Royal Review: Oct. 24-30

Senior Patricia Hoffman became the first Royal since 2013 to earn all-Landmark Conference honors by finishing 13th at the conference championships on Saturday.
Senior Patricia Hoffman became the first Royal since 2013 to earn all-Landmark Conference honors by finishing 13th at the conference championships on Saturday.

Men's Cross Country

Senior Jimmy Buckley (Belle Harbor, N.Y./Xavier) and junior David de Leon (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) each earned all-conference honors while leading The University of Scranton men's cross country team to a third-place finish at the Landmark Conference championships on Saturday at Bicentennial Park.

Buckley picked up first-team honors thanks to finishing seventh, while de Leon earned second-team honors by finishing 10th. They are the first Scranton men's cross country runners to earn all-conference honors since 2011, when three Royals snagged the honors.

Scranton finished the meet with 69 points, good for third place, the team's highest finish at the Landmark Conference championships since 2011 when the Royals were also third. Elizabethtown took the team title with 31 points, followed by Juniata (47), Scranton, Moravian (96), Susquehanna (126), Catholic (186), Drew (213) and Goucher (224).

Buckley completed the 8,000-meter course in 26:31.75, a career-best for that distance. De Leon completed the course in 26:47.43, also a career-best for 8,000 meters.

The Royals will now take two weeks to prepare for the NCAA Mideast Regional on Saturday, Nov. 12, hosted by DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa.

Women's Cross Country

Senior Patricia Hoffman (Jamison, Pa./Mt. St. Joseph Academy) earned second-team all-conference honors while leading The University of Scranton women's cross country team to a fifth-place finish at the Landmark Conference championships on Saturday at Bicentennial Park in Northampton, Pa.

Hoffman finished 13th overall by completing the 6,000-meter course in 23:23.37. She becomes the first Scranton runner to earn all-conference honors since 2013, when a trio of Royals made the all-conference team.

Scranton finished the meet with 136 points. Elizabethtown won the team title with 28 points, followed by Moravian (43), Susquehanna (69) and Juniata (121). The Royals were followed by Catholic (180), Goucher (206) and Drew (240).

The Royals now have two weeks to get ready for the NCAA Mideast Regional on Saturday, Nov. 12, hosted by DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa.

Field Hockey (5-12, 2-5 Landmark)

The University of Scranton field hockey team dropped the final two matches of their 2016 season this past week, losing to Vassar on Wednesday night and Catholic on Saturday afternoon by a pair of 2-0 scores.

Before the match on Saturday with Catholic, the Royals honored two seniors for their contributions to the program – Amanda Maresca (Matawan, N.J./St. John Vianney) and Elizabeth Yorey (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills).

Men's Soccer (12-3-1, 5-2-0 Landmark)

The University of Scranton men's soccer team clinched the second seed in the upcoming Landmark Conference Tournament on Saturday, besting Catholic, 1-0, in their lone match of the week.

In the win, the lone goal scored in the match came in the 35th minute, as senior James Caulfield (Pennington, N.J./Hopewell Valley) scored his first goal of the 2016 season. On the play, sophomore Michael Donnelly (Mahopac, N.Y./John F. Kennedy) headed a pass to Caulfield, who finished the chance.

From there, the Scranton defense took over, shutting out the Cardinals to post their eighth shutout win of the year. In net, senior Eric Hintz (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) preserved the victory, making four saves alone in the second half (five total for the afternoon).

Scranton now sets its sights on the Landmark Conference Tournament, where the Royals will enter play as the number two seed for the second straight season. Scranton, the defending tournament champion, will host a semifinal match with third-seeded Drew on Wednesday night at Fitzpatrick Field. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

Women's Soccer (15-1-1, 7-0-0 Landmark)

The women's soccer team completed its regular season with a 2-1 victory in double overtime at Catholic on Saturday, Oct. 29. The victory completed a perfect regular season in Landmark Conference play and extended the team's winning streak to 13.

Sophomore midfielder Erica Licari (Saint James, N.Y./Smithtown East) scored both goals for the Royals, including the game-winner 1:50 into the second overtime on an assist by junior midfielder Hannah DeMars (Cranford, N.J./Cranford). She also scored in the 53rd minute on an assist by fellow sophomore midfielder Taylor Stevens (Yardley, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie).

The win marked the third time in the Landmark Conference's 10-year history that the Royals have completed the regular season with a perfect conference record. They went 6-0 in both 2010 and 2011.

Scranton, which is the top seed, will open the Landmark Conference playoffs on Tuesday, Nov. 1, by hosting fourth-seeded Susquehanna at 7 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.

Men's Swimming (2-1)

The University of Scranton men's swimming & diving teams put up a great effort against Catholic on Friday night in their 2016-17 home opener at the Byron Center, but it was the visiting Cardinals who came out on top in the dual meet by a score of 155-107.

On the night, Scranton got things going with a win in the 200 freestyle relay, as the Royals took the event in a time of 1:41.21. The Royals' next win came in the 200-freestyle, where sophomore Christopher Whalen (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) won the event in a time of 1:49.99.

In the 100 breaststroke, junior Patrick Blaser (Doylestown, Pa. / Central Bucks West) was victorious, hitting the wall in 1:04.69, while in the 50-freestyle, freshman Raymond Diorio (Warren, N.J. / Watchung Hills) took the event in 22.50.

The last individual win on the evening for Scranton was recorded by sophomore Robert Kahrs (East Windsor, N.J./Notre Dame), who captured the 100-butterfly in 55.13.

The University of Scranton men's swimming & diving team will return to action on Saturday, hosting Landmark Conference rivals Juniata and Goucher in a tri dual meet inside the Byron Center. Action gets underway at 1 p.m.

Women's Swimming & Diving (3-0) 

The University of Scranton women's swimming & diving team opened its home slate in the Byron Center on Friday night in style, as the Royals got past visiting Catholic in a dual meet by a score of 153-109.

The Royals got things started on the right foot in the win, as the 200 medley relay team took the first event of the night in a time of 1:53.82.

Scranton then went on to capture its first individual event in the 200 freestyle, as sophomore Emma Ilseman (Naperville, Ill. / Naperville Central) was victorious in 1:22.00. Next in the 100 backstroke,sophomore Susan Neggia (Fair Lawn, N.J. / Immaculate Heart Academy) was the victor, hitting the wall in 1:03.09 to capture the event.

After the Royals struck out on victories in the next two individual events, junior Raquel Wasserman (Pound Ridge, N.Y. / The Fox Lane) won the 50 freestyle in a time of 25.41 to get Scranton back on track in the meet. Wasserman then was victorious in the 100 freestyle, hitting the wall in 56.41 to take the event.

Neggia then won the 200 backstroke in a time of 2:16.86 (to win the event by almost six seconds), while junior Erica Westlake (West Chester, Pa. / Academy of Notre Dame) was the winner in the 200 breaststroke in 2:35.43.

In the 500 freestyle, Scranton sophomore Susannah Ilseman (Naperville, Ill. / Naperville Central) won in 5:35.04, and sophomore Claire Mason (Livingston, N.J. / Mt. St. Dominic Academy) finished the individual end of the meet strong for the Royals with a win in the 200 IM in a time of 2:21.15.

The final event of the night was the 200 freestyle relay, and Scranton took the event in 1:42.42.

The University of Scranton women's swimming & diving team will return to action on Saturday, hosting Landmark Conference rivals Juniata and Goucher in a tri dual meet inside the Byron Center. Action gets underway at 1 p.m.

Women's Volleyball (22-15, 3-3 Landmark)

The University of Scranton volleyball team finished off its 2016 regular season in style this past week, taking four straight matches to end the regular year with at least 20 wins for the third straight season.

The week began on Wednesday, as the Royals hosted SUNY-Geneseo on Senior Night, prevailing in five sets (25-22, 20-25, 25-18, 24-26, 15-11). Before the match, the program honored its three seniors: Brittany and Danielle Cafero (Merrick, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) and Bailey Woods (Wallingford, Pa./Spring Ford).

In the win, sophomore Kristin Kirwan (Park Ridge, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) led the attack for Scranton, finishing with 16 kills to go along with 20 digs and four block-assists. Elsewhere, freshman Victoria Capogna (Farmingdale, N.Y./St. Anthony's) had a big match, finishing with 10 kills and nine blocks (one solo), while sophomore Megan Monastra (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) also finished with 10 kills.

Many of the attacks on the night were set up by Brittany Cafiero, who finished with 37 assists and 12 digs. During the match, Cafiero went over 3,000 assists for her career, making her one of just four players in program history to do so in their time at Scranton.

Scranton continued their winning ways at the Brockport Invitational on Friday and Saturday, as the Royals knocked off Fredonia in four sets Friday night, then bested Allegheny (in three sets) and host Brockport (in five sets) on Saturday.

History was made in the Fredonia win, as Kirwan set the school record for kills in a season with a 23-kill output in the four set win (25-16, 15-25, 25-21, 25-22), besting the previous record of 487, set by Marta DeLong in 2004.

The winning continued for Scranton on Saturday, as the Royals blew out Allegheny in three sets (25-20, 25-18, 25-13), then upset Brockport, roaring back from a 2-1 deficit in the contest to hand the Golden Eagles only their third loss of the season (25-17, 11-25, 23-25, 27-25, 15-7).

Kirwan was just as dominant on Saturday, finishing the afternoon with 43 kills in two victories to finish the regular season with 551 kills. The mark is a new Landmark Conference record, beating the previous mark of 525.

Elsewhere, Brittany Cafiero had 90 total assists on the day, as she finished the regular season with 1,059 assists. She is the sixth player in Scranton history to eclipse 1,000 assists in a single season. She now has three of the top 12 single-season assist totals in Scranton history.

The Royals now enter the postseason as the number four seed in the Landmark Conference Tournament, which will get underway on Wednesday night. Scranton will hit the road for the semifinals, taking on top-seeded Juniata at 7 p.m.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Tuesday, Nov. 1
Women's soccer – vs. Susquehanna, Landmark Conference semifinal (7 p.m.)

Wednesday, Nov. 2
Men's soccer – vs. Drew, Landmark Conference semifinal (7 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – at Juniata, Landmark Conference semifinal (7 p.m.)

Saturday, Nov. 5
Men's soccer – Landmark Conference championship (TBA)
Women's soccer – Landmark Conference championship (TBA)
Women's volleyball – Landmark Conference championship (TBA)
Men's swimming & diving – vs. Goucher & Juniata (1 p.m.)
Women's swimming & diving – vs. Goucher & Juniata (1 p.m.)

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