Royal Review: October 15-21 (No. 8 in a weekly series)
Field Hockey (10-5, 4-1 Landmark Conference)
The University of Scranton field hockey team posted one of its biggest victories in recent memory, knocking off nationally ranked Catholic University on Saturday, Oct. 20.
The Royals battled the 19th-ranked Cardinals into overtime while remaining scoreless. Scranton won the game just over 10 minutes into overtime when senior forward Gretchen Kempf (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) scored on a penalty stroke after being tripped up by the goalie on a breakaway.
Kempf’s goal made it a memorable Senior Day for herself and senior midfielder Corinne O’Kane (Springfield, Pa./Cardinal O’Hara). Sophomore goalkeeper Krista Mundy (North Caldwell, N.J./West Essex) made five saves for her second solo shutout of the season.
Earlier in the week, the Royals dropped a 5-2 decision at Arcadia as Kempf and sophomore forward Cassie Mullen (Chester Springs, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) scored goals.
Scranton is currently in a three-way tie for first place in the Landmark Conference. The Royals can earn the top seed in the upcoming playoffs with a win at Juniata on Sunday, Oct. 28, and a Catholic victory over Drew on Saturday, Oct. 27.
The Royals are back in action on Tuesday, Oct. 23, when they play their final regular season home game when Vassar comes to Fitzpatrick Field for a 7 p.m. start.
Women’s Volleyball (19-12, 2-4 Landmark Conference)
The University of Scranton women’s volleyball team posted a pair of non-conference victories over Misericordia and Arcadia on Saturday, Oct. 20.
Playing at Misericordia, the Royals rolled the host Cougars, 25-13, 23-25, 25-13, 25-14 to start the day. Sophomore outside hitter Julia Crilly (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas) had 18 kills and 11 digs, senior outside hitter Jenell McFadden (Springfield, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy) had 11 kills and 12 digs, and senior setters Juli Woods (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) and Emily Keim (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) each had 19 assists.
The Royals then dumped Arcadia, 25-11, 25-16, 21-25, 25-13, behind 10 kills and four digs from Crilly and 13 assists from Woods.
Scranton returns to the court on Tuesday, Oct. 23, when it travels to Penn State-Berks for a 7 p.m. match.
Women’s Soccer (6-6-4, 3-0-2 Landmark Conference)
The University of Scranton women’s soccer team went 1-0-1 in a pair of Landmark Conference matches, putting itself in strong position to be the top seed in the upcoming playoffs.
The Royals began the week by knocking off Moravian on the road, 1-0, in overtime on the first career goal by freshman defender Erin Casey (Hatfield, Pa./Gwynedd Mercy Academy) on a corner kick by sophomore midfielder Ellen Walker (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty). Junior goalie Kelsy McAnelly (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) made four saves.
On Saturday, Oct. 20, the Royals traveled to Washington, D.C. and played to a scoreless draw against Catholic University. McAnelly made a career-high 12 saves for her ninth shutout of the season and 19th of her career.
A win or a tie against Juniata at home on Saturday, Oct. 27, would secure the top seed in the playoffs for Scranton.
The Royals are back in action on Wednesday, Oct. 24, when they host Misericordia at 7 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.
Men’s Soccer (11-1-2, 5-1 Landmark Conference)
The University of Scranton’s nationally ranked men’s soccer team clinched a playoff berth during the week before suffering their first loss of the season on the weekend.
The Royals, ranked 19th in the country, clinched a spot in the conference playoffs with a 2-1 victory at Moravian on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Sophomore forward Kevin Kozic (Raritan, N.J./Immaculata) scored a goal on an assist by senior midfielder Bill McGuiness (Forty Fort, Pa./Wyoming Valley West), and McGuiness added the Royals’ second goal.
On Saturday, Oct. 20, Scranton suffered its first loss of the season, 1-0 at Catholic. The defeat dropped the Royals into a three-way tie for first place in the Landmark Conference with one game remaining.
The Royals return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 24, when they travel to Edwardsville, Pa. to take on Wilkes University at 7 p.m.
The University of Scranton men’s cross country team took the week off in preparation for the Landmark Conference championship on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Fort Roberdeau State Park in Altoona, Pa.
The University of Scranton women’s cross country team took the week off in preparation for the Landmark Conference championship on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Fort Roberdeau State Park in Altoona, Pa.
Men’s Swimming & Diving (3-0)
The University of Scranton men’s swimming & diving team opened its season with a trio of victories last week.
The Royals traveled across town on Friday, Oct. 19, and defeated Marywood, 165-113. Freshman Mitchell Colby (Bernardsville, N.J./Bernards) won the 500 (5:00.32) and 1000 free (10:18.92) and placed second in the 200 free (1:53.51) to lead the Royals to a 194-100 victory. Scranton also received two first-place finishes from senior Tim McCormick (Scranton, Pa./Scranton) in the 1-meter (230.95 points) and 3-meter (255.10) diving.
On Saturday, Oct. 20, the Royals posted a 63-32 victory over Cabrini and a 67-27 victory over FDU-Florham in the Byron Center. Colby won the 500 (5:04.72) and 1000 freestyle (10:33.11) and the Royals captured the 200 medley and 200 free style relays en route to a 63-32 win over Cabrini and a 67-27 victory over FDU-Florham.
The Royals are back in action on Saturday, Oct. 27, when they host Widener at 1 p.m. in the Byron Center.
The University of Scranton women’s swimming & diving team also posted three victories to open the season.
The Royals knocked off Marywood, 194-100, on Friday, Oct. 19. Junior Sara Franciscovich (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson), sophomore Colleen Barry (Pembroke, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) and freshman Julia Murphy (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) each won two events. Franciscovich won the 100 back (1:03.82) and 100 fly (1:05.32), Barry captured the 1-meter (163.40 points) and 3-meter (183.20 points) diving, and Murphy finished first in the 50 (:26.01) and 100 free (:57.81). Overall, the Royals finished first in 14 of 16 events.
On Saturday, Oct. 20, the Royals defeated Cabrini, 63-31, and FDU-Florham, 67-27, in the Byron Center. Sophomore Kaitlyn Maloney (Basking Ridge, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) won the 500 (5:42.17) and the 1000 free (11:37) as the Royals won eight of nine individual events.
Scranton is back in the pool on Saturday, Oct. 27, when it hosts Widener in the Byron Center at 1 p.m.
This Week in University of Scranton Athletics
Field hockey – vs. Vassar (7 p.m.)
Women’s volleyball – at PSU-Berks (7 p.m.)
Men’s soccer – at Wilkes (7 p.m.)
Women’s soccer – vs. Misericordia (7 p.m.)
Men’s cross country – Landmark Conference Championships, Altoona, Pa.
Women’s cross country – Landmark Conference Championships, Altoona, Pa.
Field hockey – at Juniata (1 p.m.)
Men’s soccer – vs. Juniata (3:30 p.m.)
Women’s soccer – vs. Juniata (1 p.m.)
Men’s swimming & diving – vs. Widener (1 p.m.)
Women’s swimming & diving – vs. Widener (1 p.m.)
Women’s volleyball – vs. Lebanon Valley, at Gallaudet (2 p.m.)
Women’s volleyball – at Gallaudet (7 p.m.)