Royal Review: October 28-November 3 (No. 10 in a weekly series)
Field Hockey (13-5, 3-3 Landmark)
The University of Scranton field hockey team clinched a Landmark Conference playoff berth with a 1-0 victory over 20th-ranked Catholic University on Saturday, Nov. 2, in Washington, D.C.
Sophomore midfielder Meghan Kearney (Broomall, Pa./Cardinal O’Hara) scored the match-winning goal in the 44th minute when she tapped in a rebound for her fifth goal of the season.
With the victory, Scranton will be the No. 4 seed in the Landmark Conference playoffs and will travel to Madison, N.J. to face Drew University in a semifinal match on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. The winner advances to the championship on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the home site of the highest remaining seed at a time to be determined.
Women’s Soccer (14-2-2, 4-0-2 Landmark)
The University of Scranton women’s soccer team will be the top seed in this week’s Landmark Conference playoffs after wrapping up its regular season with a 1-1 draw against Catholic on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Fitzpatrick Field.
Senior forward Samantha Russo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown) scored her 10th goal of the season early in the first half on an assist from junior midfielder Ellen Walker (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty). Russo's goal was her 10th of the season and the 32nd of her career, 10th most in school history. She now has 87 career points, tied for ninth in school history.
Prior to the match, the Royals honored their four seniors – Russo, midfielder Katie Hennigan (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell), defender Kaitlyn Greeley (Bardonia, N.Y./Clarkstown South) and goalkeeper Kelsy McAnelly (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy).
Scranton will host fourth-seeded Moravian in a Landmark Conference semifinal on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. at Fitzpatrick. The winner advances to the championship on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the site of the highest remaining seed at a time to be determined.
Men’s Soccer (10-3-4, 3-3-1 Landmark)
The University of Scranton men’s soccer team went 1-1 in a pair of Landmark Conference matches during the week and will wait for the result of Monday night’s Catholic-Merchant Marine Academy match to find out it’s playoff fate.
On Wednesday, Oct. 30, the Royals posted a key 4-1 victory over Merchant Marine at Fitzpatrick Field. Junior forward Kevin Kozic (Raritan, N.J./Immaculata) scored a pair of goals, freshman midfielder Michael Bergen (Newtown, Pa./The Pennington School) had a goal and an assist, and junior midfielder Rich Loeffler (Matawan, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy) added a goal.
On Saturday, Nov. 2, the Royals dropped a 1-0 decision against Catholic at Fitzpatrick. The loss left the Royals in fourth place, a point ahead of Merchant Marine Academy. If Catholic wins or the match ends in a draw on Monday, the Royals will be the fourth seed in the playoffs. If Merchant Marine Academy wins, the Royals will be eliminated.
Prior to Saturday’s match, Scranton honored its eight seniors -- defender Stephen Kilty (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West), forward Derek Klingman (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights), midfielder Colin McFadden (Ventnor City, N.J./St. Augustine Prep), defender Jared Miranda (Westbury, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial), forward Nick Paganelli (Ossining, N.Y./Fordham Prep), midfielder Jimmy Peeler (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove Area), forward John Spadaro (Stony Point, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) and midfielder Paul Trisuzzi (Morris Plains, N.J./Parsippany).
Women’s Cross Country
The University of Scranton women’s cross country team finished second at the Landmark Conference championships on Saturday, Nov. 2, in Washington, D.C.
Seniors Cara Notarianni (Dunmore, Pa./Scranton Preparatory) and Mary O’Neill (Middletown, N.J./Middletown North), and sophomore Erika Sarno (Dalton, Pa./Abington Heights) each posted top-10 finishes. Notarianni and O’Neill earned first-team all-conference honors by finishing fifth and sixth in 24:05.50 and 24:31.00, respectively, over the 6,000-meter course at the United States Soldiers’ & Airmen’s Home. Sarno’s ninth-place finish in 24:58.60 landed her second-team honors.
Scranton now has two weeks to prepare for the NCAA Mideast Regional on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.
Men’s Cross Country
The University of Scranton men’s cross country team finished fifth at the Landmark Conference championships on Saturday, Nov. 2, in Washington, D.C.
Senior Matt DiMaio (Drexel Hill, Pa./Devon Preparatory) covered the 8000-meter course in 29:10 to finish 28th to lead the Royals.
Scranton will now prepare for the NCAA Mideast Regionals on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.
Women’s Volleyball (11-23, 2-3 Landmark)
The University of Scranton women’s volleyball team went 1-2 during the week as it prepared for this week’s Landmark Conference playoffs.
The Royals opened the week with a 3-1 victory at Marywood on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Junior outside hitter Julia Crilly (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas Institute) had 15 kills and 22 digs for her 14th double-double of the season. Senior libero Michaela McCrudden (Fort Washington, Pa./Mt. St. Joseph Academy) added 12 digs, sophomore outside hitter Lizzy Zimmermann (Livingston, N.J./Livingston) had nine kills and sophomore middle hitter Rachael Cisto (Oxford, Conn./Sacred Heart Academy) had six kills, six blocks and three service aces. Freshman setter Brittany Cafiero (Merrick, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) also had 32 assists, her second-highest total of the season.
On Saturday, Nov. 2, the Royals dropped a 3-0 decision to Lebanon Valley and lost to Gallaudet, 3-1, both at Lebanon Valley. Crilly finished with 29 digs and 19 kills on the day, and freshman setter Bailey Woods (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) had 29 assists and 11 digs against Gallaudet.
Scranton will host Moravian in a Landmark Conference opening-round match on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Long Center. The winner advances to the semifinal on Friday, Nov. 8, at Juniata in Huntingdon, Pa.
The wrestling team opened its 2013-14 season by finishing 10th among 13 teams at the Monarch Invitational at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. on Saturday, Nov. 2.
Sophomore Eric Calimano (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) and freshman Ian Evans (Laurys Station, Pa./Parkland) earned second- and fourth-place finishes, respectively.
Calimano, the number five seed, made quite a run in the 285-pound weight class. He beat Chris Alianakian of SUNY Cortland, 5-2, fourth-seeded Stepehn Provenzano, 3-2, and top-seeded William Fletcher of Wilkes, 3-2, before being pinned in the championship match by Jamison Sacco of Western New England (0:.
Evans went 4-2 at 141 pounds. He pinned Trevor Meyers of Washington & Jefferson in the first period of his first match, then went on to defeat fourth-seeded Caleb Willey of Lycoming, 4-3. He lost to fifth-seeded Pankil Chander of Wilkes, 4-3, before defeating Kim Wonsik of RIT, 8-3, and pinning Zachary Britton of Lycoming (1:51) to advance to the consolation final, where he lost to third-seeded Benjamin Mikac of SUNY Oneonta, 3-1.
Scranton returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 9, when it hosts the Electric City Duals in the Long Center starting at 9 a.m.
Men’s Swimming & Diving (3-1)
The University of Scranton men’s swimming & diving team suffered a 128-77 loss to Dickinson on Saturday, Nov. 2, in the Byron Center.
Scranton received a pair of first-place finishes by senior John Hughes (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Catholic) in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.37) and sophomore Grant Owens (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) in the 100 free (:49.76).
The Royals will host Goucher College in the Byron Center on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m.
Women’s Swimming & Diving (3-1)
The University of Scranton women’s swimming & diving team suffered a 129.5-75.5 loss to Dickinson College on Saturday, Nov. 2, in the Byron Center.
Junior Paige Agnello (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) played a key role in both of Scranton’s first-place finishes. She swam the second leg on the 400 medley relay that ended up tied for first place in a time of 4:11.62 in the afternoon’s first event. Later, she won the 100 breaststroke in 1:11.77. Joining her on the 400 medley relay were sophomore Hanna Sandor (Bayport, N.Y./Bayport-Blue Point), freshman Kara Osborne (Washington, D.C./St. John’s College High School) and senior Sara Franciscovich (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson).
Scranton returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 9, when it hosts Goucher at 1 p.m. in the Byron Center.
This Week in University of Scranton Athletics
Tuesday, Nov. 5
Volleyball – Landmark Conference semifinal vs. Moravian (7 p.m.)
Field hockey – Landmark Conference semifinal at Drew (7 p.m.)
Women’s soccer – Landmark Conference semifinal vs. Moravian (7 p.m.)
Friday, Nov. 8
Women’s volleyball – Landmark Conference semifinal, TBA
Field hockey – Landmark Conference championship, TBA
Women’s soccer – Landmark Conference championship, TBA
Men’s swimming & diving – vs. Goucher (1 p.m.)
Women’s swimming & diving – vs. Goucher (1 p.m.)
Women’s volleyball – Landmark Conference championship, TBA
Wrestling – Electric City Duals (9 a.m.)