as the sophomore has now gone over 400 total kills for the year (403), making her one of 11 student-athletes to go over the 400 kills mark in a season in program history.

Meanwhile, Monastra chipped in with 11 kills, her fourth double-digit kill match of the year. Sophomore Catherine Manning (Eastchester, N.Y./Eastchester) ended the match with nine kills, junior Morgan Rentzheimer (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) had eight, and Cafiero ended the contest with 28 assists to round out the top performers in the win.

The University of Scranton volleyball team returns to action on Tuesday, traveling to Penn State-Berks for a single contest. First serve is set for 7 p.m.

Men's Cross Country

Senior Jimmy Buckley (Belle Harbor, N.Y./Xavier) was the first runner across the line for The University of Scranton men's cross country team in the Inter-Regional Border Battle at Rowan University on Saturday, Oct. 15. Buckley, who has now led the team in all five events so far this season, finished the 7,800-meter course in 25:45.8 to finish 167th overall. His effort paced Scranton to a 34th-place finish among 43 teams.

Junior David de Leon (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) was the next finisher for the Royals, placing 255th in a time of 26:35.9. Sophomore Matt Barrett (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) was next, finishing 286th in 27:08.3, one spot ahead of freshman Zachary Gutekunst (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham), who finished in 27:09.3.

Freshman Christopher Baldwin (Far Rockaway, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) completed the Royals' top five by finishing 295th with a time of 27:16.4.

Saturday's race was Scranton's final tuneup before the postseason. The Royals will next toe the line in the Landmark Conference championships on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Bicentennial Park in Northampton, Pa.

Women's Cross Country

Senior Patricia Hoffman (Jamison, Pa./Mt. St. Joseph Academy) continued her strong season by crossing the line first for The University of Scranton women's cross country team in the Inter-Regional Border Battle at Rowan University on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Hoffman finished 177th overall as the Royals finished 37th among 45 teams. She completed the 6,000-meter course in 23:25.0, just four seconds behind her career-best time for that distance, which she set just two weeks earlier. In five events this season, Hoffman has been Scranton's top runner each time.

Freshman Amy Kaiser (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown STEM Academy) was next across the line for Scranton, finishing 270th in a time of 24:46.6, a career-best for 6,000 meters. Sophomore Emily Carr (Elmhurst, Pa./Scranton Prep) was three spots behind Kaiser, finishing with a time of 24:50.3.

Junior Elaine House (New Providence, N.J./New Providence) was one spot behind Carr in 274th, finishing in 24:52.0, a new career-best at 6,000 meters by seven seconds. Senior Kathryn Hoffman (Jamison, Pa./Mt. St. Joseph) rounded out the team's top five by finishing 289th in 25:17.8, also her fastest career time at 6,000 meters.

Saturday marked the Royals' final event before the postseason. They will next run in the Landmark Conference championships on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Bicentennial Park in Northampton, Pa.

Field Hockey (4-10, 1-4 Landmark)

The University of Scranton field hockey team dropped a pair of matches in heartbreaking fashion on the week, falling to both Drew (2-1) and Juniata (3-2) in overtime on the week.

Against Drew on Wednesday, junior Meredith Campbell (Media, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) scored in the 55th minute to give Scranton a 1-0 lead, but Drew came back with a goal late in regulation, then another in overtime to take the win.

In the Juniata match, Campbell and sophomore Cyan Scarduzio (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining) scored early in the second half to give Scranton a 2-0 lead, but Juniata stormed back with two goals late in regulation to force OT. In the second OT, Juniata scored to win it, handing Scranton a one-score loss.

The University of Scranton field hockey team will now take the week off, returning to action next Saturday at Goucher. The Landmark Conference match begins at 1 p.m.

Men's Soccer (10-3, 3-2 Landmark)

The University of Scranton men's soccer team posted a pair of victories on the week, getting past non-conference foe Dickinson on Wednesday (1-0), then blasting Juniata (4-1) in a Landmark Conference contest on Saturday.

Against Dickinson on Wednesday, senior Henry Bonilla (Fairless Hills, Pa./The Pennington School) scored the eventual game-winner in the first half, as the Royals posted a strong defensive effort in the shutout victory. The shutout win was also Scranton's seventh of the season, as well.

On Saturday against Juniata, Scranton dominated from the opening kick in the three-goal victory, as the Royals raced out to a 3-0 first half lead in the contest and never looked back.

In the opening period, Bonilla, senior Michael Bergen (Newtown, Pa./The Pennington School) and junior Gavin Coutts (Mendham, N.J./West Morris Mendham) all scored in the first half to give Scranton an insurmountable 3-1 lead at halftime.

In the second half, senior Michael Newell (Worcester, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) added the final goal of the match, as the Scranton defense finished off a dominating performance in the second half, as they held Juniata to just four shots in 90 minutes of play.

The University of Scranton men's soccer team returns to action on Tuesday, hosting Haverford in a non-conference match at Fitzpatrick Field. Action gets underway at 7 p.m.

Women's Soccer (12-1-1, 5-0-0 Landmark)

The women's soccer team pushed its winning streak to 10 and clinched a Landmark Conference playoff berth with a pair of wins last week.

The Royals entered the week ranked 25th in the D3soccer.com Top 25, the first time the team has earned a national ranking from D3soccer since the organization began publishing a top 25 in 2010. They played like it on Wednesday, Oct. 12, defeating Drew, 5-0, at Fitzpatrick Field.

Senior midfielder Kelly Egan (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex) and junior midfielders Kelly Pompey (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep) and Casey Trezza (New Providence, N.J./New Providence) each came off the bench to provide a goal and an assist to lead the offense. Senior defender Carolyn Warner (Morris Plains, N.J./Parsippany Hills) and sophomore midfielder Taylor Stevens (Yardley, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie) added goals in the win.

On Saturday, Oct. 15, the Royals clinched a playoff berth with a 3-0 win over Juniata at Fitzpatrick Field. Egan had a goal and an assist, and junior midfielder Hannah DeMars (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) and sophomore midfielder Brittany Uricchio (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) added goals.

The Royals have now qualified for conference playoffs in each of the past 11 seasons and 21 of the past 22. The 10-match winning streak is now the Royals' longest since they won 13 straight in the 2013 season when they finished 15-3-3 and reached the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The team is back in action on Wednesday, Oct. 22, when it hosts Penn State-Berks in a non-conference match at 7 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.

Men's Swimming & Diving (2-0)

First-year head coach Mark Yankovich got his career at the University of Scranton off to a great start on Saturday, as the Royals men's swimming & diving teams knocked off both host Cabrini (130-68) and FDU-Florham (148-41) in the 2016-17 season opener.

On the day, the Royals kicked off the season with a victory in the 200-medley relay, hitting the wall in 1:44.58 to take the event.

In individual events, sophomore Christopher Whalen (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) won two events on the day, taking the 1000-freestyle in 11.21.89, then the 100-freestyle in a time of 50.74. In the 50-freestyle, freshman Raymond Diorio (Warren, N.J./Watchung Hills) was victorious after hitting the wall in 22.59, as well.

Next in the 100-backstroke, sophomore Michael Ramsthaler (Florham Park, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) won his first event of the year after finishing in 57.68, while fellow sophomore Daniel Muenkel (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./Arlington Senior) was victorious in the 500-freestyle, hitting the wall in 5:24.56.

Scranton then capped off the race with another relay victory, as the Royals won the 400-freestyle relay in a time of 3:27.68, besting their nearest competitor by almost 16 seconds to take the victory.

The University of Scranton men's swimming & diving team returns to action on October 28, hosting Catholic at the Byron Center. Things get underway at 6 p.m.

Women's Swimming & Diving (2-0)

The University of Scranton women's swimming & diving team got off to a great start in their dual meets with Cabrini and FDU-Florham on Saturday, winning both to give first year head coach Mark Yankovich his first two victories of his career at Scranton.

In the victories, the Royals won every individual race contested on the afternoon, as they bested Cabrini, 144.5-58.5, and FDU-Florham, 157-28.

The Royals got the meet off started on a high note when they took the 200-medley relay, hitting the wall in 1:56.80 to take the event by almost three seconds.

Anchoring that event for Scranton was senior Emma Sommers (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan), who swam the fastest leg for Scranton (25.54) to clinch the win. Sommers, who also won the 50-freestyle (25.70), earning Landmark Conference Swimmer of the Week honors for her effort in the race.

The University of Scranton women's swimming & diving team returns to action on October 28, hosting Catholic at the Byron Center. Things get underway at 6 p.m.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Tuesday, Oct. 18
Men's soccer – vs. Haverford (7 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – at Penn State-Berks (7 p.m.) 

Wednesday, Oct. 19
Women's soccer – vs. Penn State-Berks (7 p.m.)

Friday, Oct. 21
Women's volleyball – at Swarthmore (4 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – vs. Colby, at Swarthmore (6 p.m.) 

Saturday, Oct. 22
Field hockey – at Goucher (1 p.m.)
Women's soccer – vs. Goucher (1 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – vs. Stockton, at Swarthmore (1 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – vs. Catholic, at Swarthmore (3 p.m.)
Men's soccer – vs. Goucher (3:30 p.m.) 

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