Royal Review: Sept. 18-24

The volleyball team capped off a 15-0 season at home in the regular season with a 3-0 win over Penn State Berks on Tuesday night.
The volleyball team capped off a 15-0 season at home in the regular season with a 3-0 win over Penn State Berks on Tuesday night.

Women's Volleyball (17-1)

The University of Scranton volleyball team rolled over four opponents over the weekend, as the Royals bested Marywood, Keystone and Lycoming in three sets, while beating John Jay in four sets to push their record to 17-1 on the year, continuing the best start in program history.

On Friday, Scranton kicked off their weekend slate with a 3-0 win over Marywood (25-19, 25-19, 25-9). In the win, the Royals used a balanced attack in the win, paced by sophomore Kate Calabro (Seaford, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial), who finished with nine kills, while hitting .467. Freshman Jillian Graham (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) chipped in with five kills, as fellow freshman Kyra Bevenour (Sicklerville, N.J./Washington Township) finished with a match-high 22 assists.

In their second match on Friday, Scranton got past visiting John Jay in four sets (21-25, 25-11, 25-15, 25-20). Overall, Graham had a huge match on the Scranton attack against John Jay, finishing with 20 kills and 10 digs. Calabro chipped in with 11 kills, while Bevenour set up the Royals attack all match, finishing with 40 assists.

Scranton got back at early Saturday morning against Keystone, and the Royals Scranton rallied late in each set to take the three-set victory (25-17, 25-22, 25-19). Sophomore Victoria Capogna (Farmingdale, N.Y./St. Anthony's) and junior Kristin Kirwan (Park Ridge, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) each had nine kills on the attack for the Royals in the Keystone match. The Royals attack was set up by freshman Kindler Norman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair), who finished with 30 assists. On defense, freshman libero Regina Schetroma (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) had 14 digs to lead the way.

In their final match of the weekend, Scranton made quick work of Lycoming in a three-set win (25-9, 25-17, 25-21), which was their 11th three-set victory of the season. In the victory, Kirwan was dominant on the attack, finishing with 19 kills. The junior now has 1,081 kills for her career, which puts her eighth all-time in the category in program history.

Norman once again was impressive setting up the Royals' attack, finishing with 35 assists, while on defense, Schetroma led the way with 13 digs.

The University of Scranton volleyball team returns to action on Tuesday evening, as they host SUNY-Oneonta in their final non-conference match before leaping into Landmark Conference play next weekend. First serve at the John Long Center is set for 6 p.m.

Field Hockey (8-0, 1-0 Landmark)

The field hockey team remained unbeaten with a pair of victories last week, including a win in the team's Landmark Conference opener.

The Royals opened the week by rallying for a 2-1 win at Marywood on Tuesday, Sept. 19. The opening frame remained scoreless for both teams. Freshman goalie Jenna Cyr (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) had two saves in the first half to keep Marywood off the scoreboard.

Marywood took a 1-0 lead in the second half, scoring in the 50th minute. Senior Meredith Campbell (Media, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) responded by scoring her eighth goal of the season to tie up the game. With 1:42 left freshman Megan Gallagher (Thorndale, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) scored from 18-yards out, her second game-winner of her freshman campaign.

On Saturday, Sept. 23, Scranton opened Landmark Conference play by routing Moravian, 7-0, in Bethlehem, Pa. Campbell scored Scranton's first two goals and added a third to close out the period. Junior Elizabeth Tolley (Brookside, N.J./West Morris Mendham), senior Ryan Jones (Randolph, N.J./Randolph), and freshman Annie Amentler (Drums, Pa./Hazleton Area) all had goals in the first half. 

Campbell had two assists in the first half, followed by Tolley, Jones, and sophomore Grace McClatchy (Havertown, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) who each had assists in the frame. Tolley scored the final goal after an assist from McClatchy. Tolley and Campbell share the team-lead for goals with 11 each this season.

The field hockey team returns to action on Tuesday, Sept. 26, when the Royals host Wilkes at 7 p.m. in a non-conference match at Fitzpatrick Field.

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

The men's soccer team suffered a pair of losses during the week, including a defeat in the team's Landmark Conference opener.

On Wednesday, Sept. 20, the Royals suffered a 1-0 loss in overtime to 23rd-ranked Haverford at Fitzpatrick Field. The match ended with a successful free kick from Haverford's Nick Janelli from just outside the left corner of the penalty box.

Haverford took five shots the first half with only one on net, saved by Scranton sophomore goalie Blake Hammert (Archbald, Pa./Scranton Prep). In the second half sophomore keeper Everett Minchew (Marlton, N.J./Camden Catholic) kept the game scoreless by making five saves.

Overall, Haverford outshot Scranton in the match, 17-14, and had a 7-5 edge on corner kicks. Senior Connor Casey (Hatfield, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.) took four shots on net in efforts to get the Royals on the scoreboard.

On Saturday, Sept. 23, the Royals suffered a 2-0 loss to Moravian in the Landmark Conference opener for both teams. The Royals had a 17-8 edge in shots and an 11-1 advantage in corner kicks, but the Greyhounds found the back of the net twice for the win.

Senior Connor Casey (Hatfield, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.) had four shots, followed by junior Michael Donnelly (Mahopac, N.Y./John F. Kennedy) and freshman Matt Bolock (Cresco, Pa./Pocono Mountain East) who each had three.

The men's soccer team will be back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 27, when the Royals host Wilkes in a non-conference match at 7 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.

Women's Soccer (5-2-1)

The women's soccer team posted a win and a draw in two matches during the week, including a victory in the Landmark Conference opener.

On Tuesday, Sept. 19, the Royals traveled to the Bronx, N.Y. and battled New York University to a 0-0 draw in double overtime. Junior goalkeeper Colleen Berry (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) made 10 saves, including one in each overtime, to secure the draw for the Royals.

On Saturday, Sept. 23, Scranton opened Landmark Conference play with a 1-0 win over Moravian at Fitzpatrick Field. Junior Erica Licari (Saint James, N.Y./Smithtown East) scored on a penalty kick in the 60th minute for the only goal of the match. Berry made two saves for her fifth shutout of the season.

The women's soccer team will be back in action on Tuesday, Sept. 23, when the Royals travel to Edwardsville, Pa. to take on Wilkes at 4:30 p.m.

Men's Golf (4-1)

The men's golf team posted a pair of victories during the week, defeating King's, 314-334, on Tuesday, and knocking off Keystone, 314-426, on Friday.

In the win over King's, junior Kyle Hayes (East Norwich, N.Y./Oyster Bay) shot a 5-over-par 76 to take medalist honors in the match at Glenmaura National Golf Club. Hayes was one of three Royals to break 80 on the day. He was joined by freshman Thomas McAuliffe (Reiserstown, Md./Loyola-Blakefield), who shot a 7-over-par 78, and junior Brett Lubba (Pompton Plains, N.J./Pequannock Township), who added an 8-over 79.

Against Keystone, senior Matthew Kane (Berkeley Heights, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) shot a 4-over-par 75 to earn medalist honors at Stonehedge Golf Course. Junior Erik Ridley (Allentown, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) gave Scranton two rounds in the 70s with a 7-over 78.

The men's golf team is back in action on Thursday, Sept. 28, when the Royals face Wilkes and King's at 1 p.m. at Huntsville Golf Club in Dallas, Pa.

Women's Golf (3-1)

The women's golf team finished third at the Landmark Conference Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 23, at Susquehanna Valley Country Club. It was the highest finish by a school in the Landmark Conference.

Senior Katie Allen (New Milford, Conn./Immaculate High School) recorded the first eagle in University of Scranton women's golf history to help the Royals finish third. She holed out from the fairway on a par 4 for the historic moment, part of a round of 101.

Sophomore Brianna Stein (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) led Scranton with a 95. Senior Julie Cranney (Exton, Pa./Downingtown East) shot 100, while junior Maura McDonough (Dunmore, Pa./Holy Cross) had 102 and her twin sister, Maggie McDonough (Dunmore, Pa./Holy Cross), finished with 103.

The women's golf team is back on the course on Sunday, Oct. 1, when the Royals face Misericordia at 1 p.m. at Irem Temple Country Club in Dallas, Pa.

Women's Tennis (4-0)

The University of Scranton women's tennis team won its lone match on the week at Marywood, and two student-athletes took part in the ITA Northeast Regionals at Skidmore over the weekend, as well.

Against Marywood, the Royals rolled to a 9-0 victory over their crosstown rivals. In the win, junior Emilia Jakubek (Honesdale, Pa./Scranton Prep) and sophomore Emily Kelly (West Chester, Pa./B. Reed Henderson) both had singles and doubles victories to lead the Royals to a dominating victory that pushed their record on the Fall season to 4-0.

Over the weekend, senior Julia Frattaroli (Newtown, Conn./Newtown) and sophomore Nastashia DeNunzio (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) took part in the ITA Northeast Regionals at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

After dropping matches on Friday, Frattaroli advanced in the consolation bracket in singles on Saturday with an 8-2 win over Dina Ringes of William Smith. On Sunday, Frattaroli made a run all the way to the championship match of the consolation bracket, winning three matches on the day. Her run, however, was ended in the title match by Natalia Pezzuco of Union in a three-set thriller (2-6, 6-4, 10-3).

Frattaroli and the rest of The University of Scranton women's tennis team return to action on Tuesday, traveling to Lebanon Valley for a 4:30 p.m. start.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Monday, Sept. 25
Men's tennis – at Marywood (4 p.m.)

Tuesday, Sept. 26
Women's soccer – at Wilkes (4:30 p.m.)
Women's tennis – at Lebanon Valley (4:30 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – vs. Oneonta State (6 p.m.)
Field hockey – vs. Wilkes (7 p.m.)

Wednesday, Sept. 27
Men's soccer – vs. Wilkes (7 p.m.)

Thursday, Sept. 28
Men's golf – at Wilkes, w/King's, Huntsville G.C., Dallas, Pa. (1 p.m.)

Friday, Sept. 29
Men's cross country – at Paul Short Invitational, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa. (TBA)
Women's cross country – at Paul Short Invitational, Lehigh Universith, Bethlehem, Pa. (TBA)

Saturday, Sept. 30
Men's golf – at Landmark Conference Fall Invitational, Glenmaura National G.C., Moosic, Pa. (11 a.m.)
Women's soccer – at Elizabethtown (12 p.m.)
Field hockey – vs. Elizabethtown (1 p.m.)
Women's tennis – vs. Messiah (1 p.m.)
Men's tennis – vs. Messiah (1 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – vs. Catholic (4 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – vs. Goucher (6:30 p.m.)
Men's soccer – at Elizabethtown (7 p.m.)

Sunday, Oct. 1
Women's golf – at Misericordia, Irem Temple C.C., Dallas, Pa. (1 p.m.)

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