Royal Review: November 5-11 (No. 11 in a weekly series)
Men’s Soccer (16-2-2)
The University of Scranton men’s soccer team made its first appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament since 1993 and took full advantage, posting a pair of wins over the weekend to advance to next weekend’s sectional rounds.
The Royals rolled to a first-round victory over Elms College, 6-0, on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Babson College in Babson Park, Mass. Senior midfielder Bill McGuiness (Forty Fort, Pa./Wyoming Valley West) scored a pair of goals while sophomore midfielder Kevin Kozic (Raritan, N.J./Immaculata), junior forward John Spadaro (Stony Point, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) and freshman midfielder Michael Romano (Freehold, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) all added goals, and the Royals picked up a sixth goal on an own goal by Elms.
In Sunday’s second-round match against Colorado College, the Royals fell behind, 1-0, with less than 10 minutes to play before McGuiness tied it in the 88th minute on a penalty kick. Scranton won it 3:18 into overtime when junior forward Nick Paganelli (Ossining, N.Y./Fordham Preparatory) scored the game-winner on assists by McGuiness and senior midfielder Patrick M. Daley (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas Institute).
The two victories put Scranton into the sectional rounds for the first time since 1983, when the Royals made the last of four straight trips to the Final Four. Scranton will face Stevens Institute of Technology in a third-round match on Saturday, Nov. 10, at a time to be determined at York College in York, Pa.
Women’s Soccer (9-7-5)
The University of Scranton women’s soccer team made its third straight NCAA Division III Tournament appearance and 14th in school history over the weekend. The Royals were eliminated in heart-breaking fashion, losing a penalty kick shootout after tying Bowdoin College, 0-0, in double overtime.
The Royals had a few chances to tally the game winner, including late in regulation when a shot hit the right post and bounced away. In the shootout, both teams converted their first three tries before the Bowdoin keeper made a diving save in the fourth round. When the Polar Bears converted their kick to start the fifth round, they won the shootout, 5-3, to advance.
Men’s Swimming & Diving (5-1, 2-0 Landmark)
The University of Scranton men’s swimming & diving team posted a victory in its only meet of the week, 146-101, over Goucher College on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Juniata College.
Freshman Colby Mitchell (Bernardsville, N.J./Bernards) won the 400- (4:28.80) and 800-meter (9:11.72) freestyle and the 200-meter backstroke (2:15.41) to lead Scranton. Junior John Hughes (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Catholic) won the 100- (1:10.24) and 200-meter (2:39.52) breaststroke and swam the second leg on the 200-meter freestyle relay that finished first in 1:40.16. Joining him on the relay were sophomore Brendan McCrossan (Bernardsville, N.J./Bernards), freshman Grant Owens (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin), and sophomore Ryan Holmes (Clarks Green, Pa./Scranton Preparatory). Holmes and Owens also posted first-place finishes in the 50- (:25.37) and 100-meter (:54.87) freestyle, respectively.
Scranton returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 18, when it travels to Selinsgrove, Pa. to face Susquehanna University in a Landmark Conference meet at 2 p.m.
Women’s Swimming & Diving (6-1, 3-0 Landmark)
The University of Scranton women’s swimming & diving team went on the road and posted a pair of victories on Saturday, Nov. 10, defeating Goucher College, 222-38, and Juniata College, 178-83, in a meet at Juniata.
Sophomore Paige Agnello (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) won the 100- (1:19.87) and 200-meter (2:55.28) breaststroke and the 200-meter individual medley (2:36.52) to lead the Royals. Scranton also received two wins apiece from junior Sara Franciscovich (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) in the 100- (1:10.20) and 200-meter (2:35.80) backstroke, and sophomore Kaitlyn Maloney (Basking Ridge, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) in the 400- (4:53.56) and 800-meter (10:08.36) freestyle.
Freshmen Megan Connor (Nesconset, N.Y./Smithtown East) and Hannah Scobee (Granby, Conn./Northwest Catholic) won the 200-meter freestyle (2:17.80) and the 200-meter fly (2:45.65), respectively, and the 200-meter freestyle relay of Franciscovich, junior Jessica Merino (North Hyde Park, N.Y./Holy Trinity Diocesan), Connor, and freshman Julia Murphy (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) finished first in 1:56.52.
Scranton returns to the pool on Sunday, Nov. 18, when it travels to Selinsgrove, Pa. to face Susquehanna University in a Landmark Conference meet at 2 p.m.
The University of Scranton men’s cross country team finished 29th at the NCAA Mideast Regional on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Big Spring High School in Newville, Pa.
Junior Stefan Bossbaly (Washington Crossing, Pa./Holy Ghost Preparatory) and freshman Corey Wasilnak (Endwell, N.Y./Maine Endwell) covered the 8,000-meter course in 28:31.4 and 28:45.6 to finish 161st and 174th, respectively, to lead the Royals in their final event of the season.
The University of Scranton women’s cross country team finished 27th at the NCAA Mideast Regional on Saturday, Nov. 10, at Big Spring High School in Newville, Pa.
Sophomore Laura Fay (Thornton, Pa./Padua Academy) and junior Mary O’Neill (Middletown, N.J./Middletown North) placed 111th and 131st, respectively, to lead way in Scranton’s final event of the season. Fay covered the 6000-meter course time of 25:13.8 and O’Neill was 18 seconds behind her, in 25:31.0.
This Week in University of Scranton Athletics
Friday, Nov. 16
Men’s basketball – vs. Oneonta State, Radisson Invitational (7:30 p.m.)
Women’s basketball – vs. St. John Fisher at Rochester, N.Y. (3 p.m.)
Men’s basketball – vs. TBA, Radisson Invitational (2/4 p.m.)
Women’s basketball – vs. TBA at Rochester, N.Y. (3/8 p.m.)
Men’s soccer – vs. Stevens Tech, NCAA tournament third round (TBA)
Wrestling – at Muhlenberg (2 p.m.)
Sunday, Nov. 18
Men’s swimming & diving – at Susquehanna (2 p.m.)
Women’s swimming & diving – at Susquehanna (2 p.m.)