Royal Review: November 7-13

Senior Michael Bergen had two assists in the Royals' win on Saturday.
Senior Michael Bergen had two assists in the Royals' win on Saturday.

Men's Soccer (15-4-1)

The University of Scranton men's soccer team had its 2016 season come to an end on Sunday night, as the Royals dropped a tough 2-1 decision at SUNY-Cortland in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Scranton advanced to the second round for the second straight season a day earlier, as the Royals beat Penn State-Behrend on Saturday night in the opening round, 2-1.

In the Penn State-Behrend match, junior Gavin Coutts (Mendham, N.J./West Morris Mendham) broke a 1-1 tie late in regulation, scoring the game-winner off an assist from senior Michael Bergen (Newtown, Pa./Pennington School) with 3:50 left, lifting the Royals to the victory.

Scranton took a 1-0 lead into intermission on a goal by junior Connor Casey (Hatfield, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.), off another assist by Bergen. On a chilly night, Scranton ended the match outshooting PSU-Behrend, 8-5, and held a 6-1 edge on corner kicks, as well.

In the Cortland match on Sunday night, the Royals fell behind, 2-0, at halftime. But, in the second half almost completed a comeback to tie the match before falling just short in the one goal loss.

Down by two scores, Casey for the second straight day, this time in the 58th minute off an assist from senior Henry Bonilla (Fairless Hills, Pa./Pennington School), slicing Cortland's lead down to 2-1. But, the Royals could not find the equalizer late in the contest, just missing on several occasions throughout the last 30 minutes of action.

Despite dropping Sunday's match, it was another successful season for the Royals, as they both won the Landmark Conference championship and captured a match in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season.

The 15 victories are also the most for a Scranton team in a season since 2012, and is only the third time since the 1993 season that the Royals won at least 15 contests in a single season, as well.

Women's Soccer (17-1-2)

The women's soccer team made its 16th appearance in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, but was eliminated in penalty kicks after the Royals tied Connecticut College, 1-1, at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md.

The Royals trailed for most of the match, but senior midfielder Kelly Egan (Essex Fells, N.J./West Essex) scored in the 82nd minute. The game remained tied through a pair of overtime periods, forcing a penalty kick shootout to determine which team would advance to the second round. After the five-round shootout, each team was successful three times, forcing sudden death. The Camels converted their kick in the sixth round, but the Royals could not match.

Scranton finishes its season with a 17-1-2 record, the first time since 2003 that the Royals finished the season with just one loss.

Men's Cross Country

Senior Jimmy Buckley (Belle Harbor, N.Y./Xavier) finished 76th to lead The University of Scranton men's cross country team at the NCAA Mideast Regional on Saturday afternoon at DeSales University.

The Royals finished 22nd in the 52-team field, totaling 670 points. Johns Hopkins won the team title in dramatic fashion, edging Haverford, 64-65. Scranton's finish matches its finish from last season and is just the third time since 2010 that the Royals have finished in the top 25 at the regional meet.

Buckley completed the 8,000-meter course in 26:38, just seven seconds off his career-best time for that distance. He finishes his career having led the Royals in all seven events this season.

Freshman Eric Bartlett (Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) was the second Royal across the line, finishing 106th in 27:02, his best 8,000-meter time of the season. Fellow freshman Zachary Gutekunst (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) finished 160th with a time of 27:39.

Junior David de Leon (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter's Prep) finished 163rd with a time of 27:42. Junior Nick Peragine (Brooklyn, N.Y./Xavier) was 171st in 27:48, while senior Marc Kalny (Lynbrook, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) was one second behind in 172nd to round out the top five spots in the lineup in the team's final event of the 2016 season.

Women's Cross Country

Senior Patricia Hoffman (Jamison, Pa./Mt. St. Joseph Academy) completed an impressive senior season by finishing 69th to lead The University of Scranton women's cross country team at the NCAA Mideast Regional on Saturday at DeSales University.

Hoffman led the Royals in all seven events this season, including Saturday when she helped the team finish 25th with 775 points. Johns Hopkins ran away with the team title, finishing with just 38 points. Hoffman completed the 6,000-meter course in 23:44 while improving 44 spots from her finish a season ago.

Sophomore Emily Carr (Elmhurst, Pa./Scranton Prep) was the second Scranton runner across the line, finishing 154th with a time of 25:01. Freshman Amy Kaiser (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown STEM Academy) was next, finishing 174th in 25:17.

Junior Elaine House (New Providence, N.J./New Providence) finished 182nd with a time of 25:27, and senior Kathryn Hoffman (Jamison, Pa./Mt. St. Joseph Academy) finished 213th in 25:54 to round out Scranton's top five in the team's final event of the 2016 season.

Men's Swimming (3-1)

The University of Scranton men's swimming & diving team lost to Dickinson in a dual meet on Saturday inside the Byron Center, falling by a score of 171-91.

On the day, Scranton was only able to win two events overall. In the 50-freestyle, freshman Raymond Diorio (Warren, N.J./Watchung Hills) was victorious, taking the event in 22.55.

The Royals 200-freestyle relay team of sophomore's Brayan Winiarz (Long Pond, Pa./Evergreen Community), Christopher Whalen (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip), senior Justyn Irizarry (Metuchen, N.J./John F. Kennedy Memorial) and Diorio was able to end the meet for Scranton on a high note, as they won the event in 1:30.29.

Elsewhere, Whalen finished second in the 200-freestyle (1:51.41) and 100-freestyle (49.97), while freshman Joseph Cavanaugh (Staten Island, N.Y./St. Peters) was second in the 200-butterfly to round out the top performances on the day for Scranton.

The University of Scranton men's swimming & diving team returns to action Saturday, as they go across town to Marywood for another dual meet. Action gets underway at 1 p.m.

Women's Swimming & Diving (5-0) 

The University of Scranton women's swimming & diving team narrowly lost their first dual meet of the season on Saturday at home against Dickinson, falling 133.5-128.5.

In the meet, the first individual win of the day for Scranton was notched in the 100-backstroke by sophomore Susan Neggia (Fair Lawn, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy), who captured the event in 1:02.79. Next in the 100-breaststroke, freshman Jenna Harper (Easton, Pa./Easton) narrowly won the event, hitting the wall in 1:11.71.

The next win for the Royals came in the 50-freestyle, as junior Raquel Wasserman (Pound Ridge, N.Y./The Fox Den) won another event in a dual meet, taking it with a time of 23.35. Wasserman then became a two-time winner on the day, winning the next event on the program - the 100-freestyle - in 55.53.

Scranton's next victory on the day came in the 200-breaststroke, as sophomore Claire Mason (Livingston, N.J./Mt. St. Dominic Academy) hit the wall in 2:34.49 to win the event by almost two seconds. Mason then won the final individual event of the day, the 200-IM, in 2:18.71.

The Royals ended the day on a high note, as the 200-freestyle relay team was narrowly victorious, winning the event by two-tenths of a second (1:43.05). Wasserman was able to close out the event for Scranton in winning fashion, swimming the anchor in 24.85 to take it.

The University of Scranton women's swimming & diving team returns to action Saturday, as they go across town to Marywood for another dual meet. Action gets underway at 1 p.m.

Wrestling (5-0)

The wrestling team went 5-0 during the week in its first dual match action of the season, marking just the second time in program history the Royals have opened a season with five straight wins. The other time came in 1986-87.

The Royals began the week with a 39-6 victory at Keystone on Thursday, Nov. 10. Junior Nicholas DePierro (Manalapan, N.J./Freehold) got the Royals started with a pin at 125 pounds and junior Zachary D'Apolito (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Valley Senior) added a pin at 174, as did freshman Keegan Connelly (Schnecksville, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) at 197.

Sophomore Daniel D'Agostini (Allentown, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) rolled to a technical fall, 20-3, at 184 pounds, and freshman John Sheedy (Somerset, N.J./Bishop George Ahr H.S.) won by major decision, 17-5, at 149 pounds.

On Saturday, Nov. 12, Scranton defended its home turf by winning all four matches to take the team title in the Electric City Duals in the Long Center. The Royals posted wins of 37-6 over Temple, 29-9 over Castleton and 53-3 over Maryland-Baltimore County before tying Oneonta State at 22-22. The Royals won the match on a tiebreaker by virtue of scoring 35 points to Oneonta State's 29 in all matches not decided by pin.

D'Agostini was named Most Outstanding Wrestler after his pin at 184 pounds against Oneonta State turned out to be the key victory against the Red Dragons.

Evans made school history by going 4-0 on the day to become just the second wrestler in Scranton history to reach 100 career victories. He joins Darren Buseman, who finished with 125 wins from 1999-2003.

Evans, Sheedy and freshman 141-pounder T.J. Conlon (Long Branch, N.J./Long Branch) each finished the day with a 4-0 record, while DePierro, D'Agostini and senior heavyweight Salvatore Monturi (Clark, N.J./Arthur L. Johnson) each had three victories.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Friday, Nov. 18
Men's basketball – Hilton Scranton Invitational, Bard vs. Penn State-Abington (5:30 p.m.)
Men's basketball – Hilton Scranton Invitational, Royals vs. Sarah Lawrence (7:30 p.m.)

Saturday, Nov. 19
Wrestling – at Green Terror Duals, McDaniel College (9 a.m.)
Men's swimming & diving – at Marywood (1 p.m.)
Women's swimming & diving – at Marywood (1 p.m.)
Men's basketball – Hilton Scranton Invitational, consolation game (2 p.m.)
Men's basketball – Hilton Scranton Invitational, championship game (4 p.m.)
Women's basketball – vs. TBA, at Rochester University (3 or 8 p.m.)

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