Royal Review: November 4-10 (No. 11 in a weekly series)
Women’s Volleyball (12-24 Landmark)
The University of Scranton volleyball team reached the Landmark Conference semifinals before falling to top-seeded and eventual conference champion Juniata.
The Royals opened the Landmark playoffs with a 3-1 victory over Moravian on Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the Long Center. Junior outside hitter Julia Crilly (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas Institute) had 19 kills and 23 digs to lead the Royals. Sophomore outside hitter Lizzy Zimmermann (Livingston, N.J./Livingston) added 13 kills, seven digs and two blocks, freshman setter Bailey Woods (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) had 40 assists and senior libero Michaela McCrudden (Fort Washington, Pa./Mt. St. Joseph Academy) had 14 digs. Sophomore middle hitter Rachael Cisto (Oxford, Conn./Sacred Heart Academy) had seven total blocks and three kills, and sophomore middle hitter Stephanie Klug (Mountain Top, Pa./Crestwood) had five kills and three blocks.
On Friday, Nov. 8, the Royals fell to ninth-ranked Juniata, 3-1. Crilly had 12 kills and 15 digs, McCrudden had 14 digs and Zimmermann added eight digs and five kills.
Crilly finishes her junior year with 408 kills, the 10th-most in a single season in school history, and 388 digs. For her career, she has 1,199 kills, fifth-most in school history, and 1,188 digs, 11th in school history.
Senior middle hitter Kelly Johnson (Pearl River, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) finished her career with 336 kills and 261 blocks, the latter of which is ninth all-time in school history. Her 118 solo blocks are sixth all-time in Royals history, and her 143 block assists are 11th.
Field Hockey (14-6 Landmark)
The University of Scranton field hockey team advanced to the Landmark Conference championship for the first time in the conference’s seven seasons before falling in the title match, 2-0, to second-seeded Catholic.
The Royals went on the road in a semifinal on Wednesday, Nov. 6, and defeated top-seeded and 18th-ranked Drew, 3-2, in overtime. Sophomore forward Meghan Kearney (Broomall, Pa./Cardinal O’Hara) scored the match-winning goal 7:33 into overtime. Junior midfielder Alyssa Fania (Annandale, N.J./North Hunterdon) and sophomore forward Krista Osborne (Blue Bell, Pa./Gwynedd-Mercy) added first-half goals in the victory.
In Saturday’s title match, the Royals couldn’t score a repeat victory over 20th-ranked Catholic on the Cardinals’ home field after knocking them off 1-0 just a week earlier. The loss ended the Royals’ season, and their 14 victories are the second-most in school history, behind 16-win seasons in 1997 and 1998.
Women’s Soccer (15-2-3)
The University of Scranton women’s soccer team was denied its fourth straight Landmark Conference title when it battled Drew to a 1-1 tie in the championship match before the Rangers took the crown on penalty kicks on Saturday, Nov. 9.
The Royals reached the title match with a 1-0 victory over Moravian on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Fitzpatrick Field. Freshman midfielder Kelly Egan (Essex Falls, N.J./West Essex) scored the only goal in the seventh minute on an assist from sophomore forward Gianna Vitolo (Denville, N.J./Morris Knolls).
In the title match at Fitzpatrick Field, the Royals trailed from the seventh minute on until sophomore defender Erin Casey (Hatfield, Pa./Gwynedd-Mercy Academy) tied the match with 1:31 left in regulation when her header found the back of the net on a corner kick by junior midfielder Ellen Walker (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty).
Neither team was able to score in the two overtime periods, and the Rangers went on to secure the title by winning the shootout, 4-3. The match is officially recorded as a draw, meaning the Royals’ unbeaten streak is now 18 matches.
Scranton will find out at 1:30 p.m. on Monday if it will receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
The University of Scranton wrestling team went 2-3 at the fifth annual Electric City Duals in the Long Center on Saturday, Nov. 3. The Royals posted a 28-14 victory over Penn College of Technology and a 50-6 win over Penn State-Beaver, while falling to Apprentice School (24-21), Maryland-Baltimore County (25-19) and Penn State-Dubois (25-22).
Junior Shawn Flesche (Northvale, N.J./Northern Valley Regional) went 5-0 for the Royals in the 165-pound weight class and senior Chris Silakoski (Trenton, N.J./Notre Dame), sophomore Eric Calimano (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) and freshman Ian Evans (Laurys Station, Pa./Parkland) each went 4-1 at 184, 285 and 149, respectively. Calimano won two of his matches by pins and the other two by major decisions.
Scranton is back in action on Sunday, Nov. 17, when it hosts Yeshiva and Muhlenberg in the Long Center at 11 a.m.
Women’s Swimming & Diving (5-1)
The University of Scranton women’s swimming & diving team posted victories over Juniata, 155-86, and Goucher, 180-72, on Saturday, Nov. 9, in the Byron Center.
Senior Sara Franciscovich (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) won three individual races and junior Kaitlyn Maloney (Basking Ridge, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) added a pair of individual victories. Franciscovich earned wins in the 200 freestyle (2:04.46), 50 freestyle (0:25.67) and 200 backstroke (2:18.77). Malone won the 1000 freestyle (11:31.41) and 500 freestyle (5:37.91).
Scranton returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 16, when it visits Ramapo College for a 2 p.m. meet.
Men’s Swimming & Diving (4-1)
The University of Scranton men’s swimming & diving team defeated Goucher, 153-104, on Saturday, Nov. 9, in the Byron Center.
Senior John Hughes (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Catholic) and sophomore Mitchell Colby (Bernardsville, N.J./Bernards) each swam to a pair of individual victories. Hughes captured wins in the 100 breaststroke in 1:00.54 and the 200 breaststroke in 2:18.40. He also swam a leg on the winning 200 medley relay team, which finished in 1:40.16. Colby captured the 1000 freestyle in 10:45.45 and the 500 freestyle in 5:12.92.
The Royals are back in the pool on Saturday, Nov. 16, when they visit Ramapo College at 2 p.m.
Men’s Soccer (10-3-4)
The University of Scranton men’s soccer team failed to clinch a playoff berth when Merchant Marine Academy defeated Catholic, 2-1, in double overtime on Monday, Nov. 4, to secure the final spot.
This Week in University of Scranton Athletics
Friday, Nov. 15
Men’s basketball – vs. Immaculata, Radisson Invitational (7:30 p.m.)
Women’s basketball – vs. Montclair State, Gwynedd-Mercy Tip-Off Tournament (6 p.m.)
Men’s basketball – vs. TBA, Radisson Invitational (2/4 p.m.)
Women’s basketball – vs. TBA, Gwynedd-Mercy Tip-Off Tournament (12/2 p.m.)
Men’s cross country – NCAA Mideast Regional at Lehigh (12:30 p.m.)
Women’s cross country – NCAA Mideast Regional at Lehigh (11 a.m.)
Men’s swimming & diving – at Ramapo (2 p.m.)
Women’s swimming & diving – at Ramapo (2 p.m.)
Sunday, Nov. 17
Wrestling – vs. Yeshiva & Muhlenberg (11 a.m.)