Royal Review: October 7-13 (No. 7 in a weekly series)
Women’s Soccer (11-2, 2-0 Landmark)
Just call them the “Cardiac Kids.” The University of Scranton women’s soccer team won two matches in thrilling fashion to extend the team’s winning streak to 11, its longest since the Royals won 17 straight in 2003.
Scranton opened the week by rallying to defeat Western Connecticut State, 2-1, on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Junior midfielder Ellen Walker (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) scored in the 86th minute, then assisted on the match-winner in the 89th minute by freshman forward Christina Akalski (Long Beach, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial).
Three days later, the Royals scored twice late in the second half to defeat Ursinus, 3-2, on Saturday, Oct. 12, in Collegeville, Pa. Freshman forward Kelsey Bacon (Macungie, Pa./Emmaus) scored her second goal of the match to tie it in the 78th minute, and senior forward Samantha Russo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown) won it with her goal in the 86th minute.
Scranton has now won four times this season by tying a match late in regulation and winning in regulation or overtime.
The Royals return to the pitch when they travel to Reading, Pa. to take on Penn State-Berks on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 4 p.m.
Men’s Soccer (7-1-3, 1-1 Landmark)
The University of Scranton men’s soccer team won its only match of the week, 1-0 at Elmira on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Freshman defender Pat Codispoti (Rockville Centre, N.Y./Chaminade) scored the match-winning goal in the 84th minute when he cleaned up a loose ball in front of the goal.
The Royals’ match against Merchant Marine Academy on Saturday, Oct. 12, was postponed indefinitely due to the federal government shutdown.
Scranton is back in action on Oct. 16 when the Royals host Oneonta State at 4 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.
Field Hockey (11-1, 1-1 Landmark)
The University of Scranton field hockey team won twice last week to post their third straight season with at least 10 victories.
The Royals opened the week with a 3-0 victory at Moravian on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Freshman forward Jessica Gibson (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) scored her first career goal while sophomore forward Alyssa Whitman (Bethlehem, Pa./Saucon Valley) and junior midfielder Alyssa Fania (Annandale, N.J./North Hunterdon) added goals.
Scranton later rolled to an 8-1 victory over Wells College on Sunday, Oct. 13, in Aurora, N.Y. Fania led the way with three goals and an assist, her first career hat trick, giving her a team-high 11 goals on the season. The Royals also received a goal apiece from junior Emily Goss (Morristown, N.J./Morristown), sophomores Alyssa Whitman (Bethlehem, Pa./Saucon Valley) and Meghan Kearney (Broomall, Pa./Cardinal O’Hara) and freshman Elizabeth Franko (Falls, Pa./Tunkhannock).
Scranton returns to action on Thursday, Oct. 17, when the Royals host Oneonta State at 4 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.
Women’s Volleyball (7-19, 1-3 Landmark)
The University of Scranton women’s volleyball team won its only match of the week, rallying to defeat Misericordia, 3-1, on Thursday, Oct. 10, in the Long Center.
Junior outside hitter Julia Crilly (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas Institute) tied her season-high with 23 kills and freshman setter Bailey Woods (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) finished with 29 assists as the Royals won, 21-25, 25-17, 25-16, 26-24.
Crilly added 13 digs for her 11th double-double of the season and 43rd of her career. Sophomore outside hitter Lizzy Zimmermann (Livingston, N.J./Livingston) contributed eight kills and two blocks as the Royals won their second straight match.
Scranton is back in action on Saturday, Oct. 19, when it faces Goucher College in a Landmark Conference match at 6 p.m. at Merchant Marine Academy.
This Week in University of Scranton Athletics
Men’s soccer – vs. Oneonta State (4 p.m.)
Women’s soccer – at Penn State-Berks (4 p.m.)
Field hockey – vs. Oneonta State (4 p.m.)
Field hockey – at Susquehanna (1 p.m.)
Men’s soccer – vs. Susquehanna (3:30 p.m.)
Women’s soccer – vs. Susquehanna (1 p.m.)
Men’s swimming & diving – vs. Cabrini/FDU-Florham (1 p.m.)
Women’s swimming & diving – vs. Cabrini/FDU-Florham (1 p.m.)
Women’s volleyball – vs. Goucher at Merchant Marine (6 p.m.)
Sunday, Oct. 20
Womens volleyball – at Merchant Marine Academy (1:30 p.m.)