Royal Review: Oct. 9-15

Royal Review: Oct. 9-15

Women's Soccer (9-2-2, 5-0-0 Landmark)

The women's soccer team won a pair of matches during the week, both in Landmark Conference play, which secured a playoff berth for the team.

The Royals opened the week by rolling to a 4-0 victory at Drew on Wednesday, Oct. 11, in Madison, N.J. Junior forward Erica Licari (Saint James, N.Y./Smithtown East) had a career-high five points with two goals and an assist. Senior forward Jamie Hreniuk (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) added two goals in the victory. 

On Saturday, Oct. 14, the women's soccer team secured that playoff berth with a 2-0 win at Juniata in Huntingdon, Pa. The Royals scored twice in the second half, first on an own goal and then on a tally by senior forward Kelly Pompey (Scranton, Pa./Scranton Prep). Junior goalkeeper Colleen Berry (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) made six saves for her eighth shutout of the season.

The women's soccer team is back in action on Wednesday, Oct. 18, when the Royals host Haverford in a non-conference match at 7 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.

Women's Volleyball (28-2, 4-0 Landmark)

The University of Scranton volleyball team went 5-0 last week, reaching 28 victories on the season for the first time since 1999. Scranton also clinched a bid to the upcoming Landmark Conference playoffs, marking the eighth straight season the Royals will be in the field.

First on Wednesday at Dickinson, the Royals fought back from a 2-1 deficit to take a five-set victory (21-25, 25-18, 13-25, 25-19, 15-10). Scranton was led on the attack by junior Megan Monastra (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) and sophomore Kate Calabro (Seaford, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial), who both had 10 kills. Meanwhile, freshman Kindler Norman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) ended with a match-high 41 assists while also finishing with 14 digs.

On Friday night, Scranton honored five seniors – Erica Byrne (Whitestone, N.Y./Archbishop Molloy), Catherine Manning (Eastchester, N.Y./Eastchester), Morgan Rentzheimer (Allentown, Pa./Parkland), Shannon Savitsky (Centerreach, N.Y./St. Anthony's) and Kristen Sweeney (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown) – and did so in style, knocking off Hartwick in three sets and Manhattanville in four.

In the Harwick match (25-19, 25-19, 25-16), junior Kristin Kirwan (Park Ridge, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) led the attack with 11 kills, while Savitsky came off the bench and had seven kills. Sweeney added six kills, four service aces and five digs, while sophomore Victoria Capogna (Farmingdale, N.Y./St. Anthony's) also had six kills.

Against Manhattanville, the Royals blew open a match that was tied at 1-1  with big wins in the third and fourth games (25-18, 19-25, 25-18, 25-15). Manning led the attack, finishing with 12 kills, a season-best for the senior, while hitting .435 in the win. Kirwan ended a strong night on the attack with 11 more kills against Manhattanville.

Scranton then traveled to Moravian for their second Saturday of Landmark Conference matches, and was impressive, knocking off the host Greyhounds in three sets and Elizabethtown in four.

Against Moravian, Scranton absolutely dominated play from the opening serve, as they did not trail in a set until early in the third game, (25-12, 25-10, 25-18). The three-set victory was Scranton's third straight in Landmark Conference action, and the 17th of the year for the Royals, as well.

Kirwan went into double-digits again in kills, finishing with 10 kills and six digs. Calabro had another strong match, finishing with nine kills, while Norman ended with 29 assists.

In their final match of the week, the Royals' Landmark Conference set winning streak came to a close at 11 after opening a 2-0 lead before eventually defeating Elizabethtown, 25-19, 25-11, 19-25, 25-13. Kirwan was a force on the attack, as she finished with 21 kills, marking the third time on the season she had at least 20 kills. She is now fifth in program history in career kills with 1,231. Kirwan also finished the game with 11 digs.

Norman finished with 37 assists, giving her 905 for the year, and she added 12 digs, as well. Freshman Regina Schetroma (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) ended the match with a match-high 22 digs.

The University of Scranton volleyball team returns to action on Tuesday, hosting Penn State-Berks inside the Long Center in their regular season home finale. First serve is set for 7 p.m.

Field Hockey (14-0, 5-0 Landmark)

The field hockey team continued its winning ways, posting a pair of victories and clinching a Landmark Conference playoff berth.

Senior Meredith Campbell (Media, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) scored a pair of first-half goals and had an assist in the second half as The University of Scranton field hockey team raced past Drew, 5-0, Wednesday night.

In the opening frame, Scranton jumped to a 3-0 in the first 21 minutes. Junior Elizabeth Tolley (Brookside, N.J./West Morris Mendham) scored in the sixth minute, then assisted Campbell in the 10th minute to put Scranton up 2-0. In the 21st minute Campbell scored again, this time unassisted, to give Scranton a 3-0 edge entering intermission.

In the 68th minute, senior Hailey Marini (Slingerlands, N.Y./Guilderland Central) scored off an assist from freshman Megan Gallagher (Thorndale, Pa./Bishop Shanahan). Following right behind in the 69th minute was a goal from freshman Annie Amentler (Drums, Pa. / Hazleton Area), assisted by Campbell.

On Saturday, Oct. 14, the field hockey team defeated Juniata, 3-1, to secure a home playoff game in the Landmark Conference playoffs. The Royals got a pair of first half goals from senior Meredith Campbell (Media, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) and an insurance goal from sophomore Grace McClatchy (Havertown, Pa./Archbishop Carroll).

The two goals give Campbell 25 for the season, which ties her for the single-season program record with Denise Atkinson in 1985. Campbell also now holds the school's single-season record with 57 points (25 goals and seven assists), surpassing the previous record of 54 set by Atkinson in 1985.

The field hockey team will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 21, when the Royals host Goucher on Senior Day at 1 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.

Men's Soccer (8-6-0, 2-3-0 Landmark)

The University of Scranton men's soccer team went 1-1 during the week, posting a key Landmark Conference victory on the weekend.

On Tuesday, Oct. 10, host Dickinson knocked off the Royals, 6-0, in a nonconference match. The Red Devils scored three goals in the first 19 minutes and three more in the second half.

The Royals rebounded on Saturday, Oct. 14, to post a 3-0 win at Juniata to remain in the hunt for a Landmark Conference playoff berth. Three different University of Scranton men's soccer players scored goals, while a strong defense allowed only one shot in 90 minutes of play.

Senior Connor Casey (Hatfield, Pa./LaSalle College H.S.) scored in the 18th minute off an assist from sophomore Jon Roberts (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Immaculata-Somerville). It was Casey's sixth goal of the 2017 season and fourth game-winner of the year.

The Royals put the game away with two second-half goals. In the 71st minute, freshman Jarred Corbett (Wenonah, N.J./St. Augustine Prep) scored his first career goal off a Roberts assist, giving the Royals a 2-0 lead. Ten minutes later, senior Tim McGovern (Merrick, N.Y./Chaminade) scored off an assist from sophomore Christian Savino (Downingtown, Pa./Malvern Prep). It was McGovern's second goal of the 2017 and his career.

The University of Scranton men's soccer team returns to action on Tuesday, Oct. 17, traveling to Elmira for a non-conference match-up. Action gets underway at 3 p.m.

Men's Cross Country

Sophomore Eric Bartlett (Sayville, N.J./Sayville) was the first to cross the finish line for the men's cross country team in Saturday's Inter-Regional Border Battle at Rowan University. Bartlett led the team to a 22nd-place finish.

Bartlett finished the 8,000 meter course in 27:23.0 to place 133rd. Following was sophomore Zachary Gutekunst (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham), who finished 151st in 27:38.5. Right behind was freshman Jack Patwell (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia) crossing the finish line at 27:39.3.

Senior Schuyler Smith (Towanda, Pa./Towanda) finished in 27:50.5, placing 157th. Rounding out the Royals' top five was senior Nicholas Peragine (Brooklyn, N.Y./Xavier) with a time of 27:58.2 in 164th place.

The men's cross country team will now begin preparation for the Landmark Conference championships on Saturday, Oct. 28, at Standing Stone Golf Club in Huntingdon, Pa.

Women's Cross Country

Freshman Abigail Corrigan (Carbondale, Pa./Holy Cross) of the women's cross country team ran a personal best by 24 seconds in Saturday's Inter-Regional Border Battle at Rowan University. She completed the 6,000-meter course in 21:54.9 to place 10th, which led the Royals to an 18th place finish.

Freshman Abigail Guziewicz (Peckville, Pa./Holy Cross) was the second to cross the line for Scranton, finishing 71st in 23:35.2, a personal best by 21 seconds. Sophomore Amy Kaiser (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown STEM Academy) was the next Royal to cross the line. She finished 128th in 24:31.3.

Freshman Nicole Parello (Staten Island, N.Y./Susan E. Wagner H.S.) completed the course in 25:19.5, placing 166th. Rounding out the team's top five was junior Emily Carr (Elmhurst, Pa./Scranton Prep), who finished 168th with a time of 25:27.4..

The women's cross country team will now begin preparation for the Landmark Conference championships on Saturday, Oct. 28, at Standing Stone Golf Club in Huntingdon, Pa.

Men's Golf (5-1)

The men's golf team finished fourth at the Biondi Memorial on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14-15, hosted by Marywood University at Glenmaura National Golf Club.

Freshman Thomas McAuliffe (Reiserstown, Md./Loyola-Blakefield) was the top Royal, tying for fifth with a two-round total of 11-over-par 153 (75-78). Junior Kyle Hayes (East Norwich, N.Y./Oyster Bay) shot 82-78--160 to tie for 13th, and junior Brett Lubba (Pompton Plains, N.J./Pequannock Township) tied for 16th with 78-83--161.

The men's golf team will wrap up its fall season on Saturday, Oct. 21, when the Royals face Marywood in a dual match at En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott, N.Y. Opening tee shots are set for 10:30 a.m.

Women's Swimming & Diving (2-0)

The University of Scranton women's swimming & diving team opened its 2017-18 season on Saturday at home, as the Royals rolled past Cabrini (137-62) and FDU-Florham (151-43) in a double-dual meet at the Byron Center.

Scranton opened the season quickly, as the 200-medley relay team of junior Susan Neggia (Fair Lawn, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy), sophomores Jenna Harper (Easton, Pa./Easton Area) and Elizabeth Howlin (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West), and senior Raquel Wasserman (Pound Ridge, N.Y./The Fox Lane) won by almost five seconds, hitting the wall in 1:53.38.

Individually, Wasserman captured the first individual victory of the season for a Royal, as she won the 50-freestyle with a time of 25.11. Next, in the 100 IM, junior Margaret Reynolds (Centerport, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy Academy) was victorious in 1:07.67, then freshman Marycate O'Sullivan (Nanuet, N.Y./Nanuet) captured her first career victory with a time of 1:04.00 in the 100 butterfly.

In the 100 freestyle, junior Emma Ilseman (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central) narrowly defeated her sister Susannah Ilseman (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central) after hitting the wall in 56.42, while freshman Lauren Byrne (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) dominated the competition in the 100 backstroke, winning the event by almost five seconds in 1:00.93.

The last individual event of the day saw sophomore Jenna Harper (Easton, Pa./Easton Area) roll to a victory in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:12.07. In their final event overall for the afternoon, the 200 freestyle relay team of Byrne, and juniors Claire Mason (Livingston, N.J. Mt. St. Dominic Academy), Bailey Potter (Southington, Conn. / Southington) and Lucy Fulton (Wayne, Pa./Radnor) was victorious in 1:44.98.

The University of Scranton women's swimming & diving team returns to action on Friday, Oct. 27, traveling to Catholic for a dual meet against the Landmark Conference rival. Action gets underway at 7 p.m.

Men's Swimming & Diving (2-0)

The University of Scranton men's swimming & diving team opened its 2017-18 season in style on Saturday afternoon inside the Byron Center, as the Royals knocked off both Cabrini (137-62) and FDU-Florham (142.5-47.5) in a double dual meet.

Scranton kicked the day off with a victory in the 200 medley relay, as the team of junior Michael Ramsthaler (Florham Park, N.J./Seton Hall Prep), senior Patrick Blaser (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West), sophomore Timothy Quigley (Hatboro, Pa./Archbishop Wood), and freshman Matthew Mills (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) hit the wall in 1:40.47.

Individually, a different Royal swimmer was victorious in each of the events Scranton captured. First, in the 200 free, Mills won by finishing in 1:52.41. In the 50 free, junior Brayan Winiarz (Long Pond, Pa./Evergreen Community) was victorious in 22.43, while in the 100 butterfly, freshman John Fimmano (Southbury, Conn./Pomperaug) took it in a time of 58.68.

In the 100 freestyle, Daniel Muenkel (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./Arlington Senior) finished on top after hitting the wall in 51.58, while senior Joseph Vannucci (Swarthmore, Pa./Ridley) kicked off his season with a victory in the 100 back in 58.79. The final individual event of the day was the 100 breaststroke, in which Quigley was victorious in 1:02.35.

The University of Scranton men's swimming & diving team returns to action on Friday, Oct. 27, traveling to Catholic for a dual meet against the Landmark Conference rival. Action gets underway at 7 p.m.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Tuesday, Oct. 17
Men's soccer – at Elmira (3 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – vs. Penn State-Berks (7 p.m.)

Wednesday, Oct. 18
Women's soccer – vs. Haverford (7 p.m.)

Friday, Oct. 19
Women's volleyball – at Gallaudet (2 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – vs. Lebanon Valley, at Gallaudet (4 p.m.)

Saturday, Oct. 20
Men's golf – vs. Marywood, at En-Joie Golf Club, Endicott, N.Y. (10:30 a.m.)
Women's golf – vs. Marywood, at En-Joie Golf Club, Endicott, N.Y. (11 a.m.)
Field hockey – vs. Goucher (1 p.m.)
Women's soccer – at Goucher (1 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – vs. Gettysburg, at Swarthmore (2 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – at Swarthmore (4 p.m.)
Men's soccer – at Goucher (4 p.m.)

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