Royal Review: Nov. 6-12

Freshman Abigail Corrigan is only the second runner in University of Scranton history to qualify for the NCAA Division III women's cross country championship.
Freshman Abigail Corrigan is only the second runner in University of Scranton history to qualify for the NCAA Division III women's cross country championship.

Women's Cross Country

Freshman Abigail Corrigan (Carbondale, Pa./Holy Cross) placed 21st at Saturday's NCAA Mideast Regional Championships at Big Spring High School, earning a bid to compete in Saturday's NCAA Division III Championships in Elsah, Ill.

Corrigan becomes just the second women's cross country runner in University of Scranton history to qualify for the national championships. She joins Theresa Meade, who ran in the national championship race in 1984.

Corrigan completed the 6,000-meter course at the Mideast Regional in 22:41.5, the third-best time of all freshman in the race. Her effort helped the Royals finish 15th among 49 teams with 487 points. Her 21st place finish at Regionals was the best finish by a University of Scranton women's cross country runner since AnnaMaria Rigolio was 19th in 1997.

Freshman Abigail Guziewicz (Peckville, Pa./Holy Cross) was the second Royal to finish, crossing the line with a time of 24:00.6. Sophomore Amy Kaiser (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown STEM Academy) finished 118th in 24:42.1, and junior Emily Carr (Elmhurst, Pa./Scranton Prep) finished 139th in 24:56.5, her best 6,000-meter time this season.

Sophomore Emily Burns (Middletown, N.J./Middletown South) rounded out the team's top five completing the 6,000 meter course in 25:09.2 a career-best. She placed 146th.

Women's Soccer (15-4-2)

The women's soccer team posted a victory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 11, marking the first time since 2010 that the Royals reached the second round and the seventh time overall in program history.

The Royals reached the second round by defeating 25th-ranked Goucher, 2-0, at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa. Junior midfielder Brittany Uricchio (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) and senior forward Kelly Pompey (South Abington Twp., Pa./Scranton Prep) scored first-half goals in the victory.

The defense was under relentless pressure as Rowan outshot the Royals, 20-3. But junior goalkeeper Colleen Berry (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) made 12 saves, one shy of her career high, to post her 13th shutout of the season.

In Sunday's second-round matchup against the host and 10th-ranked Messiah, Scranton again faced constant pressure. This time, the Royals couldn't find the back of the net in a 1-0 loss to the Falcons. Berry finished with nine more saves, including a handful of dazzling stops, in the defeat.

The 15 victories on the season marks the third time in the past five seasons that the women's soccer team has won at least 15 games.

Men's Cross Country

Sophomore Eric Bartlett (Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) led The University of Scranton men's cross country team to a 25th-place finish at Saturday's NCAA Mideast Regional Championships at Big Spring High School in Newville, Pa. 

Bartlett had a strong end of the season, placing 72nd on the 8,000 meter course with a career-best finish of 26:50.6.

The Royals finished the event, their final of the season, by placing 25th among 51 teams.

Senior Schuyler Smith (Towanda, Pa./Towanda) was the next Royal to cross the line, placing 108th in 27:17.5, also a career best at 8,000 meters. Freshman Jack Patwell (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia) was shortly behind in 111th with a personal best of 27:20.7.

Senior Nick Peragine (Brooklyn, N.Y./Xavier) finished 174th in 28:10.2, while sophomore Zachary Gutekunst (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) completed the team's top five in 177th with a time of 28.11.9.

Women's Swimming & Diving (6-0)

The University of Scranton women's swimming & diving team won the final four events en route to avenging a five-point loss last season by defeating Dickinson, 120-85, on Saturday afternoon.

Scranton (6-0) took the top three spots in two of those final five events to complete the rally. Junior Claire Mason (Livingston, N.J./Mt. St. Dominic Academy) led the way with a pair of individual wins while junior Emma Ilseman (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central) had a win and a second place individually and swam on a winning relay team.

The women's swimming & diving team will return to action on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18 and 19, at the Diamond City Invite in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Men's Swimming & Diving (4-2)

Freshman Matthew Mills (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) had an individual victory and a relay victory, but The University of Scranton men's swimming & diving team suffered a 126-79 loss at Dickinson on Saturday.

Mills swam to first place in the 200 backstroke in a time of 2:00.11, then was part of the 200 freestyle relay team that won in 1:30.68. Joining him on that victorious relay team were freshman Ryan Comas (Philadelphai, Pa./Ryan Judge), sophomore Raymond Diorio (Warren, N.J./Watchung Hills) and junior Brayan Winiarz (Long Pond, Pa./Evergreen Community).

The men's swimming & diving team will be back in action on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18 and 19, at the Diamond City Invite in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Wrestling (4-1)

The University of Scranton wrestling team got off to a strong start in its dual meet schedule, going 3-1 at the Electric City Duals in the John Long Center on Saturday.

The Royals opened the day with three straight victories, but could not solve Oneonta State in the final match of the day, falling 23-13. The Red Dragons won the team title by going 4-0 on the day.

Scranton opened the day with a 32-11 win over Lackawanna College, then rolled to a 39-11 win over Temple. The Royals then posted an impressive 25-14 victory over Rochester Institute of Technology to set up the match against Oneonta State for the team title.

Junior Daniel D'Agostini (Allentown, Pa./Allentown Central Catholic) had a standout day for Scranton, going 4-0 at 184 pounds, posting three major decisions and a pin. Junior Kevin Merle (Stroudsburg, Pa./Belvidere) also went 4-0 at 165 pounds, winning all four bouts by decision.

The wrestling team will be back in action on Sunday, Dec. 19, when the Royals compete in the Green Terror Duals at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md.

This Week in University of Scranton Athletics

Friday, Nov. 17
Women's basketball – vs. King's, at Wilkes, Cross-County Challenge (6 p.m.)
Men's basketball – vs. PSU-Berks, Hilton Scranton Invitational (7:30 p.m.)

Saturday, Nov. 18
Men's swimming & diving – at Diamond City Invite, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (9 a.m.)
Women's swimming & diving – at Diamond City Invite, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (9 a.m.)
Men's basketball – Hilton Scranton Invitational, 3rd place or championship game (2/4 p.m.)
Women's basketball – at Wilkes, Cross-County Challenge (4 p.m.)

Sunday, Nov. 19
Men's swimming & diving – at Diamond City Invite, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (10 a.m.)
Women's swimming & diving – at Diamond City Invite, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (10 a.m.)
Wrestling – at Green Terror Duals, McDaniel College (11 a.m.)

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