Royal Review: September 5-10

Royal Review: September 5-10

Men's Soccer (4-0)

The University of Scranton men's soccer team stayed unbeaten with wins at King's and 13th-ranked Cortland State.

Against King's on Wednesday, Sept. 6, sophomore midfielders Jon Roberts (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Immaculata-Somerville) and Christian Savino (Downingtown, Pa./Malvern Prep) scored first-half goals to lift The University of Scranton men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory

On Saturday, the Royals secured a victory over Cortland in a double overtime match, avenging a loss to the Red Dragons in the second round of last year's NCAA Tournament.

Senior Connor Casey's (Hatfield, Pa./ LaSalle College H.S.) shot inside the left post gave the Royals the win in the second overtime. Kyle Robbins (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) scored Scranton's first goal in the 36th minute. It was Robbins' third successful PK in three attempts this season. 

Sophomore goalkeeper Blake Hammert (Archbald, Pa./Scranton Prep) had eight saves, two of which came in the first overtime.

The Royals return to action on Tuesday, Sept. 12, when they travel to Dallas, Pa. to take on Misericordia at 7 p.m.

Women's Cross Country

Freshman Abigail Corrigan (Carbondale, Pa./Holy Cross) won the individual title at Saturday's Ron Stonitsch Invitational at Vassar College. She finished the 5,000 meter race in 19:04.4, more than 13 seconds faster than the second-place finisher.

Following Corrigan was freshman Abigail Guziewicz (Carbondale, Pa./Holy Cross) placing 32nd in 20:28.07 and sophomore Amy Kaiser (Downingtown, Pa./ Downingtown STEM Academy) placing 43rd in 20:54.7, a personal best.

Senior Elaine House (New Providence N.J./New Providence) and junior Emily Carr (Elmhurst, Pa./Scranton Prep) rounded out the Royal's top five both with personal bests. The Royals placed sixth out of eight teams, totaling 145 points.

The women's cross country team is back in action on Saturday, Sept. 16, when they run in the Cougar Classic at Misericordia at 10:30 a.m. in Dallas, Pa.

Men's Cross Country

Sophomore Eric Bartlett (Sayville, N.Y. /Sayville) was the first Royal to cross the finish line, placing 45th in Saturday's Ron Stonitsch Invitational at Vassar College. He completed the 6,000 meter course in 20:37.2, a career best.

Following Bartlett was freshman Zachary Mead, (Montrose, Pa./ Montrose) placing 54th in 20:48.2 and senior Schuyler Smith, (Towanda, Pa./ Towanda) placing 60th in 20:54, a personal best.

Senior David de Leon (Jersey City, N.J./ St. Peter's Prep) and sophomore Zachary Gutekunst (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) rounded out the Royal's top five. The Royals placed fifth out of ten teams, totaling 174 points.

The men's cross country team is back in action on Saturday, Sept. 16, when they run in the Cougar Classic at Misericordia at 10:30 a.m. in Dallas, Pa.

Women's Volleyball (9-0)

The University of Scranton volleyball team continued their solid play on the early season this past week, as the Royals went 5-0 overall to push their record to 9-0 on the year. The 9-0 start for Scranton matches the second-best start in program history, as well.

First on Wednesday against Franklin & Marshall at home, the Royals battled back from a 2-0 deficit, taking the match in five sets (14-25, 12-25, 25-19, 25-16, 15-10).

In the win, junior Megan Monastra (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) slammed home a career-high 16 kills to pace the Royals attack. Elsewhere, fellow junior Kristin Kirwan (Park Ridge, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) had another strong night for Scranton, finishing with 14 kills and 18 digs.

On Friday and Saturday, Scranton headed to the Cougar Classic at Kean University and was dominant, winning three of four matches on the week in straight sets. On Friday night, the Royals rolled through Hood (25-20, 25-16, 25-16) and SUNY-Plattsburgh (25-8, 25-17, 25-19) in straight sets.

In the Hood victory, Monastra led the attack again for Scranton, finishing with a match-high 10 kills, while against SUNY-Plattsburgh, Kirwan had 17 kills, while hitting .406 on the attack. Elsewhere, freshman setter Kindler Norman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) finished with a match-high 28 assists.

It was more of the same for the Royals on Saturday, as they disposed of host Kean in three sets (25-23, 25-17, 25-17), then knocked off NYU in four games (25-13, 25-20, 25-27, 25-19) to end the weekend unbeaten.

Against Kean, Kirwan led the Royals with 13 kills and 11 digs while senior outside hitter Morgan Rentzheimer (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) had six kills and 10 digs, while in the NYU match, Kirwan clinched MVP honors at the Cougar Classic with 20 kills and 12 digs.

Elsewhere, Norman finished with 58 assists, the most of her young Scranton career to date. She also matched Kirwan for a team-high in digs with 12, earning All-Tournament honors at the Cougar Classic.

The University of Scranton volleyball team returns to action on Wednesday, traveling to SUNY-Cortland for a non-conference match. First serve is set for 6 p.m.

Women's Soccer (2-2-0)

The University of Scranton women's soccer team dropped a pair of matches during the week, falling to Swarthmore, 3-2 in double overtime, on Wednesday evening, and dropping a 3-0 decision against Western Connecticut State on Saturday.

In the loss to Swarthmore, the Royals received goals from junior forward Jamie Hreniuk (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) and freshman forward Corinne McDonald (Chalfont, Pa./Central Bucks South). Junior goalkeeper Colleen Berry (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) also had a career-high 13 saves in the defeat.

On Saturday against Western Connecticut State, Scranton had a couple early chances, but could not break through. The Colonials scored once in the first half, then put the game away with two second-half goals.

The women's soccer team will be back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 13, when the Royals host crosstown rival Marywood at 7 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.

Field Hockey (3-0)

The University of Scranton field hockey team pushed its record to 3-0 on the young season with a dominating 5-2 win at William Paterson on Wednesday night.

In the victory, Scranton fell behind early 1-0, but senior Meredith Campbell (Media, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) put the Royals on the scoreboard after scoring her fifth goal of the year in the 31st minute, tying the game up at 1-1.

After intermission, Scranton surged ahead, scoring four goals in the second period to put William Paterson away. Three goals in the second half were scored by junior Elizabeth Tolley (Brookside, N.J./West Morris Mendham), who netted her first career hat trick in the victory. The other score of the second half was tallied by freshman Megan Gallagher (Thorndale, Pa./Bishop Shanahan), as Scranton outshot William Paterson, 22-3, in the victory.

The University of Scranton field hockey team returns to action on Tuesday, hosting Misericordia at Fitzpatrick Field in another non-conference match-up. Things get underway at 7 p.m.

Men's Golf (1-0)

The men's golf team opened its season with a 331-390 victory over Misericordia on Thursday, Sept. 7, at Irem Temple Country Club in Dallas, Pa.

Junior Brett Lubba (Pompton Plains, N.J./Pequannock Township) shot a 5-over-par 77 to take home medalist honors. Scranton also received an 84 from senior David Harris (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) and a pair of 85s from senior Frank Argenti (East Islip, N.Y./East Islip) and Griffin Lubba (Pompton Plains, N.J./Pequannock Township).

The men's golf team is back in action on Thursday, Sept. 14, when the Royals host Marywood and Keystone at 1 p.m. at Glenmaura National Golf Club.

Women's Golf (3-1)

The women's golf team split a pair of matches against Marywood and Wilkes on Friday, Sept. 8, at Scranton Municipal Golf Course. The Royals lost a close match with Marywood, 3-2, and defeated Wilkes, 4-0, in the match play event.

The Royals (2-1) received wins in each match from senior Julie Cranney (Exton, Pa./Downingtown East) and sophomore Brianna Stein (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge).

In the win over Wilkes, Cranney was a 9 & 8 winner at no. 3 while Stein matched that score at no. 2. Senior Katie Allen (New Milford, Conn./Immaculate Heart School) posted a 7 & 6 win at no. 1, and junior Maura McDonough (Dunmore, Pa./Holy Cross) was a 9 & 8 winner at no. 4.

Against Marywood, Stein posted an impressive 5 & 4 win at no. 2 while Cranney pulled out a 1-up victory at no. 3. But the Pacers snuck out close wins in the final two matches to pull out the victory.

The Royals will be back in action on Thursday, Sept. 14, when they host Marywood at 1 p.m. at Glenmaura National Golf Club.

Women's Tennis (1-0)

The University of Scranton women's tennis team opened their 2017-18 campaign on Saturday at home against Pratt and rolled to a 9-0 victory.

In the win, senior Julia Frattaroli (Newtown, Conn./Newtown), sophomore Sakira Fussner (Kemptown, Pa./Kutztown Area) and freshman Kristen Denniston (Hawley, Pa./Wallenpaupack) each posted singles and doubles victories to lead the Royals.

The University of Scranton women's tennis team will return to action on Tuesday when they host Lycoming at 4 p.m. at Royal Courts.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Tuesday, Sept. 12
Women's tennis – vs. Lycoming (4 p.m.)
Field hockey – vs. Misericordia (7 p.m.)
Men's soccer – at Misericordia (7 p.m.)

Wednesday, Sept. 13
Women's volleyball – at Cortland State (6 p.m.)
Women's soccer – vs. Marywood (7 p.m.)

Thursday, Sept. 14
Women's golf – vs. Marywood, Glenmaura National G.C. (1 p.m.)
Men's golf – vs. Marywood & Keystone, Glenmaura National G.C. (1 p.m.)
Field hockey – at King's (7 p.m.)

Friday, Sept. 15
Women's tennis – at Lebanon Valley (4 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – vs. Mt. St. Mary (N.Y.), at Ramapo (4 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – vs. St. Joseph's (L.I.), at Ramapo (8 p.m.)

Saturday, Sept. 16
Men's cross country – at Cougar Classic, at Misericordia (10:30 a.m.)
Women's cross country – at Cougar Classic, at Misericordia (10:30 a.m.)
Women's volleyball – at Muhlenberg (11 a.m.)
Field hockey – vs. Arcadia (1 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – vs. Stockton, at Muhlenberg (1 p.m.)
Women's soccer – at Farmingdale State (1 p.m.)
Women's tennis – vs. East Stroudsburg (1 p.m.)
Men's soccer – vs. Lycoming (3 p.m.)

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