Royal Review: October 29-November 4 (No. 10 in a weekly series)
Women’s Soccer (9-7-4)
The University of Scranton women’s soccer team won its third straight Landmark Conference title with a pair of victories in the conference playoffs over the weekend.
The Royals won their semifinal match against Catholic University, 1-0, on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Fitzpatrick Field. Junior midfielder Katie Hennigan (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) scored the game-winning goal with 4:57 remaining on an assist by junior forward Samantha Russo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown).
On Sunday, Nov. 4, the Royals captured the championship with a 2-0 victory over Moravian College at Fitzpatrick Field. Senior defender Emily Farrell (Telford, Pa./Souderton Area) scored the game-winning goal with 5:20 remaining in the match on an assist from sophomore midfielder Ellen Walker (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty). Russo added an insurance goal with 55 seconds remaining to seal the win.
The championship is Scranton’s fourth in six years of play in the Landmark Conference. The Royals have now won 19 conference championships in their 30 seasons – four in the Landmark Conference, seven during the school’s former affiliation with the Freedom Conference and nine during their affiliation with the Middle Atlantic Conference.
Scranton earned the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament and will be making its 14th NCAA tournament appearance, including its third straight.
The Royals will face Bowdoin in an NCAA tournament first-round match on Saturday, Nov. 10, at a time to be determined at Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y.
Men’s Soccer (14-2-2)
The University of Scranton men’s soccer team reached the Landmark Conference championship match over the weekend, but fell short in its goal of winning the title.
The Royals won their semifinal match against Catholic University, 2-1, on Saturday, Nov. 3, in Selinsgrove, Pa. Sophomore forward Kevin Kozic (Raritan, N.J./Immaculata) scored both goals for Scranton, including the game-winner with 3:56 remaining in regulation. Freshman midfielders Nate Doyle (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) and Michael Romano (Freehold, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) had assists in the victory.
In the championship on Sunday, Nov. 4, the Royals battled host and top-seeded Susquehanna into overtime, but eventually lost to the Crusaders, 1-0, in the 98th minute.
The Royals earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament, the program's 13th NCAA bid and first since 1993. Scranton will face Elms College in a first-round match on Saturday, Nov. 10, at a time to be determined at Babson College in Babson Park, Mass.
Field Hockey (11-7)
The University of Scranton field hockey team suffered a heart-breaking 2-1 loss in overtime to Drew University in a Landmark Conference semifinal on Saturday, Nov. 3, in Washington, D.C.
The Royals scored early on a goal by junior midfielder Jessica Conroy (Havertown, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy) on an assist by senior forward Gretchen Kempf (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South). But Drew tied the game late in the first half and won it 3:09 into overtime.
Kempf picked up her eighth assist of the season, one shy of tying the single-season school record, set in 2006 by Karolyn Holody. Kempf finishes her career with 41 goals, fourth-most in school history, and 18 assists, second-most in school history and one shy of tying the record set by Traci Zarbatany in 1986-89. Kempf’s 100 career points are also the fourth-most in school history.
Women’s Volleyball (20-15)
The University of Scranton women’s volleyball team saw its season end with a 3-0 loss to Susquehanna University in a Landmark Conference opening round playoff match on Thursday, Nov. 1, in Selinsgrove, Pa.
Sophomore outside hitter Julia Crilly (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas Institute) led the Royals with 15 kills and 20 digs, and senior Jenell McFadden (Springfield, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy) finished with eight kills and 14 digs.
The University of Scranton men’s basketball team traveled to Division I Rider University for a scrimmage on Saturday, Nov. 3, and kept the game close throughout before falling to the Broncos, 76-59.
Senior guard Tim Lavelle (Clarks Green, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) led the Royals with 19 points. Scranton also received 17 points from junior guard Michael Barr (North Wales, Pa./Lansdale Catholic), seven points, three rebounds, and two assists from senior guard Travis Farrell (Middletown, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy), and four points, six rebounds, an assist, and a block from junior Jason Pierce (Scranton, Pa./Conestoga/Lackawanna College).
The Royals open their season on Friday, Nov. 16, when they host Oneonta State at 7:30 p.m. in the opening round of the Radisson Invitational in the Long Center.
Men’s Swimming & Diving (4-1)
The University of Scranton men’s swimming & diving team dropped a narrow 106-99 decision against Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. on Saturday, Nov. 3.
Freshman Mitchell Colby (Bernardsville, N.J./Bernards) won the 500 (5:05.32) and 1000 free (10:39.31) and swam the third leg on the first-place finishing 400 freestyle relay for the Royals. Freshman Grant Owens (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) won the 100 free (:49.84) and swam the second leg on the 400 free relay.
Scranton returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m. against Goucher College in Huntingdon, Pa.
The University of Scranton women’s swimming & diving team suffered a 110-95 loss against Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. on Saturday, Nov. 3, ending Scranton’s 16-meet winning streak that dated back to the final meet of the 2011 season.
Juniors Sara Franciscovich (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) and Colleen McMahon (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) posted first-place finishes for the Royals in the 200 back (2:18.07) and 200 breaststroke (2:36.82), respectively.
Scranton returns to the pool on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m. against Goucher College and Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa.
The University of Scranton men’s cross country team took the week off in preparation for the NCAA Mideast Regional in Newville, Pa. on Saturday, Nov. 10.
The University of Scranton women’s cross country team took the week off in preparation for the NCAA Mideast Regional in Newville, Pa. on Saturday, Nov. 10.
This Week in University of
Men’s cross country – NCAA Mideast Regional, Newville, Pa. (11 a.m.)
Women’s cross country – NCAA Mideast Regional, Newville, Pa. (12 p.m.)
Men's soccer – vs. Elms, NCAA tournament first round, Babson Park, Mass. (TBA)
Women’s soccer – vs. Bowdoin, NCAA tournament first round, Ithaca, N.Y. (TBA)
Men’s swimming & diving – vs. Goucher, at Juniata (1 p.m.
Women’s swimming & diving – vs. Goucher and Juniata, at Juniata (1 p.m.)
Wrestling – Electric City Duals, John Long Center (11 a.m.)