Royal Review: Sept. 11-17

Senior Ryan Jones scored her second goal of the season in the first half, as Scranton went on to take a 2-1 victory over Albright on Tuesday night to remain unbeaten at 11-0.
Senior Ryan Jones scored her second goal of the season in the first half, as Scranton went on to take a 2-1 victory over Albright on Tuesday night to remain unbeaten at 11-0.

Field Hockey (6-0)

The field hockey team continued its unbeaten start to the season, posting a trio of victories during the week. The Royals started with a 5-1 win over Misericordia at home on Tuesday, Sept. 12, then posted a 4-0 win at King's two days later before holding off Arcadia, 1-0, on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Fitzpatrick Field.

In the win over Misericordia, junior Elizabeth Tolley (Brookside, N.J./West Morris Mendham) scored four goals in the second half to lead the way. Scranton trailed 1-0 entering the second half before senior Ryan Jones (Randolph, N.J. /Randolph) assisted fellow senior Meredith Campbell (Media, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) to get Scranton on the scoreboard. Tolley then took over the game, scoring four straight goals and securing the Royals victory.

In the win at King's, the Royals played a strong second half to secure the win. Freshman Megan Gallagher (Thorndale, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) scored in the opening frame off an assist from junior Katherine McVeagh (Flourtown, Pa./Springfield Township). It was Gallagher's third goal this season.

The score remained 1-0 entering intermission as the Royals held off two shots from King's, neither of which were on goal. Tolley scored two goals in the second half, assisted by sophomore Grace McClatchy (Havertown, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) and Jones. Sophomore Nicolette Keale (Wall Township, N.J./Wall) scored Scranton's final goal in the 66th minute, unassisted.

Against Arcadia, senior Meredith Campbell's (Media, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) goal along with a strong defensive performance led Scranton to a 1-0 shutout.

Campbell put away her seventh goal of the season in the 26th minute after taking a pass and dribbling 20 yards to the net. The Royals closed out the first half strong defensively and continued the momentum in the second half.

Scranton defense, led by senior Jessica Kaplowitz (Glenmont, N.Y./Bethlehem Central), allowed only two shots in both the first and second half, none of which were on goal.

The field hockey team is back in action on Tuesday, Sept. 19, when the Royals travel across town to face Marywood at 7 p.m.

Men's Soccer (5-1)

The men's soccer team split a pair of matches last week, defeating Misericordia, 2-0, on Tuesday, Sept. 12, and dropping a 3-1 decision to sixth-ranked Lycoming on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Fitzpatrick Field.

Against Misericordia, senior Connor Casey (Hatfield, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.) and junior Kieran Bracken (Stamford, Conn./South Kent) scored second-half goals. Casey opened up the second half with a goal assisted by senior Gavin Coutts (Mendham, N.J./West Morris Mendham) to score his third goal of the season. In the 67th minute Bracken scored his second goal of the season, unassisted, to put the Royals up 2-0. Scranton's defense controlled the rest of the match allowing only four shots, none of which were on goal.

Against Lycoming, the men's soccer team suffered a hard-fought loss when the Warriors scored twice late in the contest. The Royals' goal came in the second half when junior defender Michael Donnelly (Mahopac, N.Y./John F. Kennedy) got free after taking a pass from sophomore midfielder Riley Smith (New Hope, Pa./New Hope Solebury).

The men's soccer team returns to action on Wednesday, Sept. 20, when the Royals host nationally ranked Haverford at 7:30 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.

Women's Cross Country

Freshman Abigail Corrigan (Carbondale, Pa./Holy Cross) won her second straight individual title at Misercordia's Cougar Classic on Saturday, Sept. 16. She ran the 6,000-meter race in 23:14.92, finishing over 33 seconds before second-place Clare Schoen of Misericordia.

Following Corrigan was freshman Abigail Guziewicz (Carbondale, Pa./Holy Cross) placing 13th in 26:16.96, senior Elaine House (New Providence, N.J./New Providence) placing 20th in 27:07.46, and freshman Kerri Rafter (West Chester, Pa./West Chester East) placing 21st in 27:15.29.

Junior Emily Carr (Elmhurst, Pa./Scranton Prep) rounded out the team's top five finishing 26th in 27:46.27.

The women's cross country team will be back in action on Friday, Sept. 29, when the Royals run in the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.

Men's Cross Country

Senior Schuyler Smith's (Towanda, Pa./Towanda) and freshman Zachary Mead's (Montrose, Pa./Montrose) sixth- and seventh-place finishes led the men's cross country team to a second-place finish at Misercordia's Cougar Classic on Saturday, Sept. 16.

Smith finished the 8,000-meter course in 29:08.76 with Mead right behind in 29:12.09.

Following Mead was junior Zachary Gutekunst (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) placing ninth in 29:33.47 and freshman Jack Patwell (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia) placing 10th in 29:36.03. Senior Nick Peragine (Brooklyn, N.Y./Xavier) rounded out the team's top five finishing 11th in 29:48.52.

The men's cross country team will return to action on Friday, Sept. 29, when the Royals run in the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.

Women's Volleyball (13-1)

The University of Scranton volleyball team pushed its record to 13-1 on the season this past week, going 4-1 in five matches, all of which were played away from the John Long Center.

First on Wednesday at SUNY-Cortland, the Royals rallied back from a 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 victory on the road to push their record to 10-0 for the year. In the win, junior Kristin Kirwan (Park Ridge, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) went over 1,000 career kills on the night, finishing with match-best 23 kills.

Elsewhere in the Cortland win, junior Megan Monastra (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) finished with 13 kills, while freshman Kindler Norman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) had another big night, finishing with 52 assists. On defense, freshman libero Regina Schetroma (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) had a team-best 16 digs, while sophomore Victoria Capogna (Farmingdale, N.Y./St. Anthony's) finished the night with five blocks (three solos) up front.

On Friday, the Royals headed to the Roadrunner Invitational at Ramapo, and made quick work of Mt. St. Mary and St. Joseph's, winning both matches in three sets. With the victories, Scranton improved to 12-0, the best start to a season in program history.

In the Mt. St. Mary win,  the Royals were led on the attack by senior Kristen Sweeney (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown Heights), who had a match-best nine kills, while sophomore Capogna had seven kills, hitting .500 in the process. In the St. Joseph's victory, freshman Jillian Graham (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) led a balanced attack, finishing with nine kills, while fellow freshman Kyra Bevenour (Sicklerville, N.J./Washington Township) had 30 assists.

On Saturday, the Royals concluded the week heading to Muhlenberg for a tri-match against the host Mules and Stockton. Scranton kicked off the day by dropping a hard-fought five-set thriller to host Muhlenberg. In the defeat, Capogna led the attack with 12 kills, while senior Morgan Rentzheimer (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) posted nine kills and 17 digs. With her 17-dig effort, Rentzheimer went over 1,000 in digs for her career at the University. 

The Royals, however, bounced back against Stockton, taking a see-saw five-set affair to end the week on a high note. Monastra led the Scranton attack, finishing with 22 kills, while Kirwan ended the day with a 19-kill performance. Rentzheimer also pitched in with 10 kills. Meanwhile, Norman went over 50 in assists with 52 and led the defense with 19 digs, as well.

The University of Scranton volleyball team returns to action on Friday, hosting John Jay (4 p.m.) and Marywood (8 p.m.) in a tri-match at the John Long Center.

Women's Soccer (4-2-0)

The University of Scranton women's soccer team posted a pair of victories during the week, defeating Marywood, 6-2, on Wednesday, Sept. 13, and then knocking off Farmingdale State on the road, 1-0 in double overtime, on Saturday, Sept. 16.

In the win over Marywood, junior forward Jamie Hreniuk (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) had her first career hat trick, scoring three times in the opening 18 minutes. Senior midfielder Kelly Pompey (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep) added a pair of goals and freshman forward Corinne McDonald (Chalfont, Pa./Central Bucks South) also scored a goal.

The Royals also received a trio of assists from freshman forward Mazie Stiles (Nyack, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) and an assist from junior forward Erica Licari (Saint James, N.Y./Smithtown East) in the win over Marywood.

Against Farmingdale State, junior midfielder Brittany Uricchio (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) scored with 1:29 left in the second overtime to lift the Royals. Junior goalkeeper Colleen Berry (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) made five saves for her third career shutout.

The women's soccer team is back in action on Tuesday, Sept. 19, when the Royals take on New York University at 7 p.m. in the Bronx, N.Y.

Men's Golf (2-1)

The University of Scranton men's golf team split a tri-match against Keystone and Marywood on Thursday, Sept. 14, at Glenmaura National Golf Club. The Royals defeated Keystone, 337-446, and fell to Marywood, 305-337.

In the match, freshman Thomas McAuliffe (Reiserstown, Md./Loyola-Blakefield) made a hole-in-one on the 11th hole en route to shooting an 82 to lead the Royals. Scranton also received an 84 from senior Patrick King (Thornton, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep), an 85 from senior Michael Boland (Dallas, Pa./Holy Redeemer) and an 86 from sophomore Ian Connell (Dedham, Mass./Dedham) for the team's four scores.

The men's golf team is back in action on Tuesday, Sept. 19, when the Royals host King's and Wilkes at 1 p.m. at Glenmaura National Golf Club.

Women's Golf (3-1)

The University of Scranton women's golf team dropped its only match of the week, falling to Marywood, 3½-1½, on Thursday, Sept. 14, at Glenmaura National Golf Club.

Junior Maggie McDonough (Dunmore, Pa./Holy Cross) posted the lone win for Scranton, a 1-up victory at no. 5. Sophomore Brianna Stein (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) split her match at no. 2 for the team's other half point.

The women's golf team will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 23, when they travel to Selinsgrove, Pa. to compete in the Landmark Conference Fall Invitational at Susquehanna Valley Country Club.

Women's Tennis (3-0)

The University of Scranton women's tennis team grabbed a pair of victories at home last week, rolling past Lycoming (9-0) on Tuesday, then besting East Stroudsburg (5-3) on Saturday.

In the Lycoming match, senior Julia Frattaroli (Newtown, Conn./Newtown), junior Emilia Jakubek (Honesdale, Pa./Scranton Prep) and sophomores Nastashia DeNunzio (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) and Emily Kelly (West Chester, Pa./B. Reed Henderson) each posted a pair of victories as the Royals posted their second sweep in as many matches.

In the win over East Stroudsburg on Saturday, Scranton took control thanks to an 8-2 win at no. 1 doubles from Frattaroli and Kelly. The no. 2 doubles team of junior Jakubek and freshman Tatiana Klacko (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep) earned an 8-3 win, as did the no. 3 pairing of freshman Kristen Denniston (Hawley, Pa./Wallenpaupack) and junior Nora Murray (Belle Mead, N.J./Pennington School).

The Royals received singles victories from Jakubek, who was a 6-4, 6-0 winner at no. 2, and Kelly, who won 6-2, 6-2 at no. 3 to clinch the 5-3 victory.

The women's tennis team will be back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 20, when the Royals travel across town to take on Marywood at 4 p.m.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Tuesday, Sept. 19
Men's golf – vs. King's & Wilkes, Glenmaura National G.C., Moosic, Pa. (1 p.m.)
Field hockey – at Marywood (7 p.m.)
Women's soccer – at New York University (7 p.m.)

Wednesday, Sept. 20
Women's tennis – at Marywood (4 p.m.)
Men's soccer – vs. Haverford (7:30 p.m.)

Thursday, Sept. 21
Men's tennis – at Marywood (4 p.m.)

Friday, Sept. 22
Men's golf – at Keystone, Stone Hedge C.C., Factoryville, Pa. (1 p.m.)
Women's tennis – at ITA Regionals, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (TBA)
Women's volleyball – vs. Marywood (4 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – vs. John Jay (8 p.m.)

Saturday, Sept. 23
Women's tennis – at ITA Regionals, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (TBA)
Women's volleyball – vs. Keystone (9:30 a.m.)
Women's golf – at Landmark Conference Fall Invitational, Susquehanna Valley C.C., Selinsgrove, Pa. (12 p.m.)
Women's soccer – vs. Moravian (1 p.m.)
Field hockey – at Moravian (1 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – vs. Lycoming (3:30 p.m.)
Men's soccer – vs. Moravian (4 p.m.)

Sunday, Sept. 24
Women's tennis – at ITA Regionals, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (TBA) 

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