Royal Review: Oct. 16-22

The men's soccer team will host its alumni game on Saturday, April 21.
The men's soccer team will host its alumni game on Saturday, April 21.

Men's Soccer (10-6-0, 3-3-0 Landmark)

The men's soccer team won twice during the week, including a Landmark Conference victory that kept the team's postseason hopes alive.

On Tuesday, Oct. 17, sophomore Nick Kapelewski (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) picked the perfect time to score his first career goal, as his tally late in the first half was the difference in a 1-0 victory at Elmira on Tuesday afternoon. Kapelewski scored on a midfield cross from sophomore Patrick Prinner (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) with 52 seconds left in the first half.

On Saturday, Oct. 21, the Royals picked up a key Landmark victory by defeating Goucher, 3-1, in Towson, Md. Senior James Harris (Massapequa Park, N.Y./Chaminade) scored a pair of goals in the second half to lead the way.

The Royals moved into fourth place in the Landmark Conference with one game to play. They host Catholic in the regular season finale on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 1 p.m., and will need at least a draw to earn a playoff berth. A victory would guarantee a spot in the postseason.

Against Goucher, senior Liam Flynn (Monore, N.Y./Monrow Woodbury) scored his first career goal, assisted by freshman Jarred Corbett (Wenonah, N.J./St. Augustine Prep), just before halftime for a 1-0 lead.

Scranton went up 2-0 early in the second half after Harris scored his first goal of the game in the 51st minute. The Royals held the 2-0 lead for the majority of the half, but Goucher pulled within one with 87 seconds remaining. But, at the end of regulation, Harris scored again giving the Royals a 3-1 victory.

The University of Scranton men's soccer team returns to action in the regular season finale at home against Catholic. The Senior Day clash against the Cardinals begins at 4 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.

Women's Soccer (11-2-2, 7-0-0 Landmark)

The University of Scranton women's soccer team posted a pair of victories last week and wrapped up the top seed in the upcoming Landmark Conference playoffs in the process.

The Royals opened the week with a 3-0 victory over Haverford at Fitzpatrick Field on Wednesday, Oct. 18. The victory came despite being outshot, 16-6, but the defense held strong against strong pressure from the speedy Fords.

Senior defender Katie Cullen (Malverne, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy), junior forward Jamie Hreniuk (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) and freshman midfielder Erin Toburen (Harleysville, Pa./Lansdale Catholic) each scored in the win. Cullen and Toburen scored their first goals of the season while Hreniuk tallied her team-leading 11th of the season.

On Saturday, Oct. 21, the women's soccer team rolled to a 6-0 win at Goucher to claim the top seed in the Landmark playoffs. Junior midfielder Brittany Uricchio (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) scored a pair of first half goals, and the Royals received second-half goals from senior defender Hannah DeMars (Cranford, N.J./Cranford), senior midfielder Casey Trezza (New Providence, N.J./New Providence), junior midfielder Annelise DePaulo (Roseto, Pa./Moravian Academy) and sophomore midfielder Becca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor). Junior midfielder Taylor Stevens (Yardley, Pa./Villa Joseph Marie) also had three assists in the win.

In the two victories, junior goalkeeper Colleen Berry (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) finished with a combined seven saves and now has 10 shutouts on the season. She has now held opponents scoreless over her last 445:36 in goal and has allowed just one goal in her last 1046:55.

The women's soccer team will return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 25, when the Royals travel to Reading, Pa. to take on Penn State-Berks in a non-conference match at 7 p.m.

Women's Volleyball (32-3, 4-0 Landmark)

The University of Scranton volleyball team made history last week, recording its 32nd victory of the season, which is now the most in program history in a single season. Overall, the Royals went 4-1 on the week in non-conference play, as well.

In their first match of the week on Tuesday against Penn State-Berks, the Royals ended their regular season home slate unbeaten (15-0) with a sweep of the visiting Nittany Lions (25-17, 25-18, 25-17). In the win, freshman Jillian Graham (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) finished with a match-high 11 kills. Elsewhere, freshman setter Kyra Bevenour (Sicklerville, N.J./Washington Township) finished with a match-high 22 assists, while freshman libero Regina Schetroma (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) had 10 digs on the defensive end.

The Royals then hit the road on Friday and Saturday, first going to Gallaudet in Washington, D.C., where they beat both the host Bisons and Lebanon Valley in three sets.

Against Gallaudet, Scranton rolled to a three-set win (25-23, 25-16, 26-24), as juniors Megan Monastra (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) and Kristin Kirwan (Park Ridge, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) led the Royals attack, finishing with 11 kills, apiece. Kirwan also posted a double-double, finishing with 11 digs.

It was another three-set win for the Royals against Lebanon Valley (25-21, 25-12, 25-23). Kirwan finished with 15 kills while sophomores Victoria Capogna (Farmingdale, N.Y./St. Anthony's) and Kate Calabro (Seaford, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) ended with eight kills apiece. Freshman Kindler Norman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) had 31 assists, while Schetroma finished with 15 digs.

Scranton then headed to Swarthmore on Saturday and first made quick work of Gettysburg in three sets (25-12, 25-18, 25-17) to break the program record for most victories in a season. The three-set win was the fifth in six games for Scranton, and their 20th straight set victory of the year. Kirwan finished with 10 kills, eight digs and four blocks, while Monastra had eight kills. Meanwhile, Norman had a solid match, finishing with 29 assists, eight digs and three service aces.

The week for the volleyball team, however, ended on a down note, as the Royals dropped a 3-1 decision to host Swarthmore in the second match on Saturday (21-25, 25-15, 27-25, 26-24). Kirwan finished with a double-double of 15 kills and 13 digs, Capogna had 11 kills, six digs and two blocks, and Monastra tallied 10 kills and three digs. Norman also had a big game with 37 assists, 12 digs and three blocks.

The University of Scranton volleyball team returns to action on Tuesday, Oct. 24, when the Royals travel to Geneseo, N.Y. to take on SUNY-Geneseo in a non-conference match at 7 p.m.

Field Hockey (15-0, 6-0 Landmark)

The field hockey team won its only game of the week to remain undefeated and head into the final week of the season with a chance at the top seed in the Landmark Conference playoffs.

In her final regular season match on Fitzpatrick Field, senior Meredith Campbell (Media, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) not only broke the single-season record for goals, but also tallied all three goals to lift the Royals over Goucher, 3-2, on Saturday in Landmark Conference play.

With the victory, the Royals continue their best start in program history at 15-0 overall and 6-0 in the Landmark Conference. Before the game the field hockey program honored its five seniors – Campbell, Olivia Adams (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining), Ryan Jones (Randolph, N.J./Randolph), Jessica Kaplowitz (Glenmont, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) and Hailey Marini (Slingerlands, N.Y./Guilderland Central).

Campbell gave the Royals an early 1-0 lead, scoring her historic 26th goal one minute and 10 seconds into the match. She broke a 32-year-old record for most goals in a season previously held by Denise Atkinson (1985). Campbell's goal was assisted by freshman Megan Gallagher (Thorndale, Pa./Bishop Shanahan).

Campbell responded scoring again in the 31st minute, this time unassisted, to give Scranton a 2-1 edge entering intermission.

Goucher quickly tied the game up, scoring 48 seconds into the second half. But Campbell completed her hat trick with the game-winning goal in the 68th minute on an assist from sophomore Nicolette Keale (Wall Township, N.J./Wall).

Freshman goalie Jenna Cyr (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) had a terrific half for Scranton after giving up the early goal, as she made three saves late in the period to keep the match knotted up at 2-2 entering the final five minutes of regulation.

The University of Scranton field hockey team returns to action on Wednesday, as they travel to Vassar for a non-conference match. Things get underway at 7 p.m. The Royals, who are tied for first place in the Landmark Conference with Catholic, will face the Cardinals on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in Washington, D.C. with the top seed in the playoffs on the line.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Tuesday, Oct. 24
Women's volleyball – at SUNY-Geneseo (7 p.m.)

Wednesday, Oct. 25
Women's soccer – at Penn State-Berks (7 p.m.)
Field hockey – at Vassar (7 p.m.)

Friday, Oct. 27
Men's swimming & diving – at Catholic (5 p.m.)
Women's swimming & diving – at Catholic (5 p.m.)

Saturday, Oct. 28
Men's cross country – at Landmark Conference Championships, Huntingdon, Pa. (11 a.m.)
Women's cross country – at Landmark Conference Championships, Huntingdon, Pa. (12 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – at Susquehanna (12 p.m.)
Women's soccer – vs. Catholic (1 p.m.)
Women's volleyball – vs. Juniata, at Susquehanna (2:30 p.m.)
Men's soccer – at Catholic (4 p.m.)
Field hockey – at Catholic (5:30 p.m.)

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