Royal Review: Oct. 2-8

For the first time in program history, the University of Scranton volleyball team will host a Landmark Conference semifinal match inside the John Long Center Wednesday, as they take on third-seeded Susquehanna.
For the first time in program history, the University of Scranton volleyball team will host a Landmark Conference semifinal match inside the John Long Center Wednesday, as they take on third-seeded Susquehanna.

Women's Volleyball (23-2, 2-0 Landmark)

The University of Scranton volleyball team had a successful weekend at the Leopard Invitational at the University of La Verne in California this past weekend, going 3-1 in four matches on Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, the Royals posted two victories, knocking off Whittier (3-1) and UC Santa Cruz (3-0). Against Whittier, junior Kristin Kirwan (Park Ridge, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) once again paced the Royals attack, finishing with 14 kills while adding 17 digs on defense, as well.

Sophomores Victoria Capogna (Farmingdale, N.Y./St. Anthony's) and Kate Calabro (Seaford, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) had seven kills apiece, while freshman Kindler Norman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) finished with 31 asssists. Freshman libero Regina Schetroma (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown East) finished the game with a match-high 31 digs, while up front, the Royals had seven total blocks.

In the UC Santa Cruz match, junior Megan Monastra (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) and senior Kristen Sweeney (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown Heights) led the attack with nine kills apiece, while freshman Kyra Bevenour (Sicklerville, N.J./Washington Township) finished with 32 assists. Bevenour also led the defense, finishing with 13 digs.

After dropping a 3-1 decision to Austin to open Saturday, Scranton fought back to beat host La Verne in five sets (3-2) to end the weekend on a high note. In the La Verne win, Scranton was led by Kirwan and Monastra, who each posted double-doubles in the victory. Kirwan had 17 kills, 15 digs, and four blocks (one solo), while Monastra finished with 15 kills, 17 digs, and three service aces.

For their efforts, Kirwan and Monastra were named to the Leopard Invitational All-Tournament team, while Kirwan was named the Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week for volleyball on Monday.

The University of Scranton volleyball team returns to action on Wednesday, traveling to Dickinson for a non-conference contest. First serve is set for 7 p.m.

Field Hockey (12-0, 3-0 Landmark)

The University of Scranton field hockey team continued their best start in program history this past week, as they knocked off Albright on Tuesday (2-0) and at Susquehanna on Saturday (7-0).

In the Albright win, seniors Ryan Jones (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) and Meredith Campbell (Media, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) scored goals as the Royals held off a late comeback bid by Albright to take the victory.

Recording an assist on the first goal was freshman Megan Gallagher (Thorndale, Pa./Bishop Shanahan), while sophomore Grace McClatchy (Havertown, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) and senior Hailey Marini (Slingerlands, N.Y./Guilderland Central) recorded assists on the second goal of the night.

On Saturday against Susquehanna, the Royals blew out the host River Hawks, scoring five goals in the first half to coast to the 400th victory in program history.

In the win, Campbell had three goals (all in the first half) and two assists to lead the offense. Scranton also received a pair of goals from McClatchy and a goal each from junior forward Elizabeth Tolley (Brookside, N.J./West Morris Mendham) and freshman midfielder Annie Amentler (Drums, Pa./Hazleton).

For her efforts, Campbell was named the Landmark Conference's Offensive Athlete of the Week for field hockey on Monday, marking the third straight week she has won the award.

The University of Scranton field hockey team returns to action on Wednesday night at home, hosting Landmark Conference foe Drew. Things get underway at 7 p.m.

Men's Soccer (7-5-0, 1-3-0 Landmark)

The University of Scranton men's soccer team dropped a pair of Landmark Conference matches this past week, losing at No. 24 Drew on Wednesday, 2-0, then 1-0 at home against Susquehanna on Saturday.

The Royals will be back in action on Tuesday night, traveling to Dickinson for a non-conference match on the road. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.

Women's Soccer (7-2-2, 3-0-0 Landmark)

The women's soccer team won its only match of the week, defeating Susquehanna, 3-0, on Saturday at Fitzpatrick Field to take sole possession of first place in the Landmark Conference.

Junior midfielder Taylor Stevens (Yardley, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) had a goal and an assist to spark the victory. Junior forward Jamie Hreniuk (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) and senior forward Kelly Pompey (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep) added goals in the victory. Junior goalkeeper Colleen Berry (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) made five saves for her seventh shutout of the season.

The win was a key one for the Royals, who came into the match ranked fifth in the United Soccer Coaches' Mid-Atlantic Region rankings, one spot ahead of Susquehanna. The rankings are an important factor in determining the field for the NCAA Tournament later this fall.

The women's soccer team will be back in action on Wednesday, Oct. 11, when the Royals travel to Drew for a Landmark Conference match at 7 p.m.

Women's Golf (4-2)

The women's golf team finished second in the Drew Invitational at Spring Brook Country Club in Morristown, N.J. on Tuesday, Oct. 3.

The Royals finished with a four-player total of 412, trailing only the host Drew's 354 total. Scranton edged third-place Goucher, which finished with 416 strokes. Juniata was fourth with 540 and FDU-Florham was fifth at 568.

Sophomore Brianna Stein (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) led Scranton with a 98 on the par-72 layout. Senior Julie Cranney (Exton, Pa./Downingtown East) shot 102, junior Maura McDonough (Dunmore, Pa./Holy Cross) had 104 and junior Maggie McDonough (Dunmore, Pa./Holy Cross) had 108 to round out the team's top four scores.

The women's golf team will conclude its fall schedule on Saturday, Oct. 21, when the Royals face Marywood at 11 a.m. at En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott, N.Y.

Women's Tennis (6-2)

The women's tennis team suffered its only two losses of the fall season last week, dropping matches to Wilkes, 8-1, on Tuesday, and Oneonta State, 5-4 on Wednesday.

In the loss to Wilkes, Scranton received its lone victory at no. 6 singles from freshman Lindsey Roberto (Princeton, N.J./Notre Dame), who was a 6-3, 6-1 winner.

Against Oneonta State, the Royals took a 2-1 lead after doubles thanks to victories from junior Emilia Jakubek (Honesdale, Pa./Scranton Prep) and Tatiana Klacko (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep) at no. 2, and senior Katherine Loughlin (Binghamton, N.Y./Seton Catholic Central) and junior Elyse Smilnak (Hollidaysburg, Pa./Hollidaysburg).

But Scranton mustered only two singles wins and lost in a heartbreaker. Those singles victories came from sophomore Sakira Fussner (Kempton, Pa./Kutztown Area) at no. 5 and Roberto at no. 6.

The women's tennis team has completed its fall schedule and will resume play in the spring.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Tuesday, Oct. 10
Men's soccer – at Dickinson (7 p.m.)

Wednesday, Oct. 11
Field hockey – vs. Drew (7 p.m.)
Women's soccer – at Drew (7 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – at Dickinson (7 p.m.)

Friday, Oct. 13
Women's volleyball – vs. Hartwick (3 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – vs. Manhattanville (7 p.m.)

Saturday, Oct. 14
Women's volleyball – at Moravian (11 a.m.)
Women's cross country – at Inter-Regional Border Battle, Rowan University (11 a.m.)
Men's cross country – at Inter-Regional Border Battle, Rowan University (11:45 a.m.)
Men's golf – at Biondi Memorial Invitational, Glenmaura National G.C., first round (TBA)
Men's swimming & diving – vs. FDU-Florham & Cabrini (1 p.m.)
Women's swimming & diving – vs. FDU-Florham & Cabrini (1 p.m.)
Field hockey – vs. Juniata (1 p.m.)
Women's soccer – at Juniata (4 p.m.)
Men's soccer – at Juniata (4 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – vs. Juniata, at Moravian (4 p.m.)

Sunday, Oct. 15
Men's golf – at Biondi Memorial Invitational, Glenmaura National G.C., final round (TBA)

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