Royal Review: October 17-23

Senior Pat Codispoti scored in both matches as men's soccer went 1-0-1 last week.
Senior Pat Codispoti scored in both matches as men's soccer went 1-0-1 last week.

Men's Soccer (11-3-1, 4-2-0 Landmark)

The University of Scranton men's soccer team went 1-0-1 on the week, fighting 13th-ranked Haverford to a 1-1 double overtime draw on Tuesday, then blowing out Goucher, 5-1, on Saturday on Senior Day in the team's regular season home finale.

In the Haverford match, senior Pat Codispoti (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chaminade) scored the tying goal in the 53rd minute. From there, both teams failed to convert on scoring chances, as the Royals battled the nationally-ranked Fords to a draw, their first of the 2016 season.

Against Goucher on Saturday, the Royals sent off 10 seniors in style, scoring four goals in the second half to blow out the visiting Gophers.

In the first half, a goal by freshman Jonathan Roberts (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Immaculata-Somerville) gave the Royals a 1-0 halftime lead.

In the second half, all four Scranton goals were scored by seniors. Michael Bergen (Newtown, Pa./Pennington School) scored twice, while Codispoti and Michael Newell (Worcester, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) also scored.

The University of Scranton men's soccer team returns to action on Saturday, traveling to Catholic for the final match of the regular season. The Landmark Conference match-up begins at 3:30 p.m.

Field Hockey (5-10, 2-4 Landmark)

The University of Scranton field hockey team snapped a six-match losing streak on Saturday, taking a thrilling 2-1 win at Goucher in Landmark Conference action, winning the match in the second round of penalty strokes.

In the win, senior Elizabeth Yorey (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) scored an unassisted goal eight minutes into the game. That lead held for the first 35 minutes, as the Royals went into intermission up 1-0 on the host Gophers.

In the second period, Goucher knotted the match up at 1-1 with a goal in the 55th minute. The score remained that way to the end of regulation and through two overtime periods.

The match then went to penalty strokes, where sophomore Elizabeth Tolley (Brookside, N.J./West Morris Mendham) scored twice, including at the beginning of the second round to secure the win for Scranton.

In goal, freshman Tate Ackerman (Endicott, N.Y./Seton Catholic Central) came up big in overtime, making 11 saves in the extra frames to keep the match tied. In the first overtime, Ackerman made eight saves alone to keep the match going.

The University of Scranton field hockey team returns to action on Wednesday, hosting Vassar at home in their final non-conference match of the year. Action gets underway at Fitzpatrick Field beginning at 7 p.m.

Women's Soccer (14-1-1, 6-0-0 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women's soccer team won a pair of games during the week and clinched the top seed in the Landmark Conference playoffs in the process.

The Royals opened the week by defeating Penn State-Berks, 3-0, on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at Fitzpatrick Field. Senior Kelly Egan (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex) and sophomores Jamie Hreniuk (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) and Erica Licari (Saint James, N.Y./Smithtown East). The defense shut down the Nittany Lions, who entered the match on an 11-match unbeaten streak while averaging 6.3 goals per match.

Scranton clinched the top seed in the Landmark Conference playoffs with a 6-0 win over Goucher on Senior Day on Saturday, Oct. 22, at Fitzpatrick Field. Junior Hannah DeMars (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) scored twice, and senior Carolyn Warner (Morris Plains, N.J./Parsippany Hills) and sophomores Taylor Stevens (Yardley, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie), Annelise DePaulo (Roseto, Pa./Moravian Academy) and Hreniuk added a goal apiece.

The Royals have now won 12 straight and have 12 shutouts on the season, which is tied for sixth most in a single season in school history.

Scranton will conclude regular season play on Saturday, Oct. 29, when the Royals travel to Washington, D.C. to take on Catholic at 1 p.m.

Women's Volleyball (18-15, 3-3 Landmark)

It was another busy week for The University of Scranton volleyball team, as the Royals went 3-2 in five matches.

The week kicked off with a five-set victory over Penn State-Berks on Tuesday night (22-25, 25-27, 25-17, 25-13, 15-11). In the win, sophomore outside hitter Kristin Kirwan (Park Ridge, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) led the way with 15 kills while hitting .520 and making 13 digs over the final three sets. Senior setter Brittany Cafiero (Merrick, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) picked up 25 assists in the final three sets, as well.

The team then played in the Garnet Classic at Swarthmore on Friday and Saturday, going 2-2 overall on the weekend.

On Friday, the Royals stormed past Colby in three sets (25-23, 25-20, 25-10), while falling to host Swarthmore in three sets (20-25, 11-25, 23-25).

In the Colby match, Kirwan led the way again, posting 14 kills and 12 digs. Elsewhere, junior Kristen Sweeney (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown) had nine kills for the second time in three matches, while Cafiero went over 30 assists in a match for the 11th time on the year, ending the contest with 31.

It was more of the same for Scranton on Saturday, as the Royals bested Stockton in three sets (25-15, 25-21, 25-15), then fell to Catholic in four sets to end the weekend (18-25, 15-25, 25-22, 19-25).

Against Stockton, Kirwan had 12 kills to lead the way again. Scranton also received 11 kills and four digs from sophomore outside hitter Megan Monastra (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy).

Cafiero ended the Stockton match with 37 assists and nine digs, then ended the weekend with 44 assists in the Catholic loss. Kirwan, who earned All-Tournament honors, ended the weekend with 19 kills in the Catholic defeat.

Scranton will return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 26, when the Royals host SUNY-Geneseo on Senior Night at 7 p.m. in the Long Center.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Wednesday, Oct. 26
Field hockey – vs. Vassar (7 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – vs. SUNY-Geneseo, Senior Day (7 p.m.)

Friday, Oct. 28
Women's volleyball – vs. Fredonia, at Brockport State (5 p.m.)
Men's swimming & diving – vs. Catholic (6 p.m.)
Women's swimming & diving – vs. Catholic (6 p.m.)

Saturday, Oct. 29
Men's cross country – Landmark Conference championships, Northampton, Pa. (11 a.m.)
Women's cross country – Landmark Conference championships, Northampton, Pa (12 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – vs. Allegheny, at Brockport State (12:30 p.m.)
Field hockey – vs. Catholic, Senior Day (1 p.m.)
Women's soccer – at Catholic (1 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – at Brockport State (2:30 p.m.)
Men's soccer – at Catholic (3:30 p.m.)

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