Royal Review: September 24-30 (No. 5 in a weekly series)
Field Hockey (6-3, 1-0 Landmark Conference)
The University of Scranton field hockey team had a big week, winning three times to push its winning streak to four.
The Royals opened the week by defeating Immaculata University, 8-1, at Fitzpatrick Field on Tuesday, Sept. 25. Senior forward Gretchen Kempf (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) and freshman forward Alyssa Whitman (Bethlehem, Pa./Saucon Valley) each scored a pair of goals in the win.
On Saturday, Sept. 29, Scranton knocked off Wells College, 6-0, at Fitzpatrick Field as sophomore midfielder Alyssa Fania (Annandale, N.J./North Hunterdon) scored a pair of goals. Kempf added a goal and an assist in the victory.
On Sunday, Sept. 30, the Royals rolled to a 5-0 victory over Keystone College at Fitzpatrick Field behind two goals from Whitman and a goal and an assist from Kemp, who leads the team with nine goals and four assists for 22 points. She now has 84 career points, fourth-best in school history.
The field hockey team returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 3, when it hosts Moravian College in a Landmark Conference match at Fitzpatrick Field at 7 p.m.
Men’s Golf (6-0)
The University of Scranton golf team stayed undefeated by posting a trio of victories in two events during the week.
The Royals opened the week by knocking off King’s College, 308-344, and Wilkes University, 308-331, on Monday, Sept. 24, at Wyoming Valley Country Club in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Senior Jamie Bresnahan (Exeter, Pa./Wyoming Area) and sophomore Erik Meyer (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) each shot 5-over-par 76 to lead the Royals, who also received a 77 from junior Charles Hudacek (Moosic, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) and a 79 from junior Grant Gulick (Binghamton, N.Y./Johnson City).
On Friday, Sept. 28, Scranton defeated Wilkes, 302-365, at Huntsville Golf Club in Dallas, Pa. Sophomore Erik Meyer (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) led the way with a 2-under-par 70. Gulick added a 74 while Hudacek and senior Justin Riley (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield) each shot 79.
Scranton has concluded its fall season and will continue play during the spring semester.
Men’s Soccer (8-0-1, 2-0 Landmark Conference)
The University of Scranton men’s soccer team had an historic week while continuing its unbeaten run by going 1-0-1 in two matches on the road.
The Royals, who are ranked ninth in the Mid-Atlantic region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, battled Ithaca College to a 0-0 draw in double overtime on Tuesday, Sept. 25, in Ithaca, N.Y. Senior goalie James Dillon (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown East) made three saves, all during the overtime periods, for his fourth shutout of the year.
On Saturday, Sept. 29, the Royals earned a 2-1 victory at Merchant Marine Academy to give head coach Matt Pivirotto his 100th career victory and mark the program’s first 2-0 start in Landmark Conference play in the league’s six years.
Sophomore forward Rich Loeffler (Matawan, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) and senior defender Kevin Romanauskas (Elizabethtown, Pa./Elizabethtown) scored goals in the win over USMMA.
The Royals return to action on Saturday, Oct. 6, when they travel to Selinsgrove, Pa. to take on nationally ranked Susquehanna University in a Landmark Conference match at 2:30 p.m.
Women’s Soccer (4-5-2, 1-0 Landmark Conference)
The University of Scranton women’s soccer team split a pair of road matches during the week.
The Royals traveled to Allentown, Pa. on Tuesday, Sept. 25, and came away with a 1-0 victory on a goal by senior midfielder Sarah Gibbons (Monroe Township, N.J./Monroe Township). Junior goalkeeper Kelsy McAnelly (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) made a pair of saves for her fifth shutout of the season.
On Sunday, Sept. 30, Scranton suffered a 3-0 loss to Farmingdale State in Farmingdale, N.Y., a defeat that snapped the Royals’ three-game winning streak.
Scranton returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 6, when it travels to Selinsgrove, Pa. to face Susquehanna University in a Landmark Conference match at noon.
Women’s Volleyball (14-9, 1-2 Landmark Conference)
The University of Scranton women’s volleyball team went 2-2 during the week, including 1-2 in the first weekend of Landmark Conference play.
The Royals opened the week by defeating Baptist Bible College, 25-17, 25-19, 25-22. Sophomore outside hitter Julia Crilly (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas Institute) and senior outside hitter Jenell McFadden (Springfield, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy) combined for 23 kills and 20 digs, and senior setters Emily Keim (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) and Juli Woods (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) combined for 32 assists.
Scranton opened Landmark Conference play on Saturday, Sept. 29, with a 25-23, 25-9, 25-19 loss to Catholic University. Crilly had 10 kills and 10 digs in the loss.
On Sunday, Sept. 30, the Royals rebounded to defeat Goucher, 25-17, 26-24, 25-21, behind 17 kills and 10 digs from Crilly and 21digs from senior libero Marissa Every (East Norriton, Pa./Mt. St. Joseph Academy).
The Royals finished the weekend with a 23-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-21 loss to Susquehanna on Sunday. McFadden finished with 15 kills, including the 1,000th of her career. She becomes the seventh player in school history to reach the milestone.
Scranton returns to the court on Wednesday, Oct. 3, when it hosts Cortland State at 7 p.m. in the Long Center.
The University of Scranton men’s and women’s cross country teams had the week off. They will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Jack Saint Clair Memorial in Philadelphia, Pa. The women’s race starts at noon followed by the men’s race at 1 p.m.
Men’s tennis (0-1)
The University of Scranton men’s tennis team dropped its only match of the week, an 8-1 loss at Kutztown on Saturday, Sept. 29. Senior Joe Morra (Bronx, N.Y./Fordham Preparatory) posted the Royals’ only victory, a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 3 singles.
Scranton is back on the tennis courts on Saturday, Oct. 6, when it travels to Washington, D.C. to take on Catholic University at 1 p.m.
Women’s tennis (1-1)
The University of Scranton women’s tennis team dropped a 5-4 decision at Lebanon Valley College on Saturday, Sept. 29. Junior Devon Cohen (Ambler, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) posted a pair of wins while sophomores Nicole Mahaffey (Harrisburg, Pa./Trinity) and Lisa-Marie Lanciotti (Northport, N.Y./Kings Park) posted singles victories.
The Royals return to action on Saturday, Oct. 6, when they face Catholic University at 1 p.m. in Washington, D.C.
This Week in University of Scranton Athletics
Field hockey – vs. Moravian (7 p.m.)
Women’s volleyball – vs. Cortland State (7 p.m.)
Men’s cross country – Jack Saint Clair Memorial (1 p.m.)
Women’s cross country – Jack Saint Clair Memorial (noon)
Field hockey – vs. Susquehanna (1 p.m.)
Men’s soccer – at Susquehanna (2:30 p.m.)
Women’s soccer – at Susquehanna (noon)
Men’s tennis – at Catholic (1 p.m.)
Women’s tennis – at Catholic (1 p.m.)